Make it Suntory time

Quite a week, indeed.

Last weekend’s Guangzhou trip was a rollercoaster ride and I am still recovering from that. This week, I have been helping a friend write his tournament report for the same Guangzhou event. On the side, I have been brainstorming ideas for a tech side project and started working on my second book. There is also the matter of finalizing details for our upcoming honeymoon. All good fun — it is good to stay on top of things.

I will keep this update short and sweet and mostly irreverent. I promised myself that I would write once a week, and I do not intend to stop.

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I watched Lost in Translation again. The movie resonates with me much more strongly now compared to when I first viewed it over a decade ago. Once in awhile, it is possible to feel a connection with someone regardless of age, background, or societal pretense. There is something pure and beautiful about that. Maybe because I am going through some life stuff like everyone else, or I am just getting old. Whatever the reason, Lost in Translation is clicking with me.

Sofia Coppola has just released a new film and I decided that it was a good time to revisit the shining jewel in her back catalogue. I do not regret the trip down memory lane at all. Oh yeah, Scarlett’s not bad in this one, even if it is definitively a Bill Murray movie.

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What else? I finally sat down and watched Life after hearing about it on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast interview with Walter Hill. I enjoyed it. It is a spiritual successor to Ridley Scott’s original Alien movie in more ways than one. Despite the many plot holes threatening to puncture the movie into oblivion, I enjoyed the focused monster-on-a-ship ethos that later versions of Alien failed to achieve. Do check it out if you have two hours to spare.

I will try to write something more substantial next week. In the meantime, I wish you a great weekend.

Peace,

James

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