生無所欲,老無所懼 #TooOldToDieYoung

 

導演Nicolas Winding Refn (落日車神唯神能恕霓虹惡魔…etc.)今年的新作 _ TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG_老無所懼 (以下簡稱TOTDY),是一部透過Amazon Prime影音平台於線上發行的劇集…更確切地說是合計十幾小時的極長篇電影。TOTDY敘述洛城小警Martin Jones受環境所迫成為職業殺手後,所發生的一連串瘋狂殘酷歷程。

此劇實然流著新黑色電影(Neo-Noir)的血液,因此富含垃圾小說(pulp novels)、犯罪偵探、黑幫類型故事等等題材,並還結合各種邪典、超現實、異教元素,更佐以實驗性的敘事手法和大膽的影像風格,構述出一個耽美與超暴力並行的乖戾世界,並且此一世界無不映現著現實現況…以導演Refn與共同編劇Ed Brubaker特有的思路所見…

 

#NSFW #SPOILER 聲明與瀏覽方式(網頁版請按我)

 

本文所附影像略含血腥&成人畫面,請斟酌+慎入;內文敘述含有劇透內容,建議觀賞完本劇再來;註:本文為特製版面,圖文皆至800px寬度,所以13吋以上螢幕瀏覽為佳,手機不okay。20190722 文章剛完成,內容錯字修訂中敬請見諒。

 

#ENG 20190808 Preface and explanation
(web version click to expand)

 

This post is all about Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest work Too Old Too Die Young. I will go through episode-by-episode with synopsis and selected screenshots. So far Vol.1 to Vol.5 are done, the rest will be finished…in time.

Apart from the preface, this post is solely written in Traditional Chinese Big5 coding with characters, lexicons and dialects commonly used in Taiwan. Literately it’s ‘Taiwanese Mandarin’ with massive influences of Taiwanese Hokkien. I don’t define my language as just Mandarin Chinese. Thus what’s written here may not be the kind of Chinese language you think it is, and may not be fluently translated with Google or other web interfaces. Also keep in mind that the writing style here could be quite idiosyncratic even to some readers who speak my language. It’s because this is a creative writing blog prone to be experimental, not the usual (and repetitive) film review site you’d expect.

So what we have here is a TV series challenging to general viewers and the writing of it challenging to its readers. Well, what can I say? Have fun!

I’m also working on an overall afterthoughts section for TOTDY but I want to put it within 2019’s film-digging list, not here. It’s gonna take some time to finish since I still have a couple thoughts to sidle in, like thoughts that are personal and political…and about things happening on this side of the world so indifferent to what’s going on in TOTDY… or even to Brubaker’s comic stories.

And AFAICT Too Old To Die Young is far yet to be well-known (or just known) to Asia’s Chinese-speaking viewers in general… not like the Japanese fanbase I guess. It’s just all so quiet this time, unlike Refn’s last three films…that all have made it to Cannes. Yeah, Cannes. People here dig that. For an art-house film, local or international, winning a title is pure survival here. It’s how you make it to theaters and to the crowd. And we’re talking about a crowd with very short attention span and with preferences and perspectives so heavily, superstitiously, helplessly and unconsciously relying on ratings and reviews from the mainstream press, film fests and awards. It’s like that even when it comes to cult films or under-the-radar art-house gems. I don’t know why and I don’t go that way. So with publicity so modest and so minimal, I expect TOTDY to gradually gather a prominent cult-following pretty much exclusive to the west (wait, cult-following in the streaming era!? Hey that’s super cool! Neo-cult!). And before that happens, no way the show’s gonna gain any popularity here.

Also, film lovers like myself and my peers that are unanimously into Harmony Korine, Gaspar Noé, Lynch, Jodorowsky, Ferrara and Refn are ridiculously unorthodox and invisible to this side of the world. Suberviseness and esotericism are thinner than air in here and that is a problem. Anyway we are just too insignificant to the ‘market’ but we are around though. Always around. Some making auteur-driven films too. So my post here and my blog in its entirety are for these tough unorthodox mudafakas. It’s not for the mass. No. Too Old To Die Young is too badass for that too. 😎

 

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高堡奇人:A weird time in which we are alive ~ Reading The Man in the High Castle

 

“A weird time in which we are alive. We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope.”
簡譯:生於如此奇異詭譎的時代,我們可以四處遨遊,甚至還能造訪其他的星球,但為的是什麼?
為的只是日復一日地看著信念與希望愈漸凋零。

ー The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
(Chapter 10, Baynes’s thoughts) #P158/#E467

 

 

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as timeless as infinity: 歡迎光臨陰陽魔界

“It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone…"

 

#Hand-picked favorite episodes #simple notes #memorable quotes 

意外應景的新文章~~~ 看陰陽魔界、慶讚中元m(-_-)m…

本系列為夜半書寫嚴選的陰陽魔界The Twilight Zone 1959~64原版季數回顧筆記。注意~ 我們聊的是60年代Rod Serling主持的全黑白原版系列,不是任何的重拍版哦,也不是電影版的。

此篇介紹為上集,內容包括陰陽魔界第一季與第二季的分集筆記,嚴選18集,集集經典。第三~第五季的介紹則另於下集刊載 (目前只寫完第三季)。

p.s. 介紹內容大多有劇透,煩請讀者注意,並且此文篇幅極長,建議將每一集當做一個章節看待(共有18章哦),並且分批閱讀為佳…或隨性滑滑頁面、看看圖片,再選定今天要讀哪集的介紹…這樣玩也不錯哦!

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