Thursday, May 26, 2005

TIME Critics Top 100 Films

Published here. Some of my favourites are in there, but quite a few are old movies that I've never heard of, let alone seen. I'm surprised to see some new movies that made the list, like City of God, Finding Nemo and Talk To Her.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Revenge of the Sh!t

Yes, I finally got around to seeing the third (and final?) installment of Star Wars. Good thing I had lowered my expectations before going to see the movie, because it had trouble meeting even my lowered exectations. I'm still cringing at some of the Anikin/Padme scenes (nowhere as near as bad as from Clones, but painful still). The dialogue was the patented Lucas crud that we know and hate. And of course the performances from a stellar cast are as forgettable as always (I still don't know how Lucas can get such brilliant actors like McGregor and Portman to look so bad!) Music was forgettable exept for the reprise of "Duel Of The Fates" and the "Imperial March".

So, was there anything good at all? Well, we got to see some wookies, I guess.. and very little C3PO and only a second or so of Jar Jar. The Windu v Palpatine and Yoda V Palpatine fights were pretty good I must admit, but the main fight between "Annie" and Kenobi was too fancy for it's own good.

This is one movie best to be forgotten quickly.

In much better news, seems Richard Linklater is making a film of Phillip K Dick's masterpiece A Scanner Darkly.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

A Few Words

I saw a recommendation to read Amy Hempel on Kuro5hin. Apparently Chuck Palahniuk (of fight club fame) described her work as "..you might pick up a copy of Hempel and find your best work is just a cheap rip-off of her worst.". And people on Amazon seem to agree.

I found a short story of hers online, and found it to be quite amazing... so now I'm waiting for Gleebooks to get me a copy of her latest book..

Monday, May 9, 2005

Splendour

Woohoo! Got my Splendour In The Grass ticket today. Looks like this year is really popular, camping tickets sold out in less than an hour, and the person at Redeye Records said that the other tickets are going fast..

Can't wait for July.. heading up with a bunch of mates again, and we're roughing it out like last time.. in a luxury 4 bedroom penthouse! Yeah, it sucks to be me. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Serenity

Warning - rant follows

One week ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a test screening of Joss Whedon's new film Serenity. I've been thinking about the movie and my reaction, and finally decided to blog about it. Don't worry. No Spoilers in here.

OK, so I had high expectations for Serenity. It's a Joss Whedon film, after all. But my first reaction after seeing Serenity was that it was not up to Joss' standards.

What didn't work for me? Firstly the whole suspension of disbelief just didn't carry me through. I never bought into the premise of the movie. Things happen on a grand, GRAND scale.. but our crew are just petty crooks. That was the whole POINT of Firefly. I believe the quote Joss used was "This show isn't about the people who made history; it's about the people history stepped on." They sure as hell make history in the movie..

Firefly was about what makes people tick, their motivations and drives. It was all very internal. The epitome of which was the episode Objects In Space. To me, Serenity, the film is very much the opposite of Objects. It's all about the external - explosions and fights and spaceships and stuff.. To give credit to Whedon he did integrate some interesting ideas into the story, like the nature of belief and faith, the role of government (authoritarian / paternalistic vs libertarian) and censorship.. but these are mostly drowned out by the gunfire and explosions.

So in a few words, my main gripe is that it's too much like a generic action movie.

On to what I liked. The cast were fantastic once again, everyone hit their roles like they never left them. Cap'n Mal is front and centre, of course, but River steals the show. Less of Inara and Book and I would like to have seen. And of course there was plenty of funny. Though the timing didn't seem to be quite right.. maybe it's an editing thing..

But of course, I'll be in the line to watch it the very first session it's showing in Sydney. The movie might not be Joss' best work (IMHO), but it's a hell of a lot better than almost everything else out there.