The sound and the fury
Dead Man’s Chest is well made, with spectacular special effects and Johnny Depp obviously having oodles of fun as Captain Jack, but it goes nowhere with a plot that makes not a lick of sense. I found myself incredibly bored about halfway through.
It could have been good, but it has that annoying schizophrenic feel of most high-budget movies that desperately want to go dark and edgy but are afraid to lose their McDonald’s tie-ins.
A desperately-needed reboot of the Bond franchise. Daniel Craig does an excellent job as a darker, grimmer Bond, and the movie is loaded with eye-wink references to the glory days of Sean Connery.
Does get a bit talky and slow toward the end, but all in all a rousing good ride. One of a very select few movies in recent years I watched twice.
Craig definitely gives Connery a run for his money as the ultimate Bond. Hopefully we’ll see more movies of this caliber in the series.
The Netflix recommendation engine thought I’d enjoy this. It was horribly wrong.
Basically, Battle Royale is a non-stop parade of pointless sadistic mayhem. It may very well be that if you are intimate with Japanese culture all sorts of wonderful nuances and references appear. I wouldn’t know. And after losing an hour and a half to this dreck, I really don’t want to find out.
Apparently they made a sequel, so somebody must have liked it. I hope I never meet those people.
Posted Tuesday, 22 May, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.