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22 February 2004 @ 10:38 am
Japan  
Recently saw The Last Samurai (at Hoyts) and Lost In Translation (at Moonlight Cinema).

It was interesting to see these two different views of Japan, the first as it struggled to enter the industrial age and the second now as the modern digital wonderland it has become.

The Last Samurai was a highly enjoyable epic war movie.
It didn't go anywhere unexpected, but it was an enjoyable ride.
Tom Cruise was excellent, as always (Why does he have such a bad rep as a Hollywood cardboard cut-out? This man has talent).

After hearing such rave reviews, I must say I was a little disappointed in Lost in Translation.
I think Sophia Coppola is still a victim of her own art, and like her debut The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation was all style and no substance.
Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the film, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson were both incredible, but where is the story?
Nevertheless, it is worth going to see this film.

Oh, and I saw the preview for Spider-man 2.
And let me just say that I almost squealed with glee when I saw Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on February 22nd, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
squealing
i can imagine you squeeling with glee! bill murray is my pick for the best actor oscar and charlize theron for best female actor. lord of the rings will take out either best direction or best picture. your right about sophia.

jess
Robet Éivaayvah on February 22nd, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
Doctor Octopus? It'd take a lot of work to remove the lameness from that villian.

That said, I hope it's as good as the first movie.
Jacobyak_boy on February 22nd, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Doctor Octopus isn't lame.
At least not with high-budget special effects.

Anyway, as I said, it has Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus.
Robet Éivaayvah on February 22nd, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
It's just that the whole eight arm thing seems to be one of those things that look good in comic books, but not in real life. I'll take your word for it though.

"Alfred Molina" doesn't ring a bell.
Jacobyak_boy on February 22nd, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Doctor Octopus doesn't have eight arms, he only has four - two human arms, and two long, snaking, metal arms.

Alfred Molina
Robet Éivaayvah on February 22nd, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Right. I got carried away with the arm thing.

Hmmm. Alfred does look like the kind of guy who could play Doctor Octopus.
Jacobyak_boy on February 22nd, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC)
Believe me, he's a fantastic actor.

Maybe you know him as the mayor from Chocolat.