Johnston Lim

The Bare House  |  Bare.


Founder at The Bare House  |   Otherwise stated, I craft all written doodle and musings


Sunday, August 31, 2014
707/ In the same light

In the same light of lightness, on hiatus, this period of quiescency. 


Saturday, July 19, 2014
706/ Mood of indigo

Mood of indigo / Thank you all for the kind wishes


Monday, July 7, 2014
705/ Portra 400

Musings from Portra 400, shot with Canon AE-1


Monday, May 26, 2014
704/ Bali

Bali / May 14


Thursday, March 27, 2014
703/ As I lay dying


Sunday, March 9, 2014
702/ 你和我獨處的房間

你和我獨處的房間 / I woke up one morning enormously worn out. I felt my tired bones. I adjusted myself at the far left edge of the head rest, overlooking your neutrality and adjusting myself to the still air that kept me oversleeping, then it's a minute later, then another minute, then another. 


Thursday, February 13, 2014
701/ Scenes of Musing

01/ Scenes of Musing


Wednesday, January 22, 2014
700/ Self

One way or the other we essentially become wounded and how effectively you've grown to become the persona of yourself. How everyone perceive you in their strangest way possible is irretrievable and misguided in means of abstracted impression. I enjoy musings or rather intricate introspection of the emotional process. Knowingly vulnerable to the aspect of daily commitment on this society and everything rigid and effective. I appreciate effectiveness, getting the job done and seeing results is necessary and it's part of life. Then there's a point in life where everything's worn out and everyone is exhausted, torn, some way or the other-torn by faith, worn by belief.

Monday, January 13, 2014
699/ Half Moon

Kindled intimacy in the woods searching for existence / Half Moon as huge as your ambition


Tuesday, December 31, 2013
698/ ILO ILO, Favorite Film of the Year 2013

ILO ILO / 2013

As a huge filmgoer myself, year 2013 was a year of good achievement in local filmmaking. Congratulations to Anthony Chen and his team. IloIlo was great in accomplishing a simple plot with a soft and delicate color over the storytelling which made effective outdoing itself in the guerrilla filmmaking scene. Personally, I love the cinematography of the film and the storytelling was effective for me. (I generally love depth) Ilo Ilo was introduced to me by my dad almost a couple months before I actually caught it in the theatres. I was looking forward not because of the story but rather the style of the film. A lot of local films had lost it's character in the phase of earning recognition and the hunger to stand out.  As well, Ilo Ilo was a great depiction of not quite a local picture garnering references from indie film from the west. Influences is crucial and the taste and direction from the influences of filmmaking is necessary to establish a distinct identity from altering or sustaining the illusion for long. 

The Place Beyond the Pines / Favorite Film of the Year 2013

Needless to repeat my infatuation for Derek Cianfrance, his picture The Place Beyond the Pines outweigh my choices of the year of films and won the spot as the best film of the year (You can argue the film was release in 2012 but the release date for Singapore was slightly over the year 2013). I was heavily anticipating this film in the local theatre early this year due to 'Blue Valentine' which showcase the capacity of Derek's direction in filmmaking. I manage to catch an early screening of this film and without disappointments, my expectation of the film was reached, Ryan Gosling as usual was great in his role (even though I have a slight issue with his overwhelming tattoos) and watching Bradley Cooper tackling emotions in the film was far most exhilarating moment of the year, I would say his performance was arguably his best by far in 'Pines' (apart American Hustle I've yet caught and Silver Lining Playbook). 

As someone who creates picture myself, I am very particular in the cinematography of the film as well the color and movements of the film and 'Pines' was great in the interpretation of the mood set in the film as well the desperation, honesty and reality shown in the film. I love the dedication of the film set on the backdrop of an underlying love for his lover and as well the 3 part sequence that assembles and prevails the ambition from the opening sequence. As well, the daring plot from the writing inevitably creates an unsafe curiosity that kept me overwhelm by the visual and sound elements. Applause to Derek Cianfrance for a great film.

Honorable Mentions  - 'Mud' by Jeff Nichols, 'The Iceman' by Ariel Vromen, 'The Way Way Back' by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, 'Before Midnight' by Richard Linklater, 'Gravity' by Alfonso Cuarón and '12 Years a Slave' by Steve McQueen.