Immediate thoughts on the fact that UPN and WB are going to be sacrificed, and their parts harvested to create the foretold Frankenstein-like "CW" network? Mostly that it’s going to make our habit of exclaiming "Wow, that’s just like a WB drama!" seem drastically outdated.
It’s a damn annoying habit, now that we think about it.
Via KFCC, the Bangkok Post‘s Kong Rithdee interviews (â™¥!) Pen-ek Ratanaruang (â™¥!), who’ll be premiering his latest, "Invisible Waves," (which, like "Last Life in the Universe," stars Tadanobu Asano) in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in three weeks.
Is "Invisible Waves" in any way a continuation from your previous film, "Last Life in the Universe", which also featured a Japanese man who get tossed around by fate?
I didn’t mean it as a continuation, but because I’ve had the same team from "Last Life" back to work with me – Asano and Chris Doyle especially – we feel like we’ve already started something together and we should go on doing it. I like "Last Life" a lot but I’m not totally happy with it, so with Asano and Chris back on board I thought we all could improve what we did in our previous effort.
But if you’re talking about the fact that the leading character in "Waves" is tossed around by fate, then it’s the same for all characters in all my previous movies, from "Fun Bar Karaoke," to "6ixtynin9" and "Monrak Transistor." In "Waves," my first idea was to make a movie that looks like a movie, you know, like in a film noir. But I’m not sure if that’s what I get at the end!
At the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog, Guy Dammann points out that gave Time Out London"CachÃ©" six stars. Out of five. And has since been forced to bump up their rating system to be out of six start because of this apparent paradigm shift:
So six is to be the new five when it comes to star ratings. Accordingly, because six out of five would be pure numerical nonsense, Time Out now rates all its films out of six. Apparently the rationale behind this Spinal Tap approach (as one of my colleagues put it) to film reviewing is that the previous five-star max was over-used and the currency in sore need of devaluing.