I have a copy of Remember by 本杰明 in Chinese that I bought years ago in Shanghai because it was pretty. Only recently did I find an English translation so I could read the thing.
There are a couple of stories inside, both about being a comic book artist who’s just too imaginative for the system of Chinese comics. They’re pretty but in the interstitial texty bits he says how they aren’t as good as he wanted them to be. I agree that they aren’t amazing. I mean, I didn’t hate the book, but the stories weren’t nearly as interesting as the brushwork and colour. It just felt cliched and self-aggrandizing without something to really let the reader into.
I saw Get Low on the recommendation of my film prof friend, after complaining to him that the only movies I’d seen in the theatre in 2010 had been big action movies. Get Low is not an action movie. It is a movie about a horrible old hermit in the ’30s throwing a funeral for himself and about forgiveness. Bill Murray is in it, but Robert Duvall’s portrayal of Felix Bush is the real draw here. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lucas Black’s performance, which felt a little too on the nose as the “good guy” of the story.
Story-wise it was okay but not great. Supposedly it’s based on a sort of true story, which makes the clichedness a little less grating. But as an acting-delivery vector it’s pretty good. What these actors wring out of the story is probably worth your time.