Category Archives: Movies

Movies everyone should see – Holiday edition

Since I’ve been unswayed by the holidays this year, I’ve watched quite a few movies this year – here’s a partial list

  • Anatomy of a murder – Jimmy Stewart at his best
  • Dead Reckoning – A Bogart movie I had never seen before – another classic film noir
  • Touch of Evil – Charlton Heston as a Mexican Fed (which he pulls off well), and Orson Welles as a fat, sweaty hard drinking cop, which he played well, but wasn’t that much of a jump.
  • El Mariachi – a bit dated, but watchable

Saturday rapid fire

  • Dean Kamen’s Robot Arm – simply incredible. Why Kamen isn’t America’s most highly regarded public citizen is a mystery.
  • The liberal media follows me around an takes notes – I had this conversation with some friends last week, it’s an odd coincidence. I don’t cry at movies but my the movies that come closes are The Virgin Spring and On The Beach.
  • More HDR Photography
  • Groupware is bad
  • Russia’s Hypermortality

    Moreover, a large proportion of the Russian workforce may be too drunk to function. Almost one male death in three is alcohol-related. “The increase of alcohol consumption from 10 to 15 liters and an almost simultaneous increase in mortality suggests the central role played by alcohol to mortality, in average up to 426,000 per year in 1980-2001. Alcohol-related deaths total 29.6 percent of total mortality for men and 17.0 percent for women,” the report says.

  • My next project is going to be something like this

V for Vendetta

I finally saw the V for Vendetta movie and found it soils my memory of the comic. Gone was the grit of Evie, the violent mystery of V, the looming menace of the state. Replacing it was corporate angst, an ocean of improbabilities, and a third rate parody of the Bush Administration. Gone was all the base motivation, the insight into human nature, and a believable origin of the crisis. Instead we got soap opera, pandering nonsense, and an explanation out of a Michael Moore movie.

Somehow they turned a potent story of pure anarchism into a theme of left-wing resentment.

All that being said, it was well acted, especially by Steven Rea, who caught the essence of Finch very well.

The Sniper

I finally finished watching The Sniper, a good film noir from 1952. It’s a good tense drama about a compulsive sex killer (who uses an M1 carbine, heh). One funny moment comes after the protagonist burns himself on a stove and goes to the emergency room. In addition to the memorable scenes of doctors smoking in hospitals, it has the line

E.R doc: A man’s got no business messing around with stoves, it’s strictly a woman’s business.