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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy

In the company of Lord B, I went to go and see "V for Vendetta" for the second time this evening. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. I was able to relax into the film from the very beginning, and even the bits in the third quarter of the film that seemed to drag a little bit before were absolutely fine on a second viewing. As I watched, I did marvel all over again that this film ever got made. Forget about the terrorism, here is a film that challenges you to think and to question, and how rare is that?

The trailers they showed before the main feature just emphasised the point: "Firewall", starring Harrison Ford as your average blue-collar man who is roused when his family is put in danger (yawn - hasn't he made this film before?), "The Da Vinci Code" starring Tom Hanks and based on the book allegedly written by Dan Brown, "Mission: Impossible III" - some bombastic, plotless shite starring Tom Cruise....

All utter tripe.

I had to smile when a Vicky Pollard-a-like stormed out of the cinema with her boyfriend about halfway through the film, at the point where Evie is being interrogated. I was sitting on the aisle, and as she brushed past me as she flounced out, I heard her say, "I don't have to stay here and watch this crap no more..." Oh dear.

Too many words and not enough brainless slaughter, innit.

Go see. It might encourage them to make more like it.

Watching the trailer for "Firewall" I got to thinking about what inordinate amounts of money Harrison Ford has taken at the box office over the years. Watching the "M:I 3" trailer then got me to wondering how many other actors were in the same kind of ballpark as Ford and Cruise.

Not many.

In terms of pure box office takings though, how many major league actors are beaten by the pair pictured above though, eh? Brad Pitt? Johnny Depp? Julia Roberts? Ben Stiller? Pacino? De Niro?

I'd say that was a good thing, only I fear it might encourage George Lucas to make some more. Oh. Too late. I hear he's planning to make a Star Wars TV series set between Episodes III and IV. Oh sweet Jesus. Hasn't he done enough?


  • At 1:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You'll still lap it all up though and you know it you womp rat!


  • At 9:40 am, Blogger Mark said…

    Samuel L Jackson has the biggest box office gross of any one actor in the history of mankind. There you are.

  • At 11:45 am, Blogger Stef said…

    Samuel L Jackson deserves to be huge though, he absolutely rocks. Tom Cruise isn't fit to wipe his boots.

    Not only is Lucas commissioning 100 episodes of the Star Wars TV series (and yes, I probably will watch it. D'oh!) but Harrison Ford has just signed up to do another Indiana Jones movie. I kid you not.

  • At 5:34 pm, Blogger Crucifer said…

    " Star Wars TV series set between Episodes III and IV"

    Does this mean we get to find out why Leia said in RotJ that her mother was "beautiful but sad" but in RofS, her mother died in childbirth?

    Or why the Emperor never got around to finding Yoda when it took Vader only 2 years to track down the rebels?

    Or maybe I should just shoot myself right now for even thinking about this... :(

  • At 9:04 pm, Blogger -L said…

    I'm pleased that you enjoyed it more the second time around, ST. I would like to go again as well but can't really justify it, financially. Schmoo. Good thing dvds hit the shelves in about 2 weeks these days.

    I've never seen Star Wars...

  • At 12:31 am, Blogger Stef said…

    You've never seen Star Wars?! Mind you, my wife hasn't either... Crazy!

    As for the Leia remembering her mother, maybe she remembered her foster mum. After all, she had her foster father's name (Organa, not Skywalker), she may not have known she was adopted.

  • At 6:55 pm, Blogger -L said…

    Nope, haven't seen Star Wars (despite the fact that I'm called Princess Leia all too frequently!).

    Same goes for Indiana Jones...


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