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21 February 2005
Wood, in The Australian
Hunter S. Thompson is dead.
his lucid moments, he could be a great writer. Unfortunately, these were
few and far between. Sad it had to end the way it did.
I'll get this out of the way right now: Currency Lad was right: Collateral rocks.
The best thriller to come out of Hollywood in years. You've probably all heard about the plot. What I can tell you is just why it's so damned good.
The performances are knockouts. A never-better Tom Cruise shines as the killer-for-hire Vincent, while Jamie Foxx is the real star as the repressed-soul cabbie, Max. It's the best acting performance I've seen in a movie in ages.
While these two leads are the core of the film, other performances are memorable despite limited screen time: Jada Pinkett-Smith as a prosecutor, Mark Ruffalo as the narcotics detective who slowly figures out what is happening. Javier Bardem as the cultured, sinister drug lord. Best of all the smaller roles is Barry Shabaka Henley as the jazz club owner, who shares a gorgeous scene with Cruise and Foxx.
The beautiful nightime photography and music create an entrancing atmosphere which lends itself to both character development and action sequences. It also heralds a landmark milestone in movie making: for the first time, digital video looks sensational.
The narrative, despite an overall b-movie plot structure, is a triumph. The action and suspense slowly builds towards the movie's extended climax, yet the thrills never come at the expense of character. There are so many small moments of sublime acting, particularly from Foxx, you really savour every scene. Action scenes are not telegraphed by crap music, and often unfold in ways you wouldn't expect. The whole movie just feels way above the norm in almost every aspect, even when it strays into familiar territory. This aint no quickly-forgotten Saturday-night testosterone thriller.
Director Michel Mann is absolutely on-form here. One of the few directors who can create genuinely intelligent works which appeal both to the auteur crowd, as well as the popcorn-chewing seat-fillers. When he fires (Heat, The Insider and this one), there isn't a better director on the planet.
Collateral proves that a movie can be both a great work of art, and sensational, knockout entertainment at the same time.
you gotta see.
If you've never seen this show, check it out:
warned though, it's a little.......disturbing.
Yobbo, this one's for you
Something from a recent motorcycle expo:
to take up motorcycling, eh Sam?
Yep, there's nothing the Green Left Weekly loves as much as an ideologically correct mass-murderer.
How wonderful. The arse-rimming continues...
That's nice lads. As I recall he also called for the entire population of Cuba & the USA to be exterminated in a nuclear war, murdered a bunch of peasants, and set up Cuba's secret police and detention system which imprisons political opponents and homosexuals.
If the Green Left were around in WW2, it easy to guess which world leader they would have looked up to. Hitler, after all, met every criteria to be supported by them:
nutty environmentalist beliefs
The Green Left are cissy, unarmed heirs to the Nazi party. You think it
an unfair comparison? Then explain to me why.
- the greenies are whinging about the government's plans to end compulsory student unionism:
The Little Green Adolfs see no contradiction between student choice and enforced unionism. Commies, as always, know what's good for everyone else.
- a reprint of an old interview with the Nation of Islam race-kook Malcolm X, in which he gives us this brilliant predicition:
Note: this interview is from 1965.
Hmmm, maybe it really is going according to plan, and Malcolm X thought Elijah Muhammad's Spaceship was about to bring capitalism to its knees.
- some charming poetry about Iraqis:
'terrorised' by democracy and being fed with actual food. Will
the horrors of American occupation never cease?
Alan E. Brain brings us this fascinating piece of scientific reasoning from the Arab world.
When, oh when, will this psychotic religion join the rest of humanity in the 21st century?
Alan, you up for a cheap Asian lunch in Dickson?)
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