Posts Tagged ‘2003’

Film – Quick Thoughts: Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola
Written by: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
My rating: 4 of 5

This is another one that I’ve seen before and really enjoyed. It’s a sweet film, two people in Tokyo, far from home, feeling lost and lonely but finding companionship in each other. Charlotte (Johansson) is young, just finished school and has been married a couple of years but doesn’t know where her life is going, having followed her photographer husband to Tokyo but barely seeing him and not feeling like she fits in with his world. Bob (Murray) is an older actor whose career has peaked long ago, in Japan for a lucrative commercial deal but feeling dissatisfied with where his life has brought him.

Though there are other characters it’s mostly just Charlotte and Bob, hanging out and talking. I particuarly liked this conversation:

Charlotte: “I’m stuck. Does it get easier?”

Bob: “No. Yes. It gets easier.”

Charlotte: “Oh yeah? Look at you.”

Bob: “Thanks. The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

That rang true to me, I’ve said similar things before.

Despite the difference in ages their friendship comes about fairly naturally, being drawn to one another because they’re both obviously foreigners. Scarlett Johansson does a good job in her role and Bill Murray is always fantastic in anything, so a film that mostly just sits back and gives him screen time almost can’t fail to be good. Lost in Translation certainly isn’t a failure, it’s very good.


Reading: Broken Angels

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Broken Angels
Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Broken Angels is the second of the three Takeshi Kovacs novels, following Altered Carbon. Where that first book was a murder mystery (albeit it one where the victim was alive and hired the investigator and is suspected by the police to have killed himself), Broken Angels places Kovacs on a planet engaged in a major revolutionary war and sends him on a treasure hunt. It hammers home that this isn’t a series that follows one type of story or style, it’s a series that provides scenarios for Kovacs to rage against.

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Reading: June 2011’s Books

July 29, 2011 1 comment

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. Games and television were up first, now it’s time for the books:

Terry is the only returning author this month and is proving something of a regular, appearing in four of the last six months.

Image sources: Terry, Cormac, Markus and Brian

There are four authors this month but I read nearly twice that amount of books. As ever, that’s because of one specific author. Including this month’s haul I’ve read ten of his books so far this year and eighteen in the past twelve months. Let’s get to it then: Read more…

Reading: May 2011’s Books

July 9, 2011 1 comment

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month started with television, then came film, and now it’s time for the books.

Olaf is the only author returning from April, but Terry is back from February and Neil is making his first appearance since January. The other four are all new.

Sources: Olaf, Richard, Kurt, Neil, Yahtzee, Stanislaw and Terry.

I’m going to attempt to keep these relatively brief this month, with no more than a paragraph per book and to try and avoid wasting time making synopses and things, just a quick opinion. So without further ado:

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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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Reading: March 2011’s Books

April 10, 2011 2 comments

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kick off with the books I read:


Pratchett's out this month and Follett is joined by three newcomers, making it the largest selection of authors so far this year.

Image sources: Ken, Cory, Stephen and Arthur.

In the title images like the one above I give everything/everyone a picture of equal size, even when the books are a collaborative effort (as is the case with one of this month’s books and Good Omens back in January) that maybe should mean each author gets a half-size space. If the image sizes reflected the amount of time each author’s works occupied in the month then January’s would have been a huge image of Terry Pratchett and a sliver of Neil Gaiman at the end because I mostly just read Pratchett’s books, while February and March have also both been dominated by one author.

In those cases though it’s not because I’ve been reading lots of books by one person but because of the sheer size of the individual books. When I’m only reading about an hour a day an epic like The Pillars of the Earth or World Without End takes up most of the month, and while that comes at the expense of other books it’s very satisfying to feel immersed in one place for so long (which is what can be so great about jumping in late to an epic series like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, as I mentioned last week).

On to this month’s reading:

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TV: February 2011’s Television

March 26, 2011 4 comments

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January) and now it’s the turn of television, followed by film and ending with the month’s reading.


Finding suitable images for the ten new entries (both for their big image below and the smaller one above) was rather time-consuming. It will be easier when I'm able to re-use more of them.

Image sources: Jed, Mitchell, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Kitty, the Turok-Han, House, Jack, Brian and Albert (Buffy is a capture from the DVD).

I watched more television this month thanks to two things. The first is simply that some programmes have returned from their seasonal break and I’ve jumped straight back in, and the second is thanks to Sky, our satellite TV provider. In February they relaunched their main TV channels, turning Sky1, Sky 2 and Sky3 into Sky1, Sky Living and Sky Atlantic. Sky 1 carries on pretty much as it has before, showing the biggest programmes and most of Sky’s original quiz, documentary and reality entertainment, Sky Living seems to be aiming a little more towards a female audience (which isn’t to say I’m writing it off as a girly channel or anything, but the branding and programme choice does seem to be aimed at a specific demographic) while Sky Atlantic is the new home for HBO programmes and things of a similar nature.

This relaunch meant there were quite a few new things premièring this month, and while in general I’m supposed to have sworn off new programmes (both because I have plenty to watch and because cancellation rates are so high right now) I did end up starting some new things, and nearly ended up watching The Sopranos again from the beginning and would have done so for Six Feet Under if I didn’t own the DVD box set. Here’s everything I did watch (there will be some general spoilers):

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