Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
- Heath Ledger's performance. Everything the Joker could and should be. It's like he's in a better movie running alongside this one and he shows up every now and again to show people how it's done.
- The first 20 minutes. Lean and mean, their success is betrayed by what comes next.
- Russian Ballerinas. 'nuff said.
- Bruce Wayne's Armani suits.
- The batmobile saying "Goodbye" just before it blows up.
- Trucks flipping over.
- Operation Skyhook.
- Disappearning pencils.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
All plot, no story. As if Christopher Nolan said to himself, "If i put this many scenes about duality and darkness together, it will add up to a cool movie," rather than "What does an exploration of these themes look like and how would they play out among these characters?" Memo #1 to Mr. Nolan: You are not the next Hitchcock, sorry to say. UPDATE - come to think of it, I'd venture to say Christopher Nolan doesn't really understand characters. Or storytelling. What he does understand is plot mechanics. Consider Momento, or The Prestige. His movies are elaborate and intriciate constructions. They look great, have great casts, but they have no soul.
Clumsy fight scenes. Memo #2 to Mr. Nolan: Go watch the russian bath fight scene in Eastern Promises. Repeat as necessary.
Clumsy action sequences. This I found particularly odd, since the big chase scene in batman begins had at least as many vehicles moving around. Memo #3 to Mr. Nolan: Go watch any / all of the following to see how to stage action setpices:
- The French Connection
- Ben Hur
- Terminator 2, Aliens or any James Cameron movie that has large metal things smashing into each other.
Aaron Eckhart's performance. Pains me as it does to write this, seeing as i saw the guy in London while he was still shooting, but I didn't believe his performance as the do-gooder. So, cool makeup aside, I didn't buy his transformation. Sorry dude, you were better in Thank You for Smoking and, if it makes you feel any better, you were the best thing about Erin Brockovich.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
am i just wasting my time, amelia?
are you awake? are you ready for the country? are you real?
beware of darkness beyond the pale
bullet buried in your heart
begin the beguine behind that locked door
california dreamline, california uber alles
Monday, 21 July 2008
"There's no problem at all, sir," he said. "Enjoy the weekend."
I can only imagine, or maybe project, the sheer terror that went thru this guy's mind when he said this. But hey, Carroll, a shout out to you for getting it. If your hotel chain comes up in conversation, i'll be sure to give it the good word.
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Plus - Nicholas Carr (he of the somewhat ongoing debate w/Don Tapscott about the value of IT), about what's happening to our google-addled brains. read it here: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google
If only McLuhan was here today.
"...as a matter of fact I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here."