A Review of All Things

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

i wana work on the west wing

For a couple of months The West Wing was the only television I watched. I allowed myself to fully immerse myself in a childlike tv based obsession. Every night I watched an episode commencing with series one through to the end of series four and believe me that's an awful lot of episodes. I watched... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Sahara

Sahara is an enjoyable action adventure movie with interesting characters, a reasonable storyline and some great music in the soundtrack (some very cool Mali rhythms). I knew I was going to enjoy this movie while the opening credits were running. Viewers are given an enormous amount of background... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Robots

The other day I was wandering through a fancy shopping centre with nothing much to do so decided to go to a movie. I didn't feel like anything too heavy and I have a certain childlike fondness for animation so I wandered off to Robots. I sat in an enormous cinema with two families for my fellow... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Life Aquatic

I really wanted to enjoy this movie but I didn't. As a comedy it's unending dead-pan cleverness failed to engage me and make me laugh. Normally I'd enjoy a movie that looks at the dysfunctional side of relationships and shoots off in odd and eccentric directions. Normally I'd enjoy it because I tend... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

I have a confession to make. I generally love boxing movies. The attraction is vicarious in nature: weak underdog gets knocked about, regains strength and then belts the daylights out of the smug opponent. I become quite associated when watching the actual fight footage and can barely restrain my... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Final Cut (DVD)

The Final Cut presents a world of the near future where individuals can be implanted with a device which records all of their conscious experience from birth through until death. The lifetime record is then edited by “cutters” who reduce the lifetime into a two hour presentation of happy memories... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

The Life of Pi (Book)

The Life of Pi is a very engaging novel about a young Indian boy who is stranded in the middle of the ocean, in a lifeboat, with a tiger. Many topics are included in the unfolding narrative: the lack of energy in sloths, the hygienic challenges of swimming pools in Paris, the problems experienced... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 4, 2005

Frontline (DVD)

This dvd probably isn't readily available outside Australia but I think it's worth a mention. Frontline was a comedy television series produced a number of years ago. It presents the often seedy, day to day machinations involved in presenting a nightly current affairs program. The front man is an... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Sideways vs. Waking Ned Divine (Recent Release/DVD)

I watched two movies recently: the somewhat amusing Sideways which was about two friends who spend a week in the vineyards of California before one is to be married. The other movie I saw, on DVD, was the very amusing Irish movie Waking Ned Divine. As I sat in a crowd of somewhat older viewers... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Alexander (Recent Release)

Am I alone in thinking that most contemporary blockbuster movies are desperately playing catch-up with Gladiator? And the point is they always come off second best. The rousing speeches to the crowds on the eve of battle are a hollow reminder of Crowe’s speech; the warriors look like they’re... Sign in to see full entry.

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