Wise Words 2 – American History X
June 2, 2008

Wise Words 2 - American History X

Made me think.

Worth a ponder, even if not in the same context as in the film (i.e. acts of anger/hate).

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Unwise Words 2 – Love
May 24, 2008

Unwise Words 2 - Love

Love is being big enough to not ask for an apology,

but humble enough to say sorry.

Sweeney Todd (2007)
February 10, 2008

Sweeney Todd (2007)

 

Me: 9/10

– Sexy actor, decent plot, great acting.  Better start wearing turtlenecks.

– Would ask Brother to pay for me to watch.

 

Brother: 8/10

– Liked the lyrics.  Better bring my girlfriend with me when I visit the barber.

– Would pay to watch.

 

Dad: 6/10

– Morbid.  Good for its genre, but not my cup of tea.  Impressed by the actors’ singing abilities.

– Would not pay to watch.

 

Mum: 1/10

– Watched only 50% of the movie. Hid behind shawl during the other 50% of the movie.

– Would pay not to watch.

#51 Plagiarism
February 7, 2008

#51 Plagiarism

*I cringed.

Natural Born Killers (1994)
February 2, 2008

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Quentin Tarantino’s script? Awesome.
Oliver Stone’s film? Awful.

More than 12 murders worldwide have been cited as copycat crimes induced by the perpetrators’ viewing of Natural Born Killers. The sweetest irony of the controversy surrounding this notorious film is that Quentin Tarantino intended for Natural Born Killers to be a satire on the media’s sensationalisation and glorification of violence. The film’s tagline is, after all, “The Media Made Them Superstars”. Maybe it would have helped if Mickey Knox had not been played by someone as attractive as Woody Harrelson.

In addition, the flashing images and sequences that punctuate the narrative are extremely gaudy and garish. I am aware that Natural Born Killers is supposed to be a highly stylised film, but the nauseating visuals left me with an annoying headache. No wonder people become agitated enough to kill after watching Natural Born Killers.