Wednesday, January 19, 2005
A crazy thing
Go to :
Click on hören and sehen and click on the first song.
Either it's really funny or a sign that the apocalypse is upon us.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I was not disappointed. It is a great movie! Here’s a short overview of the plot, I will try to say has least as possible in order not to spoil your pleasure if you did not see the film. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are a super hero couple that were forced into retirement. (Note: The reason why they are forced to retire is so funny, I laugh so hard that I cried in the theatre, so I will not tell you.) They are trying to live a normal life and to raise there family of three kids (Dash, Violet and a baby, I do not remember the name). Out of the blue Mr. Incredible is called out of retirement for one last job. However, there is something fishy about this job and then the whole family gets dragged into the mix.
The film is a homage/parody of all the possible super-hero films that were made. It also includes the super-spy films (James Bond, Mission Impossible) in the mix. Just the powers of the Incredibles is a mix of some of the most popular super-heroes, Mr. Incredible is a Superman that does not fly, Elastigirl is Mr. Fantastic, Dash is Flash, Violet is Invisible Girl and the baby as no powers. The fans of the super-hero/super-spy genre will be please to see their favourite film given a semi-serious treatment. The film is also greatly paced, there is action all the way through the movie but the film also finds a way to advance the plot and give us pretty funny moments. It also avoids rude language, obvious violent and sexual references. The jokes are intelligent, OK for kids and great for adults. The villain is also great and has pretty deep motivations for that kind of movie (and a great
But THE greatest character in that movie is Edna Mode, voiced by the director. Edna is a character with an important and often overlooked role, she designs super-hero costumes. A crazy mix between Karl Lagerfeld, Yoko Ono and General Paton, she steals every scene she’s in. (The one in which she explains why costumes should not have capes is hilarious and alone worth the price of entry!)
The recent not so good Shark Tale showed us that the reputation of the studio and the actors alone can’t carry an animation picture alone and Shrek 2 showed that some ideas can only go that far before looking and sounding silly. I think that Pixar did the intelligent thing focusing on the plot and the character instead of getting major stars to play them. Like in Finding Nemo the greatest secondary character is played by a non-actor (Crush the suffer bum sea turtle in Nemo was also voiced by the director of the movie.).
You must see that movie! I give it 5 tentacles out of 5 and it’s now the #1 animation picture with Shrek on my top 10 list.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
I read relatively fast. I took speed reading classes and I can go through a 200 pages book in an evening. Recently I’ve been reading in the train (I have to commute daily to
I do not have a good answer to that, it became personal. I was locked in a wrestling match with the book and I had to defeat him, and I did…
Anybody interested can find the book at the Guthenberg Project web site, since it’s now a public domain book. I do not recommend it, but maybe reading one chapter or two will allow you to appreciate the talent of Dickens, but the story is such a bore……