|Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" Played Twice.
||[Apr. 25th, 2004|02:30 am]
|[||In the Moment
I woke at 8:30AM to the sound of loud clanks of metal in the parking lot below the apartment.
On three hours' rest, I woke up, and noticed the clanks from the neighboring apartment's lot. People constructed a tent, and sometime after noon, the PA system began tossing tunes over 100 decibels. Heavy latin flavor has been playing for probably about 10 hours now, and at least they turned up the music for me to enjoy.
I spent the day observing the 2004 NFL Draft on real-time internet. ESPN's poll swung 58% in favor of the Lions as the team with the best first day of the draft. Detroit's new recruits pleased me from my research . . . they landed three pretty good talents in Williams, Jones, and Lehman.
Apologies to Buffalo Bills fans. The draft picks from the Bills made little sense to me. I'm not alone on this.
AIM conversations and phone calls kept me busy the rest of the day. Jason from Detroit gave me a ring. Heidi and I talked intermittently. renazle_dazzle, jetpropel, and my cousin Tom provided the quality internet chat.
Finally, the party broke at 1 AM. Suddenly, I have "Mario Guitar" on loop in the Windows Media Player.
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0047444/ Samurai I/Miyamoto Musashi
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0048579/ Samurai II/Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0049710/ Samurai III/Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima
Collectively, this is the Samurai Trilogy.
The films captured the wonderful transformation of Takezo/Musashi from wild-eyed orphan to refined master samurai. This series reminded me somewhat of Gone with the Wind.
The film, while in color, sometimes features battle scenes in the dark, without sufficient lighting. You'll see a blade flash, hear a scream, and see a shape fall. Who was that? Was that Musashi? The scenes were meant to be viewed . . . holding those few errors off to the side, the action scenes proved interesting, the characters delivered solid performances, and this series is worth it on one of those days where you can watch 'em all in one day. Well, that's what I did.
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0328107/ Man on Fire
This film is a rather long view. 2.5 hours of wild ups and downs to the plot . . . the film has the traditional structure. Paying attention to the plot reveals the many set-ups for the later events. The story works much better than Denzel's previous film, Out of Time.
Denzel's character didn't make much sense in Out of Time. While Man on Fire almost takes on too much with regards to complexity of story, it pulls it off in an acceptable fashion.
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0115639/ Beautiful Girls
I enjoyed the female characters. I disliked the male characters. Show me the story from Portman's "Lil' Lolita" character, and well . . . maybe that doesn't work either. Possibly, show me the story from Uma Thurman's point of view. The lines the actors and actresses had . . . they were par for the course.
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0256009/ The Devil's Backbone/El Espinazo del diablo
When leaving Blockbuster, the clerk mentioned that this film was really wonderful to behold. I don't normally receive commentary on films I rent. That clerk was correct. This one was a winner.
It's a horror/suspense set around the Spanish Civil War, right before WW2. Orphaned kids go to stay at a remote schoolhouse complex. The complex is haunted.
The story unfolds around the children and the adults who run the complex. It's a rather well-done take on the ghost story. Guillermo del Toro's work on this film . . . wow. This was my first film of his . . . he's the guy who did Hellboy. puppytron, I'm starting to warm to this comic film, despite the lousy state of comic book films in general.
Halloween is one of my favorites. I'm rather tired, but it's a good Michael Myers film, and I don't own it, and I should probably buy it.