Monday, January 15, 2007

The Stink of the Golden Flower

Oh, oops, excuse me, The Curse of the Golden Flower, the movie tonight. It's possibly the worst movie ever made! OK, got that out of the way. Didn't spend much time in the studio today, this being errands/chores day. Did pack and ship out a copy of Fatherland, and did a little studio cleaning. Went to Wong's King for dinner tonight, along with Jian and Gong so they can help pick out a menu for Saturday.

[Addition: This is now a snowy Tuesday. Given that someone's already come here searching for "The Curse of the Golden Flower", I thought I'd elaborate on my claim that it's possibly the worst movie ever made. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's certainly the worst movie to come along in a long time.

The so called palace intrigue -- well, yes, everyone in the royal family wants to kill everyone else in the royal family, but nobody seems to have a plan that goes beyond just the next step. And certainly nobody seems to have a Plan B, and their Plan A's were all pretty bad. The movie is made up of sumptuously costumed/coifed/armored biomass in the forms of servants and soldiers, of which there were thousands. It's almost like they knew their screenplay wasn't going to impress anyone, so they've decided to send waves and waves of people at you instead. The whole time I was wondering if Zhang Yimou's point was only to demonstrate how many Chinese people there are. His explanation of the movie's title in Chinese -- something that is beautiful on the outside and rotten on the inside, actually describes his movie pretty darn well.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the director's very good at producing awful movies for a long time. More like large scale and extremely expenisive production cost soap opera.