OK, starting with movies. First off, saw The Incredibles the other day; and am kicking myself for not seeing it on the big screen. Unlike most, I don’t look down on animation, its as good an art form as any other. This this movie is just too good. Unlike most animated films, this is not only for children — which is a promising sign. And graphics-wise, it looks to be the best animated film so far. Would not recommend anyone to miss this.
Then there was Pulp Fiction, which for some reason seemed even more funny. I’ve got a theory on Tarantino, he’s daring audiences to laugh at wtf is going on the screen. It looks cool, the acting’s superb. Technically, the movie probably is flawless. But the script is the one thing that stands out, its just so perfectly intertwined (kinda like Magnolia on a small scale).
And I finally got around to seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey yesterday. To be honest, the movie was a bit of a let-down. Probably should not have read too much on Kubrick online before seeing this one. Also, the plot is not as revolutionary now as it probably was back then — too many short-stories & TV shows have ripped-off the same theme. I distinctly remember seeing one episode of The Outer Limits which was almost the same as the movie (this is also a great show).
For those who are not familiar, this is an unique movie. A throwback to the days of the silent film, there is almost no dialogue. The first 20 minutes or so are totally silent — so is the end. And the music used is just superb, better than any dialogue can be.
I really appreciated the small touches off the film, the attention to detail that Kubrick pays. But the psychedelic ending turned me off.
Now coming on to books. I got The Last Don from a friend some time back. I hadn’t read any Mario Puzo, just seen the Godfather movies. The book is great fun — full of sleaze, scandal, corruption, et cetera… The standard criminal thriller. But like the Godfather movies, the book is more about family. And full of little moral dilemmas. I repeat, great fun.
And It Could Happen to You, which was OK. Its like one of those depressingly optimistic ‘life is beautiful’ books, but not so depressing. The story was predictable as usual, but I really liked the book’s description of small town life. Also, the initial character build-up was cool.