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    ewaffle

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    HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  ewaffle on Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:55 am

    This is odd. A twitter post from Kozo:

    lovehkfilm Kozo (LoveHKFilm)
    Google alerts has shown me a forum thread where HKMDB personnel rip on LoveHKFilm. Sad to see, thought we should all support each other.


    Anyone know what this might mean?
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    Re: HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  Masterofoneinchpunch on Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:51 am

    ewaffle wrote:This is odd. A twitter post from Kozo:

    lovehkfilm Kozo (LoveHKFilm)
    Google alerts has shown me a forum thread where HKMDB personnel rip on LoveHKFilm. Sad to see, thought we should all support each other.


    Anyone know what this might mean?

    Especially weird since we have not been able to rip, I mean post on HKMDB since last year (unless it is talking about one of the hidden threads).

    Maybe talking about this thread: http://www.hkmdb.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=51093&p=77526&hilit=Kozo#p77526
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    Re: HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  ewaffle on Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:32 am

    Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:
    ewaffle wrote:This is odd. A twitter post from Kozo:

    lovehkfilm Kozo (LoveHKFilm)
    Google alerts has shown me a forum thread where HKMDB personnel rip on LoveHKFilm. Sad to see, thought we should all support each other.


    Anyone know what this might mean?

    Especially weird since we have not been able to rip, I mean post on HKMDB since last year (unless it is talking about one of the hidden threads).

    Maybe talking about this thread: http://www.hkmdb.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=51093&p=77526&hilit=Kozo#p77526

    The first thing I thought was that there aren't any personnel at HKMDB anyway. Just one of those odd internet non-issues I guess.
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    Re: HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  Masterofoneinchpunch on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:05 am

    ewaffle wrote: ...
    The first thing I thought was that there aren't any personnel at HKMDB anyway. Just one of those odd internet non-issues I guess.

    I just thought maybe kozo got the term wrong (thinking personnel instead of users) or got the site wrong and have been reading our comments here Very Happy. Kozo is a little thin-skinned I noticed.

    If you are going to be read by over a certain amount of people, wrong or right you will have your detractors (heck I even have mine Very Happy). I do think we have had valid comments here though, I also think for the most part we are pretty fair (though I can be a barmy bastard).
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    Re: HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  ewaffle on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:13 am

    Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:
    ewaffle wrote: ...
    The first thing I thought was that there aren't any personnel at HKMDB anyway. Just one of those odd internet non-issues I guess.

    I just thought maybe kozo got the term wrong (thinking personnel instead of users) or got the site wrong and have been reading our comments here Very Happy. Kozo is a little thin-skinned I noticed.

    If you are going to be read by over a certain amount of people, wrong or right you will have your detractors (heck I even have mine Very Happy). I do think we have had valid comments here though, I also think for the most part we are pretty fair (though I can be a barmy bastard).

    He might have been the first HK movie site I bookmarked and still read him pretty regularly although as he (and everyone else) says there just isn't much product to review anymore.
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    Re: HKMDB and Love HK Films

    Post  Brian T on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:45 pm

    Can anybody remember the last time Ross Chen actually helped out at the HKMDB?

    I can't.

    But I've subjected myself to several years' worth of Chen's "meh!" appraisals of nearly every Hong Kong movie he sees, and his habitual pooping on the splash page about how readership is down, the local movie scene sucks, the site contributors all quit (gee, I wonder why?), how he's on the verge of throwing in the towel, blah, blah, blah. The site's an invaluable resource, but not unlike HKMDB it has driven a lot of good people away over the years, and you don't have to read too narrowly between the lines to feel that downer vibe. I just viewed the main page and cracks like these (no matter if they're intended as ironic) . . .

    This little HTML website now has updated blog feeds on the right but as you can see they're chunky and ugly. We would ask the numerous site contributors to help out, but they all quit.
    Hong Kong/China films explode at the box office in September, a good thing for this typically content-starved website. However, it's a bad thing because there's only one guy working on this website. We'll see what gives first: his health or his sanity.
    Somewhere in there, we'll see a small release for Scud's long-delayed Love Actually...Sucks. We'll see it depending on how much we hate ourselves.
    . . . don't inspire confidence in what I'll find when I click through on the review links.

    I'm certainly not advocating that he start loving everything that comes out of the city -- I've ultimately agreed with many of his assessments -- but I really, really, really think his sliding scale needs readjustment after too many years in trenches. Granted, he's been surprisingly kind to a few 2011 releases, so perhaps I'll eat my old words before the end of the year.

    In his most enviable favour, Chen's pretty much the only guy reviewing Hong Kong cinema with regularity from Hong Kong, so his reviews are often flecked with interesting background info that only a local would know offhand, not unlike Paul Fonoroff in his prime, another reviewer who generally disliked a great deal of the city's cinema.

    I'm eager to see his reviews of LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE and A SIMPLE LIFE, my two HK films at TIFF this year. I liked one, loved the other, but I'm curious to see if either can withstand the Ross Chen wringer! Smile


    ewaffle wrote:The first thing I thought was that there aren't any personnel at HKMDB anyway. Just one of those odd internet non-issues I guess.
    A few good souls still toil away there, thank goodness. The "images added" counts on the main page do rise on occasion, if that's any indication.




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