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Great Character Moments in Film #2: BOURNE IDENTITY

(With SPOILERS) BOURNE IDENTITY has so much to recommend it: it’s an action movie, an amnesia story (gosh, but I love amnesia stories) set in some of the more stunning parts of Europe, & it’s the movie where Matt Damon discovered he could be an action hero. Or, as Bourne …

Still here

I am not at WorldCon in Glasgow. I am here. At home. Doing nothing much of interest. I am here, waiting for benpayne to start blogging AS IF he is at WorldCon in Glasgow, even though I know he isn’t. I am waiting to hear more adventures of his made-up …

Lines in the sand. Or, in the dirt.

When is it self-indulgence & when would you call it courage? When do you go from uncompromising to obscurantist, from individual to irrelevant, from subverting the dominant paradigm, to wilfully antagonistic? I saw ‘Yes’ the other night at the Syd Film Festival, a film written/directed by Sally Potter starring Joan …

It was the modem & also, the other modem

The old modem was really, really broken (what do you do with an old, broken modem? Anybody want one?) & the new modem was also a router. See? So, *of course* you don’t try to connect to it with PPPoE, you have to DHCP it. But the tech support types …

I felt like destroying something beautiful

Five. FIVE NIGHTS without internet. Five of ‘em, count ‘em, I did. F.I.V.E. Definition of frustration: When your computer tells you, ‘Yes, I am connected to the internet. Oh, wait, no I’m not, no, wait, I am again, but oh, hang on, despite being connected, I cannot show you a …

Good old boys

So I saw BUBBA HO-TEP today, the movie based on the Bram Stoker award winning story by Joe R. Lansdale. And if that sentence doesn’t go halfway to explaining this movie, let me also add that it features an aging Elvis & an aging President Kennedy, trapped in a nursing …

Nebulous

Well, the Nebulas are up all over the place, & it makes me wonder: how on EARTH do you choose which is the better script out of these movies? 1. The Incredibles, by Brad Bird (Pixar, Nov 2004) 2. The Butterfly Effect, by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress (New …

Because I was asked

I’m not good with lists. Too moody. Too fickle. But because I was asked, here’s a few of my favourite films, in no particular order. (Note: for this particular list, I’ve defined ‘favourite’ as ‘something I can watch again & again & again’, not as ‘best made’ or ‘most insightful/compelling/thought-provoking/personally …

Round & round

Many, many years ago, I did a favour for a neighbour and in return he gave me a bottle of red wine. Some time later he was chatting about this boutique vineyard he’d visited and oh, he said, did you like that wine? At this point my then-boyfriend leaned in …

Wah, I wanna be Incredible, too!

What is the line, I wonder, between recognisable & cliche? Why do I find the family in THE INCREDIBLES endearing? Why do I laugh along with father Bob’s stiff back, & nod good-naturedly at the warring children, grinning while their mother tries to hold it all together by keeping the …