The stick and carrot approach to knowledge acquisition

I've promised myself that if I finish Thing A by Friday (Thing A being rather important in the general scheme of things), then I can reward myself by going to watch Inside Man.

Why a slick Hollywood thriller, yous ask? Why not, I answer and then add that it has a cast that I did dream up but someone else turned into Reality.

Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, AND Clive Owen (and yous all know how much this half of PTSD is keen on the latter two). Add Jodie Foster, William Dafoe and Christopher Plummer and it should be entertaining, right?

Oh, and the director's Spike Lee. After a rather disappointing V for Vendetta (which is more Phantom of the Opera than 1984 in its movie incarnation), I am due for a good film soon. Not that I care much since the casting alone is enough to make me happy.


At 3/29/2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous serena said...

so you didn't like V? Hmm that does not make me happy...maybe I wait for video?!

At 3/29/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Well, it's not like I didn't like it, it's more that it dumbed down a lot of the more interesting stuff from the comic (from what I remember) and totally changed (again, from what I remember) some bits about. Also, Natalie Portman's posh upper-class accent bugged the hell out of me. It's all about translation--from page to screen and from American to English.

Overall, if you ignore the comic book, it's a good movie. Better than heaps that are out there these days.

At 3/29/2006 2:29 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

So is that a recommendation, or not? Bearing in mind that I did read the book (once in college, and again just this week after our trip to the bookstore) but didn't think it was The Greatest Thing Ever.

Even if I'm highly amused by the idea of WeberMan calling TheoryGuy Evey.

At 3/29/2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Does that make WeberMan V? Or, is it reserved for X (bloke we all know and sometimes love)?

It's not much of a recommendation. I actually liked the book, especially compared to LofXG but not as much as the Watchmen (again, from what I remember) and liked the gray shades in the book compared with the film, which ignores all that and turns things into some sort of weird revolutionary love story. If we're talking musicals (which we really shouldn't but when has that ever stopped me :-)) then it's more Les Miz and the Phantom than whatever has grit.

Btw, grit is a new word I learnt in the course of BNC socialising. Apparently you Midwesterners are into it. So, not only do yous have accents but are also full of grit. I'm definitely fascinated :D

At 3/30/2006 11:40 AM, Anonymous serena said...

ok so since i have never read the book/comic...I should enjoy the movie then!

At 3/31/2006 7:27 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

But we never claim to have grit. Grit is something that must only be referenced in the absence of the gritty person. You can't declare yourself gritty.

And it isn't always a good thing. Sometimes it's a carefully phrased insult. All depends on the tone of voice and the situation.


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