Wednesday, October 27, 2010

planet of the apes

I caught another movie lately from my old list. I got Planet of the Apes from the library. This was the 2001 Tim Burton release with Mark Wahlberg.

It was a good movie. Very entertaining and thought provoking. Those apes are pretty smart. Chrichton explored this too in the excellent book Congo.

I almost didn't get to watch it. It was a 1 week rental and I had to stay up a bit watching it while working through some laundry at home. But I'm glad I did see it. I think the only movies left on my list now are Kill Bill I-II and Apocalypse Now 2000.

Friday, October 15, 2010


I caught the movie Constantine this week. I picked it up at the local library.

It was a good movie. The special effects were really good. This would have been a great theatre movie the visuals were very compelling in this film. The scenes in Hell were very believable and scary.

I'd wanted to see it ever since it came out. I used to joke that the cover art was like at work. One guy keeping it going while battling the demons.

heh heh. I enjoyed the movie I'm glad I saw it. I found the movie a bit hard to follow at times.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

kick Canada day

Canada can't land in UAE.

No seat on UN security council.

The UAE thing was pretty bad. This wasn't minor officials being inconvenienced. It was the minister of defence and the Chief of Defence Staff. Let's consider casualties in Afghanistan. UAE: not one loss. And now they want to use their base as a bargaining chip in commercial negotiations. Disgraceful!

Prime Minister Harper needs to respond decisively to this. Some high heat, chin music next inning is in order.

The UN security council is meh. We gutted our armed forces under Trudeau in the 70s to free up money for socialism. Like western Europe we offloaded our defense responsibilities to America. So Canada doesn't really deserve to be on the security council anyway.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Bad Santa

Last weekend I was at the library with my kids. While passing the DVD section I happened to notice the Bad Santa movie. I picked it up and watched it this week - when the kids weren't around it was rated R.

I didn't know much about it except that I'd wanted to see it in the theatre those years ago. It's a dark comedy. The story of a con man mall Santa and his midget assistant who case out the stores they work in each Christmas season while planning to rob the store and crack the safe. The Santa character is a messy drunk and rude to the kids.

The movie was funny in parts with some crude and slapstick humour. Especially the scene when Santa comes to work drunk, falls over the display, then punches out the paper mache  reindeer in a fit of paranoia.

The ending was pretty well done and I'm glad I saw it. I don't think I'd got a movie for myself at the library before. There are a few more movies like this one I wanted to see in the theatre but didn't for whatever reason so maybe I'll take out 1-2 a month or so and go through them.

The to-see list includes Constantine, Planet of the Apes, The Abyss, Kill Bill, Iron Man. Probably a few more I'll think of or remember if I start looking.