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A SIMPLE BLOG OF A SIMPLE MAN including teaching, photography, independent film, writing, music, living in a foreign land, the HARD FACTS of life, and a sprinkle of tounge-in-cheek comedy.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Well troops, here I am sitting on a hospital bed (with no sheets) on the 2nd to last day of 'The Stop Smoking Trial' which is a clinical trial to test a new drug that aims to stop the filthy habit? I'd like to say that I have offered my physical services all in the name of science and of course to kick the habit but the truth of the matter is in the fat check i'll will receive when I return on tuesday to reap the reward.

The Clinic

Don't get me wrong though, I'm all for the stop smoking thing and it's obvious health benefits but at the minute, the funds to edit my current film 'Night Walker' so I can move into post production next month, wins hands down! You see the cash that I get from whoring my body should be significant enough to pay some tax bills (?) and build an editing studio in our (Kaori & I) brand new mansion apartment, which let me just say is one of the best things that's happened to me since my move to Japan (7 years ago).

The apartment is a 2LDK with service room (so more like a 3LDK actually), has a size of 75 metres squared (huge by Tokyo standards) and overlooks the city and train lines in both directions (great view) on the 12th floor of a complex that is a mere 2mins from the train station. If it sounds like I'm bragging, I am, so there; who says crime doesn't pay? Hu hu hu, ha ha ha... wooooh yeh!
For more pics of the abode click on the snap below.

Here is the view overlooking the station complex from new apartment.

So now it's time to accumulate more urine have a bedtime smoke and watch a movie (Memoirs of a Geisha)... Yes, it's a tough life here in the 'clinic of truth'. Over and out...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Being a relatively recent (since moving to Japan 7 years ago) film buff and even more recent indy film actor and director, I can offer my opinion for only what it is worth. So here goes nothing... Over the last month I have seen a lot of films which have ranged from totally amazing to absolutely mind-numbing (to say the least). It seems to me that films are often made to satisfy an increasingly educated and hard-to-please audience that ironically, need all the help they can get to figure out what the hell is going on and more so, the point of the story before their eyes.

This brings me to the first of my movie comparisons today; SAW 2 (Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman). After thoroughly enjoying the predecessor (SAW) and revelling in its horror and ingenuity (script and visuals) I held high hopes for the follow up and tried for a whole month to rent it (was always out) from my local vid shop. After finally getting my dirty little hands on the shiny disc and wacking it into my laptop which, by the way, is connected to my cheap ass idiot box, I commenced my journey into a dissatisfying, crumby excuse for a sequel that seemed to be devised, pre-produced and shot in a few lunch hours (actually 25 days but who's counting).

The tagline read: We Dare You Again... and after being subjected to the half-assed acting, bad lines and crappy casting which makes my little low-budget film (Night Walker) look like that's all we did for 3 months; I wonder if the three dots following the tagline have a deeper meaning (?). So I will attempt to translate or even better, decode the meaning of these three dots for you all:

Dot . 1= Time to watch a really scary film that rides on the success of the prior to the point where we really don't give a shit who, why or what you (the so called educated audience) thinks... so there!

Dot . 2= If we give you rusty metal, sharp objects and blood, blood, blood and you still don't like it then you must not have seen the 1st one we made... fools!

Dot . 2= Bring back the past, throw in some bad one liners like: "X marks the spot" and bring the whole brew to a simmering (Oh my god, I was really right!?) climax and there you have it... SAW 2.

Now hand over your cash and be ready for the next installment of absolute horror which we soooo needed to set up in order to give you what you desire: SAW 3!

Rating: **** 4/10

Where to now?

Oh yes, I almost forgot... the contrast; NOTHING (directed by Vincenzo Natali). Well, what can I say but thank GOD for Canadians (never thought I'd actually being saying that) but they saved my month and quite possibly the year as well, with a GEM of a film about NOTHING!

Looking at the cover in the shop I thought horror/ suspense/ thriller or something along the lines of the original CUBE that I really enjoyed back a few years from the same director. Not so, and from open to close, I found myself being born again and kacking myself like a crazy man on mushies and the rest of the time in between, wondering what the hell was happening to me and the hilarious nothingness I was surrounded by. The film jolted me from my mortal sense of viewing movies with a critical eye and re-establidhed what is good about the world of cinema... absolute, refreshing creativity to say the least.

By continuing on here, I may do the film and injustice so I will just say this: Thumbs up and do yourself a favour... you will not regret it! Best film of the year, so far.

Rating: ********* 9/10 (Genius)
"Bye-bye, Andrew's thing on the floor next to the thing with the thing in it!"

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