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Film – Quick Thoughts: Audition

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Audition, directed by Takashi Miike
Written by: Daisuke Tengan
Starring: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina & Tetsu Sawaki
My rating: 4 of 5

I’d heard a lot of good things about this film, but it seems I’ve mixed up the plot of this with another one (probably Battle Royale), as I was expecting it to be about two women fighting to the death but this was about something else entirely, a man staging a fake film audition to find love and instead being targeted by a crazy woman who sees through his plan and habitually punishes people for taking advantage of women.

As you can see from the image there’s a big focus on Eihi, the poster and DVD cover showing her with various instruments of torture, but though it’s probably the defining moment of the film (and is incredibly graphic, not pleasant to watch at all) in terms of screen time it’s not that big a part of the film, and it’s certainly not a ‘torture porn’ movie like a Saw or Hostel. Most of the time it’s about Ryo trying to find somebody who can fill the gap left by the loss of his wife, making some bad decisions along the way and, when he thinks he’s found that woman, trying to keep her in his life, seizing upon everything he remembers her telling him to try and track her down. It’s a very good film.


Film – Quick Thoughts: Girl, Interrupted

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Sucker Punch
Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold
Written by: James Mangold, Lisa Loomer and Anna Hamilton Phelan
Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg
My rating: 4 of 5

Tonight’s film was Girl, Interrupted. I’ve seen the film before and it’s still good, with everybody giving good performances. Though Ryder’s character is the one who tells the story the other residents gets their arcs too, some hopeful, some sad and some simply tragic.

Angelina Jolie won awards for her portrayal of Lisa, but she’s certainly not the only one who shines here. I think it might be Winona Ryder’s best performance and Brittany Murphy is very good as Daisy. Indeed, I’ve thought Murphy was good in a lot of the films I’ve seen her in – this, Sin City and 8 Mile – so there could have been plenty more were it not for her untimely death (or possibly just plenty more forgettable direct-to-video films).

Reading: Cryptonomicon

January 21, 2012 1 comment

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spread across two different time periods, the second world war and a present-day setting in line with the book’s release in the late nineties, Cryptonomicon is a fictionalised history of cryptography and also a modern techno-thriller. It’s told primarily from the viewpoints of four characters:

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Reading: The Great Book of Amber

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

"All roads lead to Amber."

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The most important thing to note about this book is probably something obvious, namely that as it’s ten books collected into one volume it’s very big. It’s heavy enough that it’s not really something you could hold up properly for long periods of time, especially one-handed, and could easily be unworkable for certain favoured reading positions. It will also take a long time to get through. It’s just over 1,250 pages long but that’s because of a major condensing job, squeezing out as much dead space as possible (without abridging any novel) to trim it down from what would be about 2,000 pages in the separate volumes.

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Television: April 2011’s TV

It’s time for each of April’s round-up posts, a quick overview and assessment of all the entertainment I consumed during the month. Having finally been on time enough last month to make goals this is the first proper opportunity to see whether I was able to meet them. This month kicked off with film, then it was books and then the month’s games, and we finish with April’s television.

Six new additions this month meant making this image wasn't any less time consuming.

Image sources: Doyle, The Host, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Jonathan, Kitty, Rick, Alexei, The Doctor, Daenerys, House, Phil, Hope, Brian and Nicholas.

There are sixteen portraits in the image above (each representing a different season/series), compared to fourteen last month, twelve in February and just five in January. Despite that increase I did actually watch less television this month (which I’ll talk about in the goals section below), it just happened to cover more individual programmes. Let’s get to it:

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Television: March 2011’s TV

April 18, 2011 1 comment

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read, followed by the games I played. Next up is the TV I watched:

That's right, this time I needed to fit even more images into this little space, though thankfully the majority carried over from last month so I didn't have to find new sources.

Image sources: Doyle, Jed, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Kitty, the Turok-Han, Rick, House, Phil, David, Hope, Brian and Albert.

New this month to the TV round-up are individual verdicts, helping me to judge whether I should keep watching. They’ll either be Good (will definitely stick with), Okay (which means I’m not fully enjoying it, which could result in it being dropped if that continues) and Bad (which will probably be where I do stop).

Some general spoilers will follow:

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 11

July 27, 2010 7 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the eleventh day is:

A movie that changed your opinion about something

This one was easy:

American Beauty

American Beauty

(Again there’s no source as I took this screencap myself due to a lack of large images for most of the non-Angela scenes)

When I mentioned two days ago that this film would be appearing again I didn’t realise it would be so soon, but for me it fits the topic more than any other film. I’m guessing that technically this topic is about a film changing your mind about something because of its subject, like maybe having Bowling For Columbine make you rethink your position on gun rights or The Laramie Project for gay rights, but American Beauty did something slightly different for me.

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