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In less depressing news, saw District 9 with G. yesterday, which I partly liked a lot, and partly not at all. The first part in all its brutality was brilliant; absolutely and completely brilliant. Ambiguous, revealing, horrifying, thought-provoking. Best thing I've seen in a while, even while I was sitting there wondering why I always ended up watching the depressing stuff that says the worst things about humanity, and no wonder I was such a pessimist.

But once Wicus escapes from the MNU building at first the pacing gets a little slow, and then the whole movie takes an unexpected 180 degree turn and slowly but inexorably deteriorates into sentimentality and conventional mediocrity.

And then, as I sat there and watched narrow escape from death and dismemberment after narrow escape until the whole thing turned into a complete farce, escaping from the Nigerians, escaping from the MNU building again, saved from the MNU people by the Nigarians, saved from the Nigerians by the alien boy, shuttle is shot down, no, still manages to fly to the mother ship; Wicus betrays Christopher-the-alien, no, he doesn't, is saved from the crazy MNU guy by the aliens again, is last seen making a metal flower for his wife, pleasekillmenow, my respect for CoE went up another couple of notches.


G. like the second part better. Clearly we're doing the gender cliché thing wrong. Had a couple of spritzers afterwards; nice evening, all in all.


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And speaking of, because obviously the logical thing to do when coming home slightly drunk some time after two in the morning when you've got to work the next day is putter around on the internet, watched this interview with JB, and it certainly looks like that if there's going to be a TW S4, Jack's going to be in it, which as far as I'm concerned is a good thing; YMMV.

(And if the next CD really consists only of songs from musicals, I'm not complaining either, because most of the pop stuff he does is 1) really not my cup of tea, and 2) IMO doesn't really suit his voice and style either.)

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eumelia
Oct. 1st, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
(And if the next CD really consists only of songs from musicals, I'm not complaining either, because most of the pop stuff he does is 1) really not my cup of tea, and 2) IMO doesn't really suit his voice and style either.)

I agree with this. I love his voice and he emotes beautifully, but his original pop stuff... urgh. I really like his covers of ballads though "All by myself" sung by him is awesome, as is "Your Song" and "You're so Vain".

I haven't watched the interview yet, and am wary. I'm not keen on TW S4... :(
solitary_summer
Oct. 2nd, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure after CoE either, but then the I-need-to-see-this-fixed reflex kicked in, followed by the I-want-to-see-how-it-goes-on reflex... What can I say.


I love his voice and he emotes beautifully, but his original pop stuff... urgh.

Sometimes I'm almost embarrassed about how much I love his music, but with some of the YouTube clips I saw from this year's tour I thought he's completely wasting his talent. OTOH I'm pretty sure the reason he's a much happier person than I'll ever be is (among other things, obviously) because this kind of thought never crosses his mind... *sigh*

Edited at 2009-10-02 08:57 am (UTC)
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