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Garden Cat

I don’t know who this cat belongs to, but it’s been frequently visiting the garden on my roof. Hello, cat!

Published on November 14, 2010

Slumdog Millionaire

After hearing that Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for best film I finally had the chance to watch it tonight. I had downloaded it weeks ago but not yet had the chance to watch it, although I have been really looking forward to it especially after it was recommended to me by Kat. I tend to not go too much for movies that win as many awards as this – to me, 8 Oscars seemed excessive – but this film in particular really threw me a curve.

I loved every moment of it, didn’t want it to end, and watched with rapture and fascination. I almost have a difficult time describing what I liked about it because it’s such an encompassing glimpse of the hardships and rewards of life that are universal to all people. But I’ll try.

Throughout the film the characters are as complex, mysterious, and unpredictable as their human counterparts. Villainous saviors, morally compromising heroes, self sacrificing back stabbers, and betting everything on the voice in your head or the twitch in your gut. In their imperfection and spontaneity they mirror all the fragility and opportunity of life.

The photography and art direction paints a bold picture of a country that’s being transformed in the span of a generation. With the film spanning a relatively brief lifetime, it looks stunning and is a joy to watch. Subtitles and all. Overall just an incredibly outstanding film.

Before hearing that Slumdog had won the Oscar I was hoping that The Wrestler would take it. I didn’t write anything on that movie and post it but I fell in love with that as well. If I had to choose between the two I don’t think I could – and I wouldn’t want to, so I won’t. But really, see these two movies if you haven’t.

Published on February 24, 2009

Lil' O'Reilly Tells It Like It Is

Published on October 3, 2008

George Carlin, 1937-2008

Today one of the greatest comedians ever has passed away, at 71 years old. Carlin has always stood out by addressing taboo societal quirks and presenting them in a new light with objectivity and stunning wit, even in his later years. I’ve never seen any comedian come close to addressing practical issues as sternly and genuinely as Carlin did – he has truly been pushing the envelope for 50 years and remained a furious rebel of societal contradictions and religious hipocrasy into his 70’s. In observance of the wisdom he offered so sharply, I won’t write rest in peace, but only that his rational insight changed the life of millions.

In memory of George Carlin I’ve downloaded every HBO special he’s broadcast during his career – 12, starting in 1977.

Published on June 23, 2008

Film Review: Firewall (2006)

FirewallFirewall stars Indiana Jones, Chloe from 24, and the T-1000. Now that we’ve gotten the most favorable details of this movie out of the way, it’s pretty much all downhill from here.

Indy plays Jack Stanfield, loyal family man and IT security manager of a bank in Seattle. His old and tired character is called into action when his family is kidnapped to coerce him into assisting a villian group of bandits rob the bank. This unfortunately has none of the intensity of Keanu Reeves helping Swayze and surfer pals rob a bank at gun point in Point Break, but most of the excitement of watching Peter Gibbons in Office Space eat Cheetos at his desk and play Tetris. The bank is robbed electronically using a gadget built by Harrison Ford out of an iPod.

All of the characters in this film are disposable except for the T-1000 who solely manages to capture the viewers interest for ┬ábrief segments. He certainly still has the look that says everything (or nothing), as he did more than 10 years ago in his most memorable role. If you’ve ever seen 24, Chloe plays Fords secretary in this film – she’s Chloe here also, nothing more and nothing less.

I have to think that many people interested in cyber-culture cinema (Sneakers, Hackers, War Games, The Net) would seek this one out looking for it to possess the same merits, but it doesn’t at all. Matter of fact, the title of the film is completely inappropriate. Not only does the plot not involve a firewall, but the word firewall isn’t even mentioned. Cash in on totally irrelevant tech buzzword? Check!

This is the largest blemish I’ve seen on Harrison Ford’s otherwise stellar filmography, and it hurts to witness it. You should check out as many Harrison Ford films as you can; just not this one. If you’ve seen The Fugitive, check him out as Allie Fox (my favorite character his career has offered) in The Mosquito Coast.

3/10 because I can’t be too harsh on Deckard, the original Blade Runner.

Published on May 10, 2006