The Japanese House

There’s a show on at the Barbican right now entitled “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.” What especially grabbed my attention when I saw mention of it — it’s featured in this Monocle radio show — is that it apparently includes a full-scale recreation of Ryue Nishizawa‘s Moriyama House (pictured), which just so happens to be the house that I introduced in one of the episodes of NHK’s Tokyo Eye program I appeared in back in the day. It was a fantastic experience to act as a guide to the house (check out this Google image search), which really is something incredible — and the owner who commissioned the project was a joy to speak with as well.

Blue Velvet

You know when you remember really liking a movie, but then 20 years or so pass, and you wonder if you’ll still like it? I’ve always had fond memories of Blue Velvet, and I’m a fan of David Lynch’s work in general — and Twin Peaks is my favorite TV series of all time. So while I’m in the process of re-watching Twin Peaks for the 6th time I think, how was Blue Velvet? (I watched it because it came out in 1986.) I thought it was even better than I remembered. I was completely entranced by the story and mystery that Kyle MacLachlan’s character tries to unravel — it had been so long since I’d last seen it that I barely remembered any of the story. La-la-loved it.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

I ended up doing a double bill of watching Underworld: Blood Wars and this back-to-back, and I felt that Resident Evil was the funner movie of the two to watch. I’m not a huge fan of the series, but I’ve seen them all, and so I figured I’d see how they “end” it. It had some pretty fun/ridiculous action sequences, although the quick cuts (editing) throughout did get distracting at times. It’s not a great movie, but I had a pretty good time watching it.

Underworld: Blood Wars

I used to enjoy watching these movies — slick gun-fu action with the lovely Kate Beckinsale kicking ass — but I think I’ve tired of the series, because I didn’t find much enjoyment in watching Blood Wars. The story was pretty boring, and the action sequences weren’t particularly interesting — save for the short battle on ice between Selene and Marius. And I really hated the look of all the white-haired vampires, which came off as too cheesy (and oh god those blonde highlights on Selene at the end, make it stop). I think I’m just tired of vampires/werewolves as well. I don’t imagine I’ll watch the next one (if another one gets made).