Sunday, October 29, 2006

Half terms are very good

Hmmmm, I've had my first experience of half term as a teacher.... I like it.
Apart from having rather large amounts of dull paperwork to catch up on, it was nice to just chill, see friends and watch movies. I saw a real mixed bag this week:

World Trade Center *

This film really annoyed me. This review in the Guardian sums up pretty well what I feel about it. I have seen films like this before, and they were the propaganda films of the WW2 years. For Oliver Stone to be making reactionary Bush-ist propaganda leaves a very unpleasant taste in the mouth, and is in no way a fitting tribute to those who died on 9/11. I was so irritated that I hired out Paul Greengrass' United 93, which is astonishing, almost unwatchable and gets everything right that Stone gets wrong in World Trade Center. I would strongly recommend you watch it instead of Stone's lumbering and dull monster.

United 93 *****
A Good Year ***
Not really the type of film I normally go and see, but the idea of a romantic comedy with Russell Crowe directed by Ridley Scott was too intriguing to miss. As you'd expect from Scott, it is beautifully shot and Crowe isn't too bad. I actually really enjoyed it, maybe I'm getting soft in my old age....
The Untouchables *****
Hellboy ****
LOTR:The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended) *****
Matrix Reloaded ***
Seven Samurai ****

Currently listening to:
Aberdeen City - God is Going to Get Sick Of Me
Sufjan Stevens -
The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts

1 comment:

Richard said...


Hi, it's Gill from Regents. How you doing?

Got to say you're wrong, I thought WTC was pretty good and probably edged United 93.

If you've got nothing better to do (and I assure you you have) then I've posted a couple of thoughts on both: