smackshack: Marvin the Martian looks peeved. (Marvin the Martian)
I already tweeted some stuff about it, but if you're craving some (allegedly) deeper thoughts about the movie, check what I have to say after the cut.
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Fun movie.  Believable, in the sense that if you spend much time in the martial arts it's not hard to meet (or become) guys like the ones portrayed in the movie. Not believable, in the sense that I just can't buy Ewan MacGregor as a nebbish twit---he always looks like he's on the verge of shagging your sister.  Sweet, in a Hollywood kind of way.

Flawed, in a Hollywood kind of way. )

Here's what's not so fun. The Iraqi army has been using fake equipment to search for explosives at security checkpoints. They're basically dowsing for bombs, and it doesn't work. Is it just me, or is dowsing for bombs an awful lot like remote-viewing for terrorists?

Anyway, here's a nice interview with Jon Ronson, who wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats. It sounds like the book is more serious than the movie, and it might be worth a read.

Agora

Sep. 8th, 2009 01:15 pm
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Oh my.  I hope this movie, Agora, is released in the US.  And that it's as good as the trailer:




Moon

Jul. 25th, 2009 11:15 am
smackshack: Dog, from Half-Life 2, says "Y Hello Thar!" (hello thar)
Moon is a damn fine movie.  It's one of the very rare science fiction movies that is actually science fiction and not just thinly veiled fantasy, horror, disaster, or fan-wank.  Its the sort of story that could have been a novella in Analog or Asimov's.  Go see it.

Up

Jun. 13th, 2009 07:14 pm
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Yeah, it made me cry.

And cry.

And I even had to stifle some sobs. But I loved the movie. I'm a soft touch.

Afterwards Sturdy Helpmeet™ and I wondered why we so rarely cry at ordinary (non-animated) movies these days.  Probably we're

Squirrel! )

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