Sep. 17th, 2010 02:41 pm
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I'm glad that week's over: Frustrating days at work when others aren't doing their work as they're supposed to (as in, I tell them we need promotional material at an important conference I'm going to, I even tell them what they can do, but have to trust they will do it because I don't have the time to do their job for them, and then they deliberate over it, and a little more, hem and hum, la di da, and 2 weeks later tell me "oh we actually haven't got anything yet, and now it's too late to send over any shipment so we'll just drop it", leaving me with nothing to show for when I go meet these important people... gah!).

Anyway, I sort of sabotaged myself by leaving a big pile of manuscripts on my desk that I was going to check today (free day, but I'm two weeks out of the office soon so need to finish this stuff), and then getting into my car home without them. So, now I do have a free day after all. Oh well! :D

This week I saw the movie Four Lions, a British farcical satire about four jihadists in London. The guys are thick as bricks and have an ideology that's ridiculous (disparaging Western consumerism even while recording their (blooper) threats on camera, referencing Mortal Kombat and playing with their cell phones in Pakistan), but the film manages at the same time to carry a message that shows how far people, even people who hardly have a clue what they're doing or getting manipulated into, will go. In the end, it was quite tragic - tragi-comic I should say.

The subject is of course a touchy one. During the film five people walked out of the theatre, but I really enjoyed it. It had me in stitches, but it's message in the end was clear, and you have to accept that for what it is. It's a very sensitive topic, and some people might feel it's one too serious to toy with, but in reviews I've seen it compared to Charlie Chaplin mocking Hitler, as in mocking that which is fearsome, to disempower it. And I like that analogy.

I remember reading about a similar anecdote, where a guy infiltrated a white rights supremist group in the US whose membership was on the rise, and then what he'd pick up at their meetings was publicly mocked on the radio: All the ridiculous nick names and safe words and rites and rituals were made fun off, and that caused their popularity and membership to drop. People couldn't take them serious anymore because their little club was exposed as intrinsically silly (despite the terrible things they did besides that). And so by mocking what is threatening, you disempower it.

It doesn't take away the threat per say, but maybe disparages some people from joining what's been exposed as destructive ideology. And anyway, better to laugh than to cry at life.

(I'm pretty sure that last anecdote was from Gladwell's The Tipping Point).


Sep. 15th, 2008 01:02 pm
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I went to see Wanted yesterday evening and, my god, it was awful. AWFUL!

Now, I am pretty good with surreal movie plots. I love fantasy. I love super hero movies. I love action/horror benders. I go to all the out-there movies and am able to get sucked into the plot and characters when they’re well done. I am not quick to adore a movie, but not quick to hate either.

I shouldn't even be wasting time talking about it, but I just have to express how very awful this movie was… )


Aug. 10th, 2008 01:08 am
selene_13: (Labyrinth)
Just saw The X-files: I Want to Believe

It's okay: I thought it was going to be awful, but I quite liked it, though it was pretty heavy-handed and lacked some humor. It leaves me wanting more, but I fear that this movie will not bring in the numbers that it should to make that happen. Seeing Mulder and Scully again was like coming home. I lived with them for years, and it was good to see them again.

Discussing the movie here: Spoilers! )

ETA: The end-credits left my friend and I, and many of the other viewers, strangely captivated. Very artistically done. Loved the wave up from the boat by Mulder/Duchovny and Scully/Anderson.
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Just saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was looking forward to this (it's taken long enough to get in cinema over here), but unfortunately I didn't like it too much. Somehow the humour just can't be translated to the screen... of course, what makes the Guide so funny is the witty language, and most of it is just lost in the visuals. It's just better reading it and taking your time with it and chuckling to yourself then watching in a cinema, I suppose. It's too abstract and chaotic on the screen. Despite Rickman doing Marvin's voice, he wasn't as amusing as I thought he could be. The scene of the ultimate answer didn't carry any weight with it, and I'm quite sure the plot was hard to keep up with for non-readers. The theatre remained very much silent for a comedic film, though there were some laughs here and there. It did make we want to go and reread though.

Another one in a row of so-so movies, which included Mr. and Mrs. Smith (which was amusing but no more), War of the Worlds (which was spectacular visually, but had too many flaws to be good) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which was nice and fun, esp. Johnny Depp of course, but the singing Oompa's got very annoying even during the first song, and overall there wasn't much in this film that I would go back for. Though I loved the 'new puppet burn unit,' and the 'cannibalism' quote).

So, guess I'll wait around for something better to come along. Despite reviews, I'm going to see The Island this week. I expect nothing more than to be entertained. Watching Ewan is never a crime.


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