Pathfinder: Evil vikings wreak havoc on native Americans. Lots of hack-and-slash to very little purpose.
Pathfinder is one of those frustrating movies that could have been good, but is marred by a complete lack of humor. If it hadn’t taken itself so seriously it could have been a lot of fun.
Plus, why all the hating on vikings? Historically speaking, they weren’t that bad.
Stalker: Overrated Russian Sci-Fi movie from 1979. Essentially, this is a way overlong and molasses-slow Christian allegory.
The concept is that an alien spacecraft or a meteor has landed, and whatever it is has special powers, so the area around the mysterious item has been cordoned off and declared the Zone.
A Stalker is a person who knows how to traverse the Zone and lead people to a room which grants anybody who visits whatever they wish.
(Why a Stalker wouldn’t wish for a better job once he’s there isn’t really touched on in the movie, but was certainly on my mind.)
So the Stalker leads two men into the Zone: a writer who has lost the ability to write and a depressed physics professor.
Can you guess that the Stalker is an angel (messenger), and the physics professor is the man who depends on science and feels a void in his life, and the writer is the man who depends on his feelings and has been let down?
Can you? Cause I sure can. And it makes the whole movie really boring. And then there’s interminable Deep Discussions that feel incredibly late-night-in-the-dorm-room.
On the plus side, the cinematography is stunningly gorgeous. It’s almost worth seeing just for that.
Pusher: Danish movie about a mid-level drug dealer in Copenhagen. Filmed with all natural light and no soundtrack, so it feels like a documentary. Great, convincing acting (including Mads Mikkelsen of Casino Royale fame in a truly creepy role), and a strong plot.
Even though the closest I’ve ever come to a drug deal was watching Cops, and certainly don’t possess any expertise in the area, the movie feels real.
These Danish dope dealers make the crew in The Sopranos look slick and erudite.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny: Extremely silly but with great energy. If you like Metal there are some scenes that will make you laugh out loud.
Ultimately, though, it’s way too stretched out and needs more material. Kind of like a lot of Heavy Metal concerts, when you think about it.
Posted Thursday, 27 September, 2007 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
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.