Zone Doubt, a.k.a. 'Surreal Я Us'...
Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...
:: JAT :: WaveWrights :: Publications :: Joules... on writing [on hiatus] ::
I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
More Kit Pics...
Well, we loved Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. So much we're going to get a copy: it's excellent brain-candy. Very stylish, very silly, sod-all plot but wonderful scenery (I was particularly impressed by the luminous effect of the faces amongst all that sepia), and as GoodTwin says, very 'Boys Own'. Fabulously inventive and imaginative! It took so many elements from so many rollicking films I lost count - the Indiana Jones trilogy, Tron, King Kong, War of the Worlds, Flash Gordon... Highly enjoyable. (Except for Polly Perkins - I loathed the character. But there's always one... Interesting how she could run through the jungle and keep falling over without laddering her stockings or scuffing those ridiculously impractical shoes. What do you mean, I'm supposed to suspend disbelief?) I have to agree with the general consensus, Frankie (the Angelina Jolie character) was the most interesting: pity she didn't have more screentime.
But Onna, no Nazis that I noticed, and the plot was worldwide, not focussed on the US...
Night Watch is... not an easy film. Mind you, Russian films rarely are. I haven't seen many: Solyaris (the original, of course), and Stalker, which I absolutely adored when I first saw it, and I'm sure there are a couple more whose names escape me. I find the cultural differences between the UK and Russia, in cinema terms at least, greater than those between the UK and just about anywhere else, which gives me no stable common ground for appreciation - which is, I think, a good thing, as I watch the films with the minimum of preconceptions.
Night Watch... The comparisons with The Matrix are warranted to some extent - insofar as the film tries to be a supernatural Matrix. But where the Matrix and its imitators are slick and stylish, even to the precise placement of the blood, Night Watch is raw, nasty, grim - and very compelling. Vin is right, it really needs to be watched more than once to get the full effect, and I didn't have time unfortunately. I really liked the basic idea - the 'others' (vampires, shapeshifters, demons etc) policing themselves rather than having humans get involved - and it was handled very effectively (though I could happily have lived without the horrible dragonfly camera - here it looked as though it was used to hide very dodgy special effects, or the lack thereof. Actually, come to think of it, it probably was...) Overall - yes, a film I want to see again, and probably eventually own. I'm looking forward to the sequels.
We bought Kai his mobile phone today (a Tesco special, 10% off). He's over the moon, has added our mobile numbers and the house phone to it, and is now playing games, getting used to the functions, deciding on his ringtone, using the calculator. Happy sprog!
Eurovision Song Contest Night. Heh, it seems to have become a custom in this house to watch it, regardless of how bad it always is. This year half the acts seem to have ballerinas as their backing dancers (does no singing artiste ever perform without dancers these days?). Are they trying to add an element of sophistication or something? [grin] We're waiting for the Finnish entry, Lordi...
Having just seen/heard them, I'd rather like them to win, just for being outrageous!
[sigh] We're having fish'n'chips for dinner. We were going to have nuked chicken with couscous and mixed veg, but my brand new, microwave splatterguard melted in the microwave. All over the chicken...