Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Whining and reviews

So! Been a while since my last post. I have no decent excuse, except that now I've moved out into the real world I don't have regular internet access, and also that over the last week and a half or so, my entire body has decided to rebel. Stupid body. First it was a bout of dizziness, then my idiotic neck decided to be idiotic again, and then to top it all off, I got shingles. Which is always fun. So yeah, my body sucks, but everything's slowly getting better, and I'm going home on Sunday to the wonderfully cool climes of Tasmania, which'll be tops.

In other news... movie reviews!

First off we have The Prestige, aka one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. I completely agree with everything Crip said in his review; this film is absolutely, wonderfully incredible, and if you don't like it you are pretty much dead to me.

On the flipside, we have Casino Royale, aka one of, if not the worst, movie of all time. I cannot comprehend how this film has got such good reviews! Daniel Craig obviously has real potential to be a decent James Bond, but he was damned from the very beginning in Casino Royale by the atrocious script, and a storyline that took over two hours to go absolutely nowhere in an extremely confusing and convoluted way. Urgh. Terrible, terrible movie.

In even other news, here's what I'm reading at the moment:

I started Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, and haven't got much further than the third chapter. I guess I admire his aim, to write 'the people' back into the history of the US, but I find his writing style incredibly annoying, not just because he seems to try to be as confrontational and controversial as possible. There's nothing wrong with controversial, but don't try to do it for it's own sake.

Much more readable is The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar, which I started yesterday. An incredible amount of research has obviously gone into this history of voting and suffrage in the US, and the result is an incredibly interesting, and very well-written, book.

I also read The Old Man and the Sea yesterday, by Earnest Hemmingway, mostly because I never had, and I wanted something to read over lunch. I'm not sure I could add anything to the volumes of praise that has been written about this book; sufficed to say that it was wonderful. It's only 100-odd pages, just read it yourself!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah I was wondering why you hadn't updated in a while. The shingles is a good excuse. I guess.

You know that never goes away eh? Just goes into remission into your trigenminal ganglien... ganglion, whatever. At least I'm sure it does. I'd look it up but I'm lazy.

I ended up watching the new James Bond film. I was too busy oogling over Daniel Craig to pay too much attention to the actual story line. I agree it was kind of hard to follow. It could have been my fault, but I blame it on the director.

Anywho old man and the sea is a great little read.

Oh and I am surprised by the interweb. I heard this song on a commercial (gears of war, xbox) Didn't know the name of it but I was able to find it with yahoo tech Questions and Answers.
Very surprising. Anywho not that it matters but its Mad World - Gary Jules from the Donnie Darko soundtrack

Check out my msn space when you get a minute. I updated it with my recent trip pictures to vienna, salzburg and poland.

I haven't gotten a job yet in brockville as a hygienist. These old hags arn't ready to die yet, and they're holding up all the job spaces!!

Anywho later!!

Katie Moss