Sunday, March 02, 2008

This and that

Busy, busy Justin.

I've been hard at work since I got back from the US, and now I'm preparing for a few days (tomorrow to Thursday) in lovely Norway. That's not sarcasm, by the way: Norway is lovely, but bloody expensive. Lucky work is paying...

You can read on without fear, Simon. I have just watched episode 5 of Lost, and as I predicted (due to it being a Desmond episode) it was an absolute humdinger. Last season's Des episode was my favourite ever, but this may just edge it. Incredible stuff.

Also incredible was There Will Be Blood. I saw it last week, and am still reeling. What an extraordinary (literally) piece of work. I was pre-disposed to like it, as I think that the director is a genius (Magnolia = top 5 films of all time), but I wasn't expecting something so out-there but brilliant. Day-Lewis is on a whole other level to pretty much every other actor in history; his performance is possibly the best piece of acting that I have ever seen. I'm gushing about a film that, on paper, is not great: there is actually not a lot of plot and story, and absolutely no exposition. The story is driven purely by character and situation, with stunning camera-work and music (from Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead) driving it along. You must see this film.

Have you seen it yet? No? Then stop reading this and come back when you're done.

Right, I'd better pack my bags and gather together my mind, which is reeling after that episode of Lost. Here's some stuff to watch:

You get a second of pay-off at the end here, but the build-up is so worth it:


Amazing water balloon video:


Here's the exploding windmill video that's been doing the rounds:


And click here for an awesome Soviet-style animation of Mario.

6 Comments:

Blogger Simon Varwell said...

Must get round to watching that film. Although with there being more than one gritty western out at the moment, I keep getting confused and thinking it's called "There Will Be Old Men".

12:53 pm  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

Justin, do you think "There Will Be Blood" is my type of film? (i.e. does it have Ferrell, boys dressed as girls playing "soccer", or amusing and undemanding mix-ups between identical but very different twins?)

1:15 am  
Blogger swishfish said...

It sounds exactly like your kind of film! Daniel Day-Lewis plays (against type) a failing high school boxer. Will Ferrell, a local debt collector, comes in to coach him with hilarious consequences! It turns out that Ferrell lost in the final of the all-state championship himself, but can Day-Lewis do it? The romantic storyline is contributed by Ferrell's twin daughters (both played by Lindsay Lohan) who both fall for Day-Lewis, with hilarious consequences! How will the big fight go? Which Twin will he choose? There will be blood!!!

8:12 am  
Blogger Jenny said...

LOL to your comment, Justin.

Just finished watching episode 5 this morning (I'm a bit behind because the viewing schedule here does not work with my life) and thought it was an excellent episode!

6:51 pm  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

Jenny - the film comes in five episodes? Does the fun never end?

1:58 am  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

By the way Green, I will definitely be going to see that film now - there's no way that pitch could disappoint (though I'd prefer the Olsens over the Lohan).

2:00 am  

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