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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Rebel Without A Cause

I watched this old movie on dvd last night. I hadn't seen it before yet I had an idea in my head of the kind of film it was. I had pictured James Dean as a restless punk, rebelling against everyone and everything. My pre-conceived idea was thoroughly demolished when I finally got around to watching... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Whale Rider

I've been intending to mention this movie for sometime. It is one of my favourite movies in recent years and I fully recommend it to anyone who wants to hire a dvd that offers an engaging story set in a beautiful location. Whale Rider is a New Zealand movie about a young girl struggling to find her... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Ocean's Twelve

It took me about half an hour to really get into this movie. It presumes you already have familiarity with the characters, their mannerisms and the plot of the previous film. Consequently I'd suggest you get the dvd of Ocean's Eleven just to remind yourself of what's gone on before. As in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 10, 2004

The Motorcycle Diaries

I never thought I would find a book written by Che Guevara in the travel section of a city library. It seemed strange finding his name there amidst the Cheap Eats, Top Resorts of the World and Lonely Planet books. I thought I'd take a look at the book before going to the movie and I discovered the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 6, 2004

My Life Without Me

My Life Without Me is an emotionally engaging Canadian movie about a young woman who’s given the unexpected news that she only has a few months to live. In response she keeps her medical condition to herself and makes a list of what she wants to do before dying. One of the most moving scenes shows... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 3, 2004

Team America

Some reviewers of this movie have scorned the fact that it lampoons both sides of the political fence rather than concentrating its caustic best on the right wing. I suspect those reviewers have missed the point of this movie but, before I elaborate, let me make some general observations. It's worth... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

National Treasure

It was inevitable that Hollywood followed the lead once The Da Vinci Code established itself, long term, at the top of the international best seller list. I'm not going to be derogatory about Dan Brown's writing. It isn't great literature but it's the sort of story telling that gives a certain... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Dreamcatcher

My local video shop has a two for the price of one offer on Tuesday nights. Now I normally go through a great deal of emotional drama settling on one DVD to take home. I hover. I procrastinate. I wander up and down the aisles like a child lost in the wilderness while couples bicker in the background... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Shattered Glass

The movie Shattered Glass is worthwhile viewing for anyone involved in writing and particularly in this interesting realm of blogging. It’s based on the true story of Stephen Glass, a former writer for New Republic Magazine, who wrote fiction and presented it as fact to the reading public. The main... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Safe

There’s a sense of clinical distance in the way this movie is visually composed. It feels like watching a traditional form of documentary. The story is about a woman living in the 1980s, played by Julianne Moore, who is slowly and literally suffocated by the suburban affluence that surrounds her.... Sign in to see full entry.

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