I have a few new movies to share today, along with a few other musings. First of the movies is Highlander…
Bryan and I have been watching this movie in 45 minute segments every Monday and Friday morning. I must say, for how praised this movie is, it didn’t meet my expectations at all. The fight choreography was dreadfully boring (perhaps I am too used to being treated to modern swordplay and effects). There were large plot holes that opened simply because of subject matter that was never talked about in the movie. Or better put, things that were never explained nor mentioned that should have been. These errors could have been easily mended if they had just recognized them as holes and made something up to explain them. For example, the “rules” or “conditions” of being a highlander were quite vague with many questions left unanswered. Things were not explained leaving a vast majority of the film to one’s own interpretation, the characters and motives were poorly written, and the lackluster quality of the effects made me take a step back from being truly involved with the film. I felt no connection to any of the characters or their plights. Overall, it was an underwhelming classic and I caution against seeing it.
The first thing that caught my attention was in the opening credits. Clint Mansel, my all-time favorite movie music composer (the one who wrote the score for The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream) did the music for this film. It gets a plus for that. The music was quite good.
Pi is about a man who is very good with numbers. He believes that everything can be mathematically predicted, even something as chaotic as the stock market. He sets out to find the pattern in this mayhem, but as he comes closer to solving the elusive puzzle, his teetering on the edge of madness becomes more frantic and soon spills over into the people around him.
For some reason, they did the film in black and white. Maybe it was to show the absoluteness and infallibility of numbers? I don’t really know why they did it in black and white, but the film was made in 1998 which means that could have done it in color. Pi was very interesting as a whole, but there were some segments in the film that were bizarre. It was a peculiar film, one that I recommend seeing…but just a cautionary warning of the strangeness that also comes with it.
Lastly, The Gods Must Be Crazy.
Pretty sure most of you have heard of this film. It’s about a bushman in the Kalahari desert and his family. He lives in an uncivilized world with no knowledge of other cultures or the modern world. One day, a plane overhead drops a coke bottle into his world and he picks it up. Oddly enough, this simple container is the most advanced piece of technology he has ever seen. He describes it as “like water, but the hardest thing on earth.” He takes it to his family, and they all love this new device and thank the gods for sending it to them. However, soon feelings of jealousy arise over the bottle and they begin to fight over it. Realizing that the gods must have made a mistake in giving them this evil item, the man sets off to the edge of the world to cast this foreign object that does not belong there off of the edge of it. This aspect of the film I found very interesting, but a lot of the film also is about the modern world and how they fit into this man’s story.
During the segments with the civilized people, I found the film started to lose my attention. I didn’t find it nearly as interesting or well done as the bushmen aspect. Overall, I’d say this is a gem, but there were also a lot of dry patches in between. Maybe you’ll like them, though. They just didn’t seem to fit very well together.
Let’s see…Other things…
Guitar progression is going well. Larry recently got a guitar and he’s learning now, too. It’s nice seeing someone else start out playing, this way I can see how much progress I have made. It’s reassuring.
School is good. Asian Religion Philosophies is by a long shot my hardest class and will indeed be the greatest challenge I must overcome this semester. It’s rough stuff, very dry material, and very hard to concentrate on such abstract schools of thought.
Hm. I think that’s all for now.