clumproll on September 23rd, 2007

Beautiful Katamari might be go to PS3, but for now only on Xbox 360

Just a small update. There was much confusion of Beautiful Katamari showing up on various promotional material that it will appear on PS3 and even the Wii. In fact it’s been covered and corrected many times over that Beautiful will indeed be only for Xbox 360. 1up brings clarification that a new Katamari game will be coming our way soon to the PS3, according to Beautiful Katamari director Jun Morikawa at the Tokyo Game Show 2007. Likely not an exact port of Beautiful to the PS3 but some variation (and the name probably won’t be the same). Morikawa also “hinted at” a Wii version. So once again, PS3 version, definitely. Wii version, maybe. All I can say is yes, more please — at least until I get tired of it (which isn’t now).

In related news, 1up also has a preview of Beautiful Katamari on the Xbox 360 from TGS2007 and cites, among other things, the 1080p eye-popping factor and fun minigame sections during the reduced loadtimes. Online/downloadable content will apparently be a big focus of the game as well. Read the full preview here.

Tags: katamari, ps3, xbox 360

clumproll on September 13th, 2007

The 45th New York Film Festival at Lincon Center debuts The Darjeeling Limited, No Country for Old Men, and more

The 45th New York Film Festival at Lincon Center debuts The Darjeeling Limited, No Country for Old Men, and more


The schedule for the 45th New York Film Festival was up on Monday, and the biggest titles are already being sold out. A high profile selection of films from all over the world once again converge at Lincoln Center. It runs from September 28 to October 14, 2007

Opening night: Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s ‘Final Cut’ after 25 years. Centerpiece Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men.  Closing night, the animated Persepolis, based on the acclaimed graphic novel. A complete retrospective of Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, “father of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement.”

While those are obvious picks for any avid film fan, sold out at no tickets means looking elsewhere. Other personal picks of mine would be: The Orphanage, produced by director Guillermo Del Toro of last year’s fantastic closing night film Pan’s Labyrinth. Hou Hsiao-hsien directing Juliette Binoche in Flight of the Red Balloon. Nicole Kidman and Jack Black in Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding. Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon (in her Cannes Best Actress award winning role) in Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine. Claude Chabrol’s A Girl Cut in Two. Béla Tarr’s The Man from London. Palme D’Or winner <4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

There’s just too many interesting films. Enough reading, just go watch something before more tickets are gone.

Tags: Coen Brothers, director, event, Wes Anderson

clumproll on August 21st, 2007

This cute little fella looking like a yellow marshmallow peep has got the moves even with no appendages to speak of. If only I was graced with half the rythmic funkiness of this guy. The robot named “Keepon” dances to the tune of “Don’t You Evah” by Spoon.

Too bad it’s not retail yet – only R&D for now – or else I would have bought one in a jiff.

You know, ’cause I heart dancing lil robots. There, I said it. ^______^

Tags: keepon, music video, robot, spoon, wired

clumproll on August 19th, 2007

Family Ties

Family Ties, one of the films from the fest, starring Moon So-ri

The 7th New York Korean Film Festival 2007 starts this Tuesday and it’s turning out to be their biggest yet. Everything from romantic comedy to historical drama, the gangster flick and even documentary are represented. That includes 16 of the latest Korean movies from 2006 and 2007, a 4-film retrospective of renowned Mr. “101-films” director Im Kwon-Taek, 8 horror films (or rather 7 horror + 1 moody drama) and an expanded full day of short films for free(!). There will be a number of parties, and 2 special guest directors from Korea this year. Being pretty much the only chance for us to see these films in a theater-setting outside of Korea, I’m definitely looking forward to the fest.

Tags: director, festival, horror, korea

clumproll on July 29th, 2007

Never Forever, written/directed by Gina Kim, starring Vera Farmiga and Jung-woo Ha, with David McInnis

Never Forever, written/directed by Gina Kim, starring Vera Farmiga, Jung-woo Ha

+ Highly Recommended +

Yesterday, July 28, was the closing night of the 30th New York Asian American International Film Festival. Among other things, they chose to bookend this year’s run with the Sundance 2007 Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Never Forever.

Vera Farmiga (The Departed) expertly becomes Sophie, the well-to-do wife of a successful Korean American lawyer (David McInnis, The Cut Runs Deep).But even with the big house, the important company of upscale living and everything else, Andrew cannot give her a child, for he is impotent. After Andrew slips into suicidal depression and her in-laws give her stern looks during prayer sessions, Sophie takes on desperate measures to save her marriage. She secretly pays Jiha (Jung-woo Ha, The Fox Family, Kim Ki-duk’s Breath and Time),an undocumented Korean worker, to impregnate her. When business dealings and secrets unravel, Sophie must choose how to carry on.

Writer/Director Gina Kim, on-set with crew.

Writer/Director Gina Kim, on-set.

The second feature-length film from writer and director Gina Kim shows us a strong turn in her storytelling, now that it takes on a much more straightforward narrative approach than her first film from 2003, Invisible Light, which although dealt in a similar theme of woman and body in relation to longing/intimacy, was more experimental in style.

Turning the table on interracial relationships, women’s identity and self-empowerment, Never Forever gives us believable and strong performances that ring painfully true in our lives today, transcending the race divide that it kicks off from.An opportunity of circumstance culminates into the moment of self-discovery as Sophie defines her life beyond those around her –and it stirs the viewer with a chill and a nod.   Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: Gina Kim, interracial relationship, Jung-woo Ha, Never Forever, Vera Farmiga