May 15th, 2009

breaking bad


Predictions of the future in 1969.

'An electronic correspondence machine, or Home Post Office, which allows for instantaneous written communication between individuals all over the world.'

Yeah, right.

'What the wife purchases on her console will be paid for by the husband on his computer.'

Now, that's more like it!
breaking bad

Why we sometimes like or dislike the silly film

That funny list, and the increasing spread of opinion about the new Star Trek film, has made me think about how sometimes, and without any apparent logic, it's easy to enjoy a silly film. But on other occasions a film that your friends seem all to be enjoying leaves a nasty taste, or irritates you beyond belief.

I didn't enjoy Iron Man for example, though I do like Robert Downey Junior a great deal. Yet so many on my f-list thought it was great - and I have no idea why it didn't work for me. OK, of course I could give sensible reasons why, but they would probably apply to other films which thrilled me to the core.

Abigail at Asking the Wrong Questions gives a critical view which nevertheless I can really go along with here, although my overall conclusion is much more positive, and she has an accompanying round-up of critical opinion here. Both links are well worth following for those who are interested in the spread of opinion.*

If I had to sum up why I like this film it is because it accurately reflects - miniskirts and Kirk being a dick and all - a series which I loved as a child, and this time round I am able to maintain some distance but still feel the thrill of being seven and watching starships on telly.

*ETA and do read the comments too, for instance Jonathan M who says 'I thought it tapped perfectly into this image... that Kirk was some kind of primal fury; a barely controlled collection of instincts and passions that forced him again and again to take absurd risks with his own life and that of those around him.'