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(網頁版請按我展開)


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
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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.

#Taiwan Apart from the preface, this post is solely written in Taiwanese Mandarin #zh-tw with characters, lexicons and dialects commonly used in Taiwan. Thus it might not be the kind of Chinese language you think it is, and might not be fluently translated with Google or other web interfaces. Also keep in mind that the writing style here could be quite ‘idiosyncratic’ sometimes even to readers who speak my language. It’s because this is a creative writing blog prone to be experimental, not a usual (and generic) 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 instead. It’s gonna take some time to finish since I still have a couple thoughts to sidle in.

#SoooUnderTheRadar 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. It’s just all so quiet this time, unlike Refn’s last three films…that all have made it to Cannes (competed for the Palme d’Or). Yeah, Cannes. People here REALLY dig that. And Awards. For an art-house(-esque) film, local or international, winning an award is pure survival here. It’s how you make it to theaters and to the crowd. 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.

#ThisBlog 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. Subversiveness and esotericism are thinner than air here and that is a problem. Although we are just too insignificant to the ‘market’, we are around. Always around. Some making auteur-driven films too. So my blog in its entirety is 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.”

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


#本篇是詳細但觀維獨特的小說解析 #長文但分段排版清楚 #亦有折疊內容

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with the key of imagination: 陰陽魔界到此一遊


“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. “—Rod Serling


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

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。注意哦,我們這裏聊的,是羅德塞林先生Rod Serling 於1959年所創的正宗原版陰陽魔界(影片都是黑白的),也是CBS電視台播映的所有陰陽魔界系列之中,劇本最為精緻的版本(特別是第一與第二季),因此本文不會介紹到後續的80年代彩色重拍或電影版,也非喬丹皮爾製作的重啟陰陽魔界影集(或稱“重返陰陽魔界”,一樣的東西),但您其實不會錯過太多,因為原版的故事好多都好精彩好有趣啊!




#號外 直達明日~ To Serve Man


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久違嘍! 排版最囉哩八嗦的年度考古清單出爐啦! 今年看過了幾部值得做點筆記的好電影,在此一次列出。那麼為什麼去年沒有列出觀影清單呢? 就是因為被2014年的排版給嚇到啦xD,太難搞了啦! 並且去年較熱衷於音樂創作,所以看的電影不多,然而就算不多,最重要的三四則觀影心得,皆已個別寫成獨立的篇章,而且這些篇章與同期關於小說、音樂的記事之間,更有讀者未知的關聯性呢! 所以就覺得沒必要再額外列單嘍!