Monday, 22 February 2010

Cold Stones



I've been aware I haven't posted anything in a couple of weeks so thought I'd just put something up to fill the void. The artist formerly known as Shatbass is carrying on my IMDB challenge from last year and having a serious attempt at getting through them all. Inspired by his weekly update, I decided a wee update on my weekend viewing can fill a post. Can I say before I go on that this is like blogging during the war. So far we have had two power cuts in the last 20 minutes and I don't hold out much hope for finishing the post before another one. So here goes.

Inglorious Basterds
I finally got round to opening the limited edition of the BluRaythat I bought just before Christmas. Before moving onto the movie, I must say that the additional postcards were not worth the extra £2. Anyways, as I have said before, you go into this movie not knowing what to expect and it delivers. That was my initial reaction when I first saw it last year. This weekend's viewing was my second watch and I can honestly saw it was better. Even when you know what to expect, the 153 minute runtime goes flying in and the performance of Christoph Waltz is still outstanding.

Up
I went to a crappy cinema to see this last year which had quite a poor screen quality so this viewing was one of the most anticipated home movie experiences of my life - the Up BluRay. Seeing it the first time was good, but the clarity and soundtrack on my home cinema made this special. The film itself is pure cinematic joy, but the presentation that Disney DVd have put forward on this set make it a must own.

Fish Tank
Next up was Fish Tank. I watched this on Sunday Afternoon and on Sunday evening it had won the BAFTA for Best British Film. This was strange one. It was a good film with the usual British grittiness that often comes across in homegrown movies. What gets me though is the content. Up until about half an hour to go it is good wee story about the girl's life and the relationship with her mother and other people. Then all of a sudden it takes a sinister turn and she becomes a child kidnapper.

Curling
As good as Up and Inglorious Basterds were, the highlight of this week's [and weekend's] viewing is the Curling at the Winter Olympics. As a friend put it, we are all suffering from curling insomnia. This is the most addictive sport ever. The teams basically get a chance to slide the stone down sheet ice and get it in the house. Points are given based on how many stones are closer to the centre than the other teams. If you have not seen it, what have you been doing for the last week.
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