Saturday, July 23, 2005

Catching Up

Well a lot has happened recently. Ill keep it brief and stick to the important stuff.

I've finally taken up driving lessons over six months after getting my provisional license. I've only had four lessons as yet but I seem to be doing ok. If I was bad to start with I'm certainly improving now. Now to buy a car! Being honest its not gonna be a Ferrari and its gonna be slow but as the insurance premiums insist on being so high for learner drivers my age I have no where else to turn. Not to mention a lack of a large budget.

I have a new Job which pays a lot more than my lame shelf stacking job at Waitrose. Its not very taxing as it just involves inputting stuff into a huge computer data base but its very relaxed and easy so I'm sitting on quite a cushy deal.

Its now the summer Holidays which is always a good thing. I fortunately gave the last day of school a miss owing to the fact that I had no lessons and that it was going to suck ass anyway. By all accounts it did so I defiantly didn't miss anything.

There quite a lot to come as well. Of course there'll be the normal London and cinema trips but I'm also going to France next week which should be good. It won't hopefully be as bad as going away with my family which normally is rubbish for various reasons plus I can't stand them in long stints.
I'm also going to Reading this year for the bank holiday weekend which I reckon is gonna be two tuns of fun and a half. I mean getting wasted for a long weekend with bands like Queens of the Stoneage, Iron Maiden and The Foo Fighters intertwined It should be a weekend to remember.
Although I still need a tent for that.

I have decided also over the summer to learn the bass as it has a cool sound and is relatively easy to pick up and learn. I still need to buy one though so in that sense its not been a good start.

Right that outlines a lot of important stuff I want to get across. Now for some complaints

I was having a quick peek at some stuff on IMDB and came across a Pink Panther Prequel that us being made. Of course it can't have peter sellers considering he's been dead for 25 years so Steve Martin has stepped in to fill the void. I think that's ok. It was when I discovered SOME IDIOT HAS CAST BEYONCE KNOWLES IN IT! Now I think the likes of Goldmember among other films have proven that Miss Knowles is a crap actor. Not to mention the fact I despise Destinys Child with a passion. WHY HER! WHY!!! If threes one thing I cannot stand its is when a popular singer becomes an actor. I mean look at Sting, Ice Cube and Beyonce S Club THE SPICE GIRLS!. It certainly doesn't strike a good chord. I'm not saying it can't be done however, I just think it generally is a crap idea and is annoying. All they get cast for is their fame and not their skill. That's Hollywood for you I guess.

Another Problem TERRORISTS.
This is just getting annoying now, a bunch of fanatic god botherers seeming to think that a quick way to salvation is to blow themselves up in a crowd. How can people be that stupid. That's right stupider than some Red Neck Conservative mid west Americans! Another problem with this is that now some people start to panic and insist on idiotic ideas like airport style security on the Underground. Still its only a proposition at this time and nothing is concrete. I must admit we've been quite mellow about everything. Well compared to the Americans. I just wish these pratts who are doing it would think of a slightly more articulate way of making a point that isn't clear to me, or many others for that matter, at all.
MAKE POSTERS AND WRITE LEAFLETS ABOUT YOUR ISSUES DON'T BLOW YOURSELVES UP!!!!
It really doesn't benefit anyone. Not even your cause.

Peace Out Playas

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Hollywood Nonsense

This is gonna be a film review post today. Yesterday I went to see war of the worlds and well in some ways I wasn't too surprised.
I mean its a Spielberg Film with Tom Cruise as the lead.
Its strayed from the original plot set in Victorian England like in the HG Wells novel.
It has a huge special effects budget.

Put the pieces together and you can see why I found it a tad annoying at times.
Having said this though the film does have some very good points as well as bad which I will now summerise.

The Good:
The alien tripods are very cool looking and sounding
The acting altogether actually isn't half bad apart from a lot of screaming and hysteria which should be expected from a disaster movie such as this.
The special effects do their job and they do it well
The story has a beginning middle and an end
Not too much emphasis is put on the human race as a whole. It follows the Ferrier family and the Ferrier family only with a few others becoming involved along the way.
At times the script is very emotive.
There is some good symbolism in this film. Notably the holocaust references. "its not a war its an extermination" and the empty falling clothes (ala Auschwitz). Very significant when you consider that Spielburg is a Jewish director.

The Bad:
The acting and character of the Son. He really is a wanker. If I were Ray Ferrier I probably would have knocked him out at times.
THE FACT THAT THE SON APPEARS TO DIE WITH NO HOPE OF SURVIVAL YET AT THE END HE'S SOMEHOW BEATEN RAY AND RACHEL TO BOSTON AND IS WITH HIS MOTHER!!! ON FOOT BY HIMSELF WITH THOUSANDS OF HUGE TRIPODS RAINING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION UPON THE WORLD! HOW THE HELL!
The fact that when they reach Boston it is almost completely intact where as in the other homes of the Ferrier family there is no remains left of any buildings. I can't stand endings where it ends too well. I mean lets be realistic its much more likely that that Ray's in-laws place would have been annihilated. The fact that Ray's ex-wife and SON and parents all survived would have been a bonus in itself. But the fact they seem quite untouched by the omnipotent threat of GIANT KILLER ALIEN TRIPODS and are living quite cosily in the house on a rather un-touched road.
WHAT DID THE ALIENS DECIDE TO LEAVE BOSTON! WHERE AS NO WHERE ELSE ON EARTH WAS SAFE!
There was some very annoying American symbolism along the way. Like the constant yell at first of "is it terrorists!" and later the gun ho attitude of trying to fight the aliens who are invunerable to all weapons THE SON AGAIN!!!!! Then near the end of the film there is a ruined statue of an American patriot from the War of independence GAH!
There is little reference as to what became of the rest of the world. Apart from America obviously.
The mass crowd of Hysterical Americans.
There seemed to be a complete lack of anyone other race apart from white people.

All in all I'd have to say I was disappointed by this film. Spielberg could have made something much more of this film. Sadly its some of the little things that let this film down as well as some key fundamental elements
Id have to give it 6 out of 10 in my rankings