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Days in the life of a clone

This is not supposed to happen

It’s not supposed to happen like this. You see a movie, it makes an impact, you forget it. You shouldn’t be so shaken when seeing the same movie (or series) again. After all it was made so long ago. It’s past its prime. It’s been superseeded by new ones, new movies and new series that learned from it and improved on it.

Still, I saw the final two episodes of Babylon 5 and Dead Again in two consecutive weekends, and both shook me almost as much as they did on the first time. Babylon 5 in particular should not be like this, since there’s Galactica now (at least before it became a soap-opera) that claims to have learned from Babylon 5. Still, even if I saw the 5th season before moving (more than a year ago, that is) and I only saw the final two episodes the last weekend, they didn’t fail to move and shake me.

Dead Again though should be a completely different story. I mean I know the plot, and these types of films are based on plot twists. And I knew the plot twists. And I really liked the movie because of the plot twists! And the same plot twists shouldn’t work for the second time. Yet…

Well, you know when there’s good art, when 5 or 10 or 15 years down the line, the same series or movie doesn’t fail to have the same impact as it did the first time!

300

I went and saw 300 last week. Why am I writing about it now? I dunno. I just felt like it. If I keep finding excuses for not writing, I will not be writing!

So, extremely cool movie! Easily the best comic adaptation ever, and that’s saying much! I think it’s even better than Sin City (not by much though!). Very impressive imagery and cinematography, very good battle choreography (only second to The Matrix in my opinion) and a general epic theme that made almost 500 people in the cinema jeering and clapping in the middle of the movie! Always fun when that happens! 🙂

I hear and read many negative opinions on the fact that it glorifies battle and war, it glorifies oppressive regimes, it glorifies Bush’s attack on Iran or whatever. Ok, so the Ancient Spartans were an oppressive regime, but they did have the fiercest army. And actually it came into my attention that Spartans spoke with a British accent in the movie, while Persians spoke with an American accent. Maybe that’s a lame excuse, but it might seem that the movie is anti-Bush, even though he wants to invade old Persia (Iran) now, we might as well see that the Iranians or the Iraqi are today’s Spartans and Bush-led USA is today’s Persian Empire.

Anyhow, let’s not overanalyze things. There are some movies that you see in order to come out of the theater enlightened and troubled and thinking great thoughts. There are others, such as 300, that you see in order to come out of the theater feeling 10 meters tall!

Pulp Fiction

I’m watching Pulp Fiction on my new TV right now. I’ve seen it enough times to know the lines by heart by now, but I don’t think this movie ever gets old.

Futurama

I just finished all four (or five?) seasons of Futurama. Good thing that aDSL BTW :). I’m feeling a little sad, because there is no more, a little happy, because I really saw all 72 episodes and loved every one, and a bit sick because I have the cold :). It was so good, I’m definitely thinking of buying the DVDs.
For anyone who doesn’t know what Futurama is, it’s a cartoon sci-fi/comedy/satire series. It’s about a young pizza delivery boy who accidentaly gets cryogenically frozen in the eve of year 2000 and wakes up in the year 3000, finding a world quite different but a lot the same as ours. And it’s great because it succeeds in using a rather consistent sci-fi background as well as poking fun at our own 20th (and 21st) century culture, celebrities and whatnot. It also succeeded in getting me to write about it 🙂
Good news everyone*: Merry xmas and a happy new year 🙂
* Actual quote from Futurama, of course 🙂

Stepford Wives

Just got back from the Stepford Wives. Not half as bad as I was led to believe. You have to have some imagination (or suspension of disbelief) to cover some plot holes, but they are few, and really coverable. We then proceeded to bust our guts eating at a mexican restaurant just above the cinema. Nice experience though. Both the summer cinema (it’s very cool seeing a movie almost lying on a beach-type chair) and eating and discussing with friends…

Star Trek Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis (which I saw yesterday) was not half bad. So, it’s not the masterpiece of the seventh (eighth? I dunno) art, but it was enjoyable. It could be a lot worse. Granted, it could be better, but one shouldn’t expect too much of Star Trek.

In other news I won a contest that was going on just outside the entrance to the cinema rooms! A movie contest so to speak, you had to guess how the scene would go on, and I got scary movie and even more the Matrix parody scene (my favorite), which no one else guessed, but even then I was (as expected) too quick. The CD I won seems a little offish, maybe like it is not the original performers (which should be a bit weird). Maybe it’s just too early in the morning…

Matrix Reloaded trailer

I just saw the (final?) trailer for Matrix: Reloaded. How can I wait another 31 days? (15/5)

I’m off to the movies (in a bit)

What Movie?

I was supposed to got to the movies today… Such a flop 🙂 An invitation where only two people applied, one couldn’t make it, the other one was me. Actually we were both betrayed by our escorts! Hmmmm.

Irreversible

Just saw Irreversile. Not that good. I think I’ll watch some more Farscape to wash it off…

My logs are getting smaller… Maybe it’s dying off. I haven’t written anything important yet. Maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll just make this part of my (future) website and write all the important stuff on other pages. Or maybe this will fade away…

I’m kinda sleepy right now, so I think it’s ok to write shorter text. Or not. Sleep deprivation can go a long way 🙂

Farscape

I have spent most of the day sleeping and watching Farscape episodes… Not a bad way to spend a day 🙂

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