Sunday, December 14, 2008

It was the greatest magic trick I've ever seen

I ended up going to bed at 3 in the morning between Friday and Saturday. My intention was to be asleep before midnight. Instead I spent the night watching two football games, shooting 136 terrorists, talking to various friends and foes online, and waiting for my Mah Girl to come home.

I'm not really the worrying kind, but there's something about sitting up, waiting, that appeals to me. Not really sure what though...

So yesterday was a very mellow day. We kicked back and watched three movies.

Dawn of the Dead
(note: the remake, not the original) Yawn. The first time I saw this it was pretty cool. Turns out it's a POS. It has the most unmotivated naked boobs scene ever, and while I accept that characters in horror movies generally suffer from a lack of logical thinking, these dumbasses are exceptional. I won't need to see this ever again. Dawn of the Dead gets a shaved chin. Not a single hair.

The Prestige
Christopher Nolan in top form, as always. If you haven't seen it, do it. Do it now. It's about two 19th century stage magicians trying to outtrick each other. It has a murder mystery, twists and turns, David Bowie and pseudo-historically correct science signed Nikola Tesla. Outstanding stuff. Five beards out of five.

Tesla's field of lights in Colorado

Swedish director Mikael Håfström's adaptation of Stephen King's short story is pretty good. The best Stephen King adaptations have always come from his short stories (Apt Pupil, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption), and often short stories without any supernatural content. 1408 however stands firmly in horror territory, though with a streak of dark humor that had us chuckling a few times. Granted, our sense of humour might be more twisted than most...
Anywho, 1408 has a few scares, a few laughs, and John Cusack. What more do you need? Three beards and a moustache, out of five beards.

What I have learned from this weeked, and some basic Googling, (other than that I should never ever watch Dawn of the Dead again) is that I need to learn more about Nikola Tesla. Fascinating man. Someone to write something about.


Steelwheels said...

Every time I watch The Prestige (which I do every once and a while, because it's frigging awesome), I think to myself; "man, Tesla was really, really cool! I should read up on him." And although I have all the world's accumulated knowledge at my fingertips, I somehow always forget.

Did you watch the director's cut of 1408 or the cinematic release?

beardonaut said...

My feelings exactly. Though I might need to buy a book on him to get that proper "lookie, I'm doing research" feeling.

The cinematic release. Big difference?

Steelwheels said...

Nah, the director's cut just shifts weight tonally and emotionally at the very end. More satisfying denoument for me.

beardonaut said...

Oh. Cool. I need to see that then.

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