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Wednesday, 12 May 2004

Topic: Shy Lux

Kill Bill
Brilliant. Like watching somebody else playing on their playstation in front of you. Really badly.
Although I could have done with remembering to return it to the dvd shop less than two weeks overdue, then I'd have had enough money to buy it.

The Butterfly Effect
Absolute toss, but harmless enough. Lovely ending, which fit the Oasis track in the background perfectly, and that made me instantly know what I'm going to write in my last blog post, in July. Ashton Kutcher reminds me horribly of someone I know, without the acne. He seemed inordinately pleased when I told him this.
By the way - sitting alone in the front row of even a mildly mind fuck style of horror movie? Bad idea. You're not going to like it when they burn the doggie.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Absolute crappy bollocks. Not worth the popcorn.
Saw this on the big screen at Odeon Leicester Square - but was seated so far away, I might as well have waited and watched it on my postage stamp sized portable. Still, they'd decorated all the auditorium seats in the same fabric as Joel's bed, which was a minor, momentary mind wobble when the lights went up.
I usually love Charlie Kaufman's movies - okay they never quite hit the spot, but that feeling of not being quite on the button, but insane to have tried is terribly attractive in a movie. However, this one was pants. I understood about 40% and couldn't be bothered to try to understand the rest.
Whoever the woman is who dumped Kaufman three years back, and made him obsess over this nostalgic lovesick nonsense, you owe me ten pounds fifty.

Now this is a good movie. I'm a little disturbed by how violent I like my movies at the moment, but hooray for untrained actors like Eric Bana who eschew thinking themselves into a role in a precious diva-like fashion, and actually have a bash at acting the script.

For some reason, I didn't manage to download imagine the sound to this movie properly - after a gazillion codecs, I managed to get sound that registers at whisper volume if I crouch with my head right by the laptop speaker. It's a peculiarly intimate way to see a movie. Me and Alfred Molina - complicit audiences to Salma Hayek's great performance. Didn't know she was Arab-American, by the way.
Overall, a little too much money spent - sometimes a movie seems so slickly produced, you end up wondering if they would have tried that little bit harder had all that glossy golden crowd scenery been available.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 9:48 AM BST

Name: Francesca
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Oh no, what is this about July ? Your blog is part of my required reading !

Salma is Mexican Lebanese. What a combination :)

As for the movies: Kill Bill is hocus but very enjoyable at that. Eternal Sunshine I enjoyed, but wanted to hit Kate frequently (that is not an unusual sentiment). Butterfly Effect I had mixed feelings on, given that by the nth change, I was itching for some kind of resolution. Frida I like, and Chopper I have yet to see.

Going to see Troy on Friday, which despite reviews that it is utter (and inaccurate) pap, I am quite looking forward to.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 11:41 AM BST

Name: jatb

Your last blog post?
Which date in July?

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 4:01 PM BST

Name: sarah
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Chopper - totally class film, love the bit when they're on speed. not seen the others, but Ellie's quite keen to see Eternal Sunshine..

Come July, are you going to write a book? "My blogging year and how it changed my life" Bet you could at least get a bit in G2 with it.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 5:28 PM BST

Name: Jez
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I only saw Kill Bill 2, not the first one, and I thought it was pants.

Hope you don't stop blogging in July. You're funny. (But do I mean funny ha-ha or funny peculiar?) (joke - I mean funny ha-ha, of course)

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 6:00 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

The stop-blogging-in-July thing has been implicit in several posts, mentioned in the odd comment, and up on the 'profile' page since forever. Pshaw - call yourself readers?! ;P

Anyway, yeah, up to 22 July, as a deadline for me to incur a social life. Or emigrate. Or sumpin'.

Course, dunno if the other blogs will pause, too.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 6:57 PM BST

Name: Lux
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Will I appreciate Kill Bill if I know nothing about Kung Fu movies?

Kaufman: Lurrrrved Being John Malcovich. Hated Adaptation- got a concussion from the brute force of metaphors hitting me over the head. Not interested in Eternal Bollocks of Jim Carrey.

Frida: too bad you didn't see this on the big screen. I droooled over the scenery.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 7:28 PM BST

Name: paul
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Kill Bill: i loved this movie, pure violence for the sake of simple bloody violence.

Butterfly Effect: Entertaining, but I kept wondering when it was going to END. And jeez, the guy just ignored his father, he could have gone back in the past and talked to him aobut his issues. But no!

Eternal Sunshine: One of the greatest movies I've ever seen. After all that shit, they decided they were better together even if it would go bad than apart and wondering. Simply beautiful.

Never saw Chopper.

Frida was good. That's it, good.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 9:07 PM BST

Name: Kat
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Kill Bill is probably the bloodiest movie I've ever seen - even more bloody than hacker (horror) movies tend to be.

I haven't seen the others yet, but I would sort of like to see The Butterfly Effect although I've had just about all of the Ashton Kutcher that I can stand.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 9:12 PM BST

Name: sarah
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oh look, I never noticed the profile bit. Neither did I find your other blogs, although I haven't really looked. Er, to make up for that seemingly lack of interest, I dreamt last night I was stalking you in my car..

..don't fret, I only have 4 posts left on my blog before I disappear :D

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 9:36 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Cor really? I featured in a weirdo blogstalking dream? My first. I must pay the Obeah her twelve dead chickens, now I know it works.

Yes, I'm berefteded by the imminent disappearance of your blog. Trend setter.

Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 9:37 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

First time I've seen him outside of Hello magazine. He prettier than thought.

I watched a lot of kung fu as a kid - but in an enjoyment way, not an obsessive, noting down the names of directors way, so not much idea of tradition.
I read a lot of comics though - Kill Bill seemed to fit into that tradition just as much.

Thursday, 13 May 2004 - 2:32 AM BST

Name: cacoa

yeah guess who knew salma hayek was half arab, she looks it and her name's a dead giveaway!

i too wanted to hit kate winslet.

Saturday, 15 May 2004 - 10:46 PM BST

Name: Vanessa in Liverpool on Mark's funk

Oh good lord, no, Kate Winslet was, as ever, luvverly. I just want to hug her and be her puppyishly devoted mousey friend when I see her onscreen. But Heavenly Creatures and the sexual fantasies involving girly frottage involving visualisations of sex with life size Orson Welles claymation figures that climax alongside Mario Lanza kinda set that obsession in stone for me. Not even Titanic could have melted that one.

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