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Wick-Quoting #52: Sunny (Sseo-ni)

“I’m sorry that I’m so pretty.  It’s all my fault.”

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The thing I like about Korean films is that they are so so so much different than Hollywood movies.  Korean films, in my opinion, are a lot more engaging, difficult, and rewarding than most movies coming out of Hollywood these days.  Sunny (Sseo-ni), is one of those films that make you realize that there is a whole other world to movies than just Hollywood, and it is reassuring.  The film is about a middle aged woman, Na-mi, remembering the past as she tries to find her old high school friends who were in a group with her named Sunny.  While the film is mainly considered  a drama, it has many other genres as well, including romance, action, and comedy.

So-ra about to talk some smack

What makes the film so great is how it all comes together – the flashbacks, the current day problems, and the foreshadowing.  The foreshadowing in Sunny is amazing and can almost bring a tear to your eye as to how perfectly it fits to the story.  Along with the foreshadowing, there are many different detailed techniques that just adds a bit more to the film, such as how the diagetic and non-diagetic music is intertwined with the story.  It really reminded me of 500 Days of Summer when Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character turns up the volume which results in the diagetic music becoming the background music of the story as well.  Other film techniques that are interesting include the transition of time, such as the scene where Na-mi takes her first shot of soju and the shot glass is shown in close up slamming on the table, but as the camera zooms out, it is apparent that the girls are already drunk, indicating a passage of time.  It is these little techniques that show how much care the director (Kang Hyeong-Cheol) put into the film.

Dreams are my reality~

Of course, the diverse cast is also what makes the film so great.  Go Su-hee, Yu Ho-jeong, and Min Hyo-rin are just a couple of popular names.  And of course, there’s Kang So-ra, the girl who plays the leader of the group.  She is very popular in Korea nowadays.

It's funny that the film had another group named Girls Generation

The film touches upon some serious topics, such as death, drugs, poverty and bullying, but even so, with the ’80s setting and the strong bond of the girls, Sunny is a heartwarming film that is definitely worth seeing.  However, due to cultural differences, foreigners will probably not get the full entertainment value that the film has to offer, for example, the ridiculous humor might escape some people.  Even so, the film overall is a very nice break from the identical story model films that Hollywood has to offer.

9.0

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #51: Moneyball

“Would you rather get one shot in the head or five in the chest and bleed to death?”

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I went into the theaters without a clue about what Moneyball was about.  All I knew was that Brad Pitt was in it and that it’s supposedly good.  And it is good.  It isn’t amazing though, just a nice, good feeling film.  It may seem like a typical sports movie at times, but trust me, it’s a bit more than that.

First of all, the main reason why the movie is good is because of Brad Pitt.  He is an actor worthy of the title.  His acting skills really helps with the sympathy you’re suppose to feel towards him and his baseball team.  Also, not to mention, his accent is amusing and in this movie, just like the rest, he is constantly eating something, which I find as a funny trademark of his. These days, inspirational sports movies don’t really focus on the final winning game – instead, they give satisfaction a slightly different way, whether it be winning the semifinals and ending the movie or losing the final game, but becoming a better person from it.  Moneyball goes about it in a similar way, trying to tell an inspirational story in an unorthodox way.  This doesn’t take away anything, it just makes the movie seem a lot more realistic and believable, especially because it is based on a true story.

The film has a feeling or realistic grit, that gets you to care about Brad Pitt’s character, Billy.  He’s went through so much and through periodic flashbacks, we know he is burdened with many regrets, yet he has to stay strong for his daughter.  The story goes against dirty dealing and shows what’s truly important in life – hard work, family, and belief.

Because the film is not in theaters anymore, I’d recommend watching it online.  Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt’s chemistry works pretty well as the cool guy and the geek.  You don’t have to like baseball to enjoy Moneyball, you just have to like movies.

8.0

Quoted by MWP

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