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I just got really into Japanese film about a year ago (thank you, Internet) – a few of my friends are really into J-Pop and anime, but none of them are really interested in any J-films or directors. When I went abroad to study, I met a bunch of people who were into films (duh! it was film school, after all) and we went into films all the way.

One of my first memories  (maybe 2003?) of Japanese Cinema was Battle Royal. My! What an example, eh? I was blown away~~ I don’t have other memories of J-Film prior to that other than animated films like Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) and Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)… which brings me to my post of the day for the Blogathon~~~

The Top10 Japanese Films I Watch this Past Year

in the order in which I saw them from earliest to latest~
only between these past 365 days – some of my fave didn’t make it

  • Kiraware Matsuko no Issho (Memories of Matsuko)
    by Tetsuya Nakashima (loads of people with Miki Nakatani, and Eita)
  • Tekkonkinkreet
    by Michael Arias (voice of Yu Aoi)
  • Love Letter
    by Shunji Iwai
  • Cha no Aji (The Taste of Tea)
    by Katsuhito Ishii
  • Sasame-yuki (The Makioka Sisters)
    by Kon Ichikawa
  • Tenshi no Tamago (Angel’s Egg)
    by Mamoru Oshii – sooooo weird xD
  • Wool 100%
    by Mai Tominaga
  • Hyakuman-en to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl)
    by Yuki Tanada (starring Yu Aoi)
  • Tsumiki no Ie (La Maison en Petits Cubes)
    by Kunio Kato *short film
  • Aruitemo, Aruitemo (Still Walking)
    by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Almost made it, xD

Here’s the main post.

If you’re too lazy to read that, I said to be eligible to vote you’d have to at least watch 48 films a year. We are halfway May… almost halfway through 2009, and… according to IMDb’s, I’ve got only 14 films listed as 2009. And one of them is a straight-to-video and the other is a short film hahaha. So that leaves me with freaking 12 films in 2009!!! 12 films in half a year, WTF!!! At that rate *I* won’t even be legible for voting on my own awards hahahaha.

Anyway, besides from those films… I have 9 other films that I want to see, and have already (seems like) been released somewhere in the world. Starting with… Precious (aka, Push), The Soloist, Los Abrazos Rotos, Blood: The Last Vampire, Coco avant Chanel, Up, The Young Victoria, New York I Love You… and the soon to be Terminator Salvation.

That makes it… 21. Will I make it?

If you wanna know how well you’re doing, head over to IMDb’s Power Search,

  1. select the 2009 films,
  2. exclude tv series, tv movies, direct to video and episodes…
  3. with a minimun of 50 votes (well distribute films usually have over that number of votes),
  4. sort results based on my vote rating (if you have an IMDb account)
  5. search!

Other interesting films not-yet-released here.

Experiment Awards 2009

February 28, 2009 — 11 Comments

Just for experiment purpose ONLY. Picking nominees during award season is a tough job, considering the people in charge have to sit through hundreds of films in a certain period of time to just pick them… then they probably have to see them once again to refresh their memories and pick a winner.

Even like that, there’s still people upset about not nominated and nominated films… right? You know who you are~~ Stop complaining and do something.

Amy's Experiment Awards 2009

That’s why I wanted to do some experimenting… have our own awards. Well, no~ we don’t have the money to have famous people… or to have a proper ceremony, or to make our own awards to hand out physically. Actually, we have nothing but our will to watch films, comment and try to get others to watch those films, but that will be enough~~ I think.

These would be the rules for films:

  1. All films, regardless of language, are eligible
  2. Only movies listed on IMDb on the year of the award, or released between February January to December in any city of any country around the world are eligible.
  3. Films with a very limited release, and/or problems with distribution will likely have points for them and might be eligible for the next two years.
  4. Since all the nominated films could be foreign, there will be no “Best Foreign Film” award.
  5. Sorry. No documentaries or shorts at the moment.

Rules for the voters:

  1. To be able to nominate the films you watch throughout February to December, you must AT LEAST watch one movie a week. That means at least 48 movies that year. Of course you can watch all 48 films in December instead, but that’d be rushing it, no?
  2. Each voter must do their nomination (5 nominees per category) list by the first week of January (January 7th, duh).
  3. Official nominations will be announced three days later on January 10th.
  4. Voters will be able to choose their winners from January 11th to January 28th, allowing them to re-watch their nominations and/or watch the nominated films they couldn’t watch before.
  5. Winners will be announced by the end of the month on January 31st.

Hmm… I think I covered most of all. If I have forgotten to deal with something, let me know on a comment or an e-mail. Also, if you’re interested in becoming a voter, make sure you do the same… e-mail, comment… anything. The more, the better the experiment will run, right?

Best of 2008!

December 17, 2008 — 3 Comments

So… it’s only 2 weeks short of the new year, and yet another list of what was good this year~~ Though, I’m considering of not doing 2008 stuff, and just focus on things I found in 2008 instead.

Continue Reading…

I did a 2006 Best Songs List from the music I had been listening to on my iPod, Internet, or even CD… no radio for me.  – so I thought I’d post this year’s also. In no particular order:

BEST 2007  SONGS

  • Antigone – Funky Dancers
  • Tegan and Sara – The Con
  • Green Light Go – E Ha’i Ana Wau
  • Shitdisco – OK
  • Quad Riot – Johnny Negro
  • Operator Please – Just a Song about Ping Pong
  • Michael Buble – Everything
  • Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
  • Justice – D.A.N.C.E
  • Juanes Feat. Campinos – Bandera de Manos
  • Christophe Mae – Spleen
  • Backstreet Boys – Trouble Is
  • Hanson – Been There Before
  • Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankolov – Water
  • Ayaka & Kobukuro – WINDING ROAD

Uber SPECIAL mention for Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova for the Soundtrack of the film Once. Including all the album in this list xD
BEST 2006 SONGS

  • Dixie Chicks – Ready to Make Nice
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Record On
  • KT Tunstall – Black Horse & the Cherry Tree
  • The Raconteurs – Steady as She Goes
  • Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Phenomena
  • Keith Urban – Once in a Lifetime
  • Rascal Flatts – What Hurts the Most
  • CSS – Lets Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
  • The Sounds – Night After Night
  • Sunset Rubdown – They Took a Vote and Said No