Finding good things.
I hadn’t heard of The Air I Breathe, an emotional, artsy-farsy indie starring the likes of Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser and Kevin Bacon (cameos from John Cho and Kelly Hu), written and directed by Jieho Lee.A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.I really enjoyed the slow-paced Haggis-esque narrative, delving into four separate, yet interconnected, story arcs. It is intenseeven for meas emotions hit their peaks and ugly dips; however, for me, there was something missing. A lesson or a message in redemption or salvation, that I felt was ignored, especially from this genre film. Nonetheless, it’s worth the rental.I’ve also been into 100 Bullets, a comic series about the opportunity for retribution. What if you were offered the chance to seek justice, one hundred untraceable slugsabsolute, no-frills vindication and the path to achieve it? The stories center around the right and wrong, challenging the reader’s moral compass, painting life and the world as much grayer than the absolutes that human beings cling by.The art is very dark and gritty, similar to Frank Miller’s Sin City. The narrative, of course, follows suit: lots of four-letter words and violence. That’s always a thumbs-up for me ;)So two good bits to discover, The Air I Breathe and 100 Bullets. Do it, do it =)