The Island is a surprisingly good science fiction film strongly reminiscent of THX-1138, but with a lighter touch in the form of eminently likable characters played by Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. I’d assumed this film was terrible based on its failure at the box office, but in fact if you can forgive the director’s affinity for patently absurd action sequences, there is a good story here that any fan of utopia-gone-wrong stories will enjoy.
The DVD itself has hardly any extras, but if you go to the morally unacceptable shopping venue of WalMart, you may find that they have an exclusive edition of the movie paired with an extra disc of extras that is not available elsewhere. Their edition is two discs wrapped side by side (so it is about a foot across) in cellophane. Be sure to look carefully, as they also sell the regular edition.
No effin’ way. I’ve discovered another Will Bueche, and he loves iguanas:
I’m reminded of I (Heart) Huckabees and the love of geckos.
I thought my surname was odd enough that I’d never have the overlap of names that most people have.
Ah well. I suppose now there’s someone I can pin crimes on.
It turns out I am 37 again! I say “again” because I’ve rather assumed for the past year that this was my age and that I was due to be 38. It is rather difficult to know your age when you are born in the last weeks of a year, because when you are born in the last weeks of the year the usual method of subtracting the year you were born from the current year provides an answer that is wrong for all but three weeks. So for this mathematical oddity and a lack of interest on my part in figuring out the math I somehow came to assume that I was turning 38 this past weekend. But in fact I’ve turned 37 again. I am honestly surprised.
My housemate and I went to see Chronicles of Narnia and I can honestly say that it may be the best film of the year (yes, better than Batman Beyond). The pace of Narnia is delightful, not rushed. There is so much to say about this film but on the likelihood that you haven’t enjoyed it yet I will refrain from saying more about it. See it.
I haven’t checked my Friendster messages in this past week as I was feeling blah (blah) – (Greg the Bunny reference) – and then had a few days of the flu (I think a homeless person coughed on me when I was at a low budget food store), so I’m just about to restart my web activity and see what is up in the world. Today is also the birthday of a relative of mine so I have to deal with that. I also want to be more aggressive with the stock market in these last days of the year. Not exactly new year’s resolutions, but, a new start to a new week, with only some traces of sneezing remaining…
Interior. High up in an office building in Australia. An elevator adjacent to a passport office. A diverse range of people with striking resemblances to the characters of LOST enter the elevator. Floors are selected; the panel illuminates 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. All seems to be going smoothly at first, but too many people are onboard if the “Max. Load 2000 lbs” (or kilos if that is what Australia uses) warning is accurate. The elevator brakes engage, but it screeches down past the selected floors, fighting the load, but ultimately descending to the subbasement. The survivors emerge from the elevator into this new, ominous land…
LOAD would be the story of the surivors (about 48 people total), who must learn to apply their skills if they are to survive. With flashbacks to their earlier activities in and around the office building.
Good potential for satire from all the characters, but key to the story would be that Loch finds an Emergency Exit staircase, but keeps this information to himself for about a month.