I saw Bronson last night. I didn’t think much of the movie initially, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite entertaining. Bronson tells the story and life of real life Welsh criminal Charles Bronson, who spent 30 of the last 34 years in solitary confinement in prison. The solitary confinement is due to the fact that he kept taking hostages and was extremely violent. He is still in jail.
As puffy books go, Angels & Demons was OK. I remember that it must have taken me an afternoon to finish the book. But just like the DaVinci Code, I could only stomach 27 minutes of the associated movie with Tom Hanks. Ok, maybe for the DaVinci Code, it was about 30 minutes. I watched about that much. Taking breaks didn’t help. In the end, I just moved on.
Personally, I think Dan Brown books are alright. I think that if you like the DaVinci Code, you should really read Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Now that’s a great conspiracy book. When I was 17, I read the French translation, Le pendule de Foucault. There were so many complicated words that were used in this book, that I needed a dictionary in order to grasp it fully. I’m planning on reading it again, but don’t foresee any problems as I’ve read other Eco books without needing any reference books.(Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana) None of these were as complex as Foucault’s Pendulum.
That kind of reminds me when I read War and Peace for the first time. I must have been 12 and had to stop when there were all these descriptions of troop movements. I started up again a few months later to finish the book. I remember the ratty old copy my mom had lying around. Strangely enough, this copy was taken by my wife to Asia when we moved there. She took it out of my library.
The new Steven Soderbergh movie stars 21-year-old porn star Sasha Grey as a high-class escort. She is trying to build up her business and the movie deals with her trials and tribulations over a period of five days. Christine deals with different problems, from getting good reviews on escort review sites by giving the reviewers a little taste, to being a girlfriend to lonely men.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
I watched the Goonies last night. It was as good as I remembered. I went through the Wikipedia page and saw that there was some controversy about the language that the kids used in the movie. To be honest, I did notice it. It made me smile more than anything else.
I was surprised that I didn’t recognize Brolin from No Country for Old Men. I checked up on the cast and confirmed that Sean Austin was the most active in recent years. Corey Feldman still plays in some movies, but I remember that he has had a drug problem for a number of years.
I remember seeing this movie in 1986, when it came out. I really loved it back then and this most recent viewing just confirms this. I see the movie with different eyes, but I still like the same things. The crazy machines they made to open doors and the crazy machines that Data had hidden beneath his trench coat.
Anyway, it’s a great movie and I’m sure that kids will still like watching it today.
Kottke reports that Bryan Singer and McQuarrie had completely different ideas about what really happened in the cult movie The Usual Suspects. As you probably know, in the end, you can believe that either Kaiser Soze was completely made up or that Kint was telling the truth and that he was Soze. I agree with kottke, that Kint was telling the truth the whole time and that he was Soze.
Most people are aware that J.J. Abrams is behind the new Star Trek movie. His meteoric rise to fame is well deserved, thanks to a series of shrewd and smart projects, spanning the TV and movie industry, from Alias, Lost, Fringe to the Cloverfield feature film.
Arguably, Lost has made the most impact in recent years, becoming an instinctively addictive show to most viewers, who just can’t seem to get enough. Can Abrams wield his magic once more for a retconning a dying Star Trek franchise?
Warning: spoilers ahead
Thanks to digital watermarking, Fox is confident that they will catch the person or persons who pirated X-Men Origins: Wolverine a week ago. It’s a workprint copy, meaning that some special effects are missing. I watched the movie. It was OK, nothing fabulous.
Marvel tried to do what the new Batman movies are doing and failed.