Monday, February 26, 2007

Rome If You Want To!

Couldn't resist the B52 pun.

I have some time off from work so have been a bit spontaneous and decided to book a trip to Rome. It was going to be 3 days but I got an extra day for free so I'm staying til Saturday. I've never been before so I'm quite excited. It will also give me a chance to try out the new camera and newer lense in a place where I know I'll be taking loads of pictures.

I'll be back at the weekend.

I'm an Uncle

Congrats to my brother and his wife on their son Evan who was born this morning.
I'll be going to say "hi" on Sunday.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Number 23



My date of birth is 02/02/1972. 0+2+0+2+1+9+7+2=23
My initial is M, invert it and you get a W, the 23rd letter of the alphabet.
The first 4 digits of my phone number are 0+7+7+9=23

This is easy!!

Jim Carrey, no longer Pet Detective, but Pet Catcher, comes across a book where the writer details an obsession with the number 23. The more he reads it the more into it he gets until he too develops a similar interest. Is it a curse, or just a film that seems to go on too long and requires over quarter of an hour to explain the overly forced twist to the story.

Carrey's performance is alright, although the dubiously titled Fingerling character, which he also plays is wooden. Virgina Madsen does better as his wife and in the side story a sex mad vamp named Fabrizia. Other performances fall by the wayside.

Jim Carrey did a lot better in Eternal Sunshine and now I have a feeling of Deja Vu.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Science of Sleep



Man meets girl
Man falls in love with girl
Man breaks up with girl
Man runs into her door in an attempt to win her back
Man makes up with girl.

Seems like a run of the mill chick flick but what makes this a little bit better than most is that when he's not living the cliche he's asleep and we get to see his dreams manifest themselves in pop video style. Not a surprise considering its Michel Gondry who's directing. In fact the dreams seem to be nods to some of previous work, in particular the over sized hands seem to be from the Foo Fighters video.

Another quirk that this film has is that it can't make up its mind whether to be Spanish, French or English with the characters hopping from one to the next with various levels of success, its the mis-translations that provide some of the laughs.

The film is pleasant enough, the acting OK and the story alright but there's no magic that you had with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is Gondry's best movie to date.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007