The Mission

   27 October 2017, early afternoon

I got to see The Mission again, but this time on the big screen. TIFF is doing a Johnie To retrospective, and had a 35mm print of his film. Amazing. The Mission is a real classic of HK cinema. I think it’s one of his best works, and one of the best things to come out of Hong Kong. It’s such a quintessential Triad film. A group of guys need to protect their boss, whose being targeted by killers. As the film progresses they go from defending him to finding the killers to dealing with the aftermath of the whole affair. The film has a stellar cast: Simon Yam, Andy Chau, Suet Lam, Roy Cheug, and the one and only Francis Ng. (Serious: Francis Ng is such an amazing actor. I feel like he’s so underrated.) The Mission is probably most famous for it’s slow, methodical, shopping mall shoot out. The film oozes style. Watching it again I noticed how terrible the film’s score is. You can’t win them all. This film is great.


Bladerunner 2049

   23 October 2017, early evening

I used to be good about writing about every single movie I watched, no matter what or when. I’m behind: I watched two films at TIFF this year I haven’t written about. And they were both great. Anyway, this is about them. I watched the new Bladerunner film with Mezan last week. I had high hopes for the film. It looked like it would be amazing, but a sequel is a sequel. The movie opens with Ryan Gosling, playing another bladerunner, retiring a replicant played by Jose Bautista. (I think it’s amazing Bautista is this legit actor now.) The opening of the film is really strong, and sets the stage for everything that follows. The films score is incredible. The films visuals are even better. It’s been shot beautifully. It’s a long film. I wish these things were edited more aggressively sometimes. I don’t think they needed the two and a half hours to tell the story they wanted to tell. Regardless, this is a film to watch. I saw it in IMAX, and think that’s the way to go.

The official Bladerunner 2049 website.


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