January 9, 2005

Last week's resolution implemented [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at January 9, 2005 10:08 PM

This week's media:

House of Flying Daggers: Of course this movie had lots of stylized kung-fu acrobatics, and shots of various missile weapons in flight, but what sticks in my mind is the last fight scene: no graceful dancing, just two pissed-off guys who really wanted to kill each other, it was simultaneously beautiful and horrifying. Recommended for this alone.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: This classic movie needs no introduction. The DVD is a faithful reproduction; there are no Ewoks in this version. I'd forgotten that Sallah is played by John Rhys-Davies; presumably the line Asps. Very dangerous. You go first. was to be followed by Well, this is a thing unheard of. An elf would go underground, where a dwarf dare not. Oh, I'd never hear the end of it.

From a Basement on the Hill: If you've heard about this album then you probably know the story behind it: Elliott Smith committed suicide before completing it, and it was collected and published posthumously by friends and family. As a result, it's an unpolished but emotionally powerful album. The songs reflect the artist's deep unhappiness, but I found them moving rather than simply depressing. It's the kind of album that I queue up intending to listen to just one track, and end up getting lost in for a while until I remember that I had something to do. The lyrics I chose for the sidebar are from "Don't Go Down" which is a good representation of the themes of sadness that run through this work.

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I should see where that is playing. I'm kind of in the mood for a fight to the death.

I spent the entire recent conference being recruited. It was necessary but exhausting. Until the last day, I didn't get to a single talk I wanted to see.

I want this stuff to end.

Posted by: Mason | January 10, 2005 6:51 PM
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