Monday 31st October 2005

Boy, was it dark tonight. Walking to my car, I noticed, an eerie cold silence in the air. After all it was Halloween, but the reality of winter finally hit me, as I drove home. The time change to GMT usually takes a while to adjust to. However, this year I find myself automatically climatised to the new schedule. Even if others are against. Can you believe that it is nearly November already? For those of you reading this, it must be November already. Really not all the doom and gloom that my favourite Newsblog makes out.

Quick recap of my weekend. On Saturday night I watched the Sky Premiere, The Day After Tomorrow, with my cousin. He had already seen it but proclaimed a ‘must see’. Although perhaps based on some scientific body of evidence, is a far fetched story on the possibility of climate change and how it will affect the world. I have tended to watch these disaster movies on the small screen, rather than at my local multiplex. While they are entertaining, they are rather far fetched in places although the solid human element made it worth watching. Quaid will never been one for action but he does pull off the courageous Dad role, perfectly. The ending however is rather rushed, as you watch the build up to a climatic moment, which when it comes, is not as much unbelievable as wholly unpredictable. The use of CGI is impressive and the Vice President has an uncanny resemblance to real life Vice President, Dick Cheney . There is also the great blend of British actors, including Ian Holm, whom I would meet again, another day. Overall, great TV movie, nothing more, nothing less.

Ever since I saw the trailers, I wanted to go and watch Nicholas Cage in Lord of War. On Sunday evening, I went over to the Odeon in Uxbridge, to watch the movie with my cousin. I was left shocked and horrified by what I saw. I had expected an action comedy (or so I was led to believe by the trailer). Instead, I was served the grim reality of war and the constant question of morality (which goes unanswered by the movie itself). A great cast, with Cage in an inspiring and unique role, supporting by some great actors, including Leto and Holm. The subject is well addressed and perhaps never really studied to this depth by the mainstream movie going audience. Towards the middle, it becomes somewhat darker and almost satanic than I could have hoped for, but if this is an idea, to get me thinking, I respect the agenda of the director. Perhaps the best quote appears at the end of the movie, when after everything, you discover that nothing is ever what it seems. The UK movie poster was nothing in comparison to the US version, look closely.

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