Oct. 26th, 2006

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You can tell I'm writing today, because I'm posting lots more than usual.  Also, I did have the thought that I should to try to post more in general. But you know how that is. I also have the thought that I need to eat less, etc. etc., the tarmac of good intentions. Items of oddity:

McSweeney's offers Indiana Jones' letter of rejection for tenure. Highly amusing. "Moreover, no one on the committee can identify who or what instilled Dr. Jones with the belief that an archaeologist's tool kit should consist solely of a bullwhip and a revolver."

DM of the Rings, wherein a GM tries to get his players to take the Ring to Mordor. Funny if you're a gamer, skip it if you're not.

Chris De Burgh - yes the singer of "Lady In Red" fame - is said to have healing powers. This one is so WTF that I almost don't know what to do with it, but it's mesmerizing in a train wreck sort of way.

Also, Pug Vader. Self-explanatory.

I saw The Prestige on Sunday night, and liked it quite a lot, though the twists and turns weren't as unexpected to me as perhaps they were intended to be. I found Nolan's narrative slight-of-hand to be much less important than the emotional journey through obsession, rivalry and revenge, which I found fascinating. Bowie gives an amazing, very understated performance as Nikola Tesla, the standout performance of the movie to me, while Jackman, Bale and Caine all gave the expected solidly masterful performances as well. I can take or leave Scarlett Johansen, but she was perfectly fine and not distracting. Despite the lukewarm reviews, I would recommend the movie, particularly to those who like and know fantasy. I've gotten the feeling that some of the reviewers don't get the ways in which the metaphor of the fantasy elements is key to understanding the underlying point of the film. Besides, Bowie as Tesla,, who can resist that?

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