Boarding Gate

Yes, why did I expect more? Olivier Assayas has never done it for me…although I have to admit, I’ve only seen half of his filmography.
One thing I do like about this guy is that he makes multi-cultural films. He obviously loves Asian cinema and Asian culture in general…. I have the HHH – Un portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien by the way… very rare. Lemme know if you want me to burn a copy. And we all know about his failed marriage with Maggie Chung. Well, in this film, he gives Kelly Lin her international debut (I think she’ll make it to the level of Maggie and Ziyi Zhang if she plays her cards right, although not nearly as talented or beautiful)
and he takes us to Hong Kong at the 3/4 mark.


Anyway, this film is a mess. Here is IMDB summary: An Italian woman who lives in London has a passionate affair with a former financial big gun (Michael Madson). She also had a second lover (Carl Ng), a contract killer who has to kill the big gun. Her second lover’s wife (Kelly Lin) is behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

To tell you the truth…. I’m not even sure that is correct… I may be confused but Carl Ng isn’t a contract killer. Oh screw this…. the film is full of horrible exposition in the dialogue…. bursts of over-acting…. and a tendency to keep falling back on the strung out sexiness of Argento. Kim Gordon looks 70… no joke. And Assayas loves exploring the business side of things in his thrillers. If anybody has seen Demonlover… you’ll know that this is incredibly BORING!! Nice music by Sonic Youth though.

Please hit the StairMaster Asia!!!!

Here is the 2nd poster… again..much better than the film.


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  1. cybergosh says:

    good poster CONCEPT but, man, cmon!  you dont seriously get the buzz off Asia?!  have you looked up?  go ‘head….look at the face.  go on, look.  look closer….  see.  told ya.  same as what was just in your toliet bowl, right?  right.  glad to help.

  2. Bake Snaker says:

    whoa. whoa….c’mon… she’s a classic beauty. I don’t care what you say.  Too bad she’s so strubg out though.  6 months of healthy living would do her good.

  3. Eros Welker says:

    wasn’t the first warning that madsen was on the poster too?

  4. Tori Spelling says:

    daddy may have given us the money, connections, and fame, but he didn’t necessarily give us the aesthetic gene pool.  Give girls like us a break.  Its hard enough being thrust into a world at birth that so many struggle their whole lives to get a foothold in.  Just because i might resemble a neanderthal who lives at Sephora and Asia is a dead ringer for that girl in your junior high study hall who was 17 and would blow you for $5 and a Snapple, that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve acting work too!

  5. Rommel says:

    Which one is her rifle and which one is her gun?

  6. bake snaker says:

    you people are insane… she’s one of cinema’s classic modern beauties.

  7. junky says:

    Agree asia is beautiful.  Eric stole my response.  Basically I stopped reading the main article the second I saw the name Michael Madsen.

  8. BURNT says:

    maybe she WAS beautiful . . . but NOW she looks like Edward Furlong!!  Check that first poster again (and I don’t mean Bake : )

  9. bake snaker says:

    That reminds me….  if you ever have nothing else to do, watch Detroit Rock City to see Furlong at his most strung out.  God, is he a mess in that.