Archive for May, 2011

Knight and Day

May 27, 2011

Its movies like this that make me wish I was born in an era where Tom Cruise was not alive. . . .or possibly a universe where he never existed… I think I’ve figured out why so many big stars play characters who are spies or super heroes forced to act like normal people- makes it less obvious that Tom Cruise is incapable of acting like a normal person. Sure its contrived, its supposed to be. Want your dog to perform a trick while having a nap? Ask him to play dead… The end was just weird, they do a happy pitch-corrected pop song drive-away roll credits, then unexpectedly, a brief sombre finale followed by silent credits as though we’d just watched Shindler’s List or something. Maybe it just played wrong for me or something, I don’t get it?

Jim Smetchland’s Rating: D-

You Built It, You Bought It.

May 22, 2011

You’ve got a sweet tooth, you bought your favourite morsel from the corner store and carried it home. It’s got dried pineapple from South America, macadamias from Madagascar and ted nugent from Michigan…. If we ignore your own physical exertion, what’s your carbon footprint?… Zero! All you did was eat it! In no way did you force someone to refine oil into that wrapper, grow sugarcane or burn gallons of fuel shipping across oceans.


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Left-Right and the Up-Down Spectrums

May 3, 2011

Look at society like an X and Y grid. There is a struggle between left and right, but also a struggle between those who have power and those who do not. This vertical polarization exists within each and every group of human beings. The king and his people, the chief and his tribe, a coach and his players, parents and children, Huey Lewis and the News. Those with power and those without power will always struggle, its human nature. (more…)

Space Attack!

May 3, 2011

This was a great flick. Scientist Kevin Spacey discovers something. Attack is imminent, no one would believe him, no one except veteran FBI agent Bruce Willis and hot shot Keanu his new partner. Its gripping to watch these pros in action, scene after scene they just stare at each other blankly and so much tension and emotion is implied (more…)