Wednesday 22 February 2012
We arrived in London safely and just a little behind schedule. No matter how frustrating aspects of air travel can be, I never cease to be amazed and grateful at how easy and cheap it is to travel halfway around the world in a little over twenty-four hours.
As usual I spent most of the time watching movies and some TV.
- The Debt: Interesting.
- In Time: Intriguing premise, decent execution.
- Boy: Quite good.
- Network: Exceedingly dull and overwrought.
- Man On Fire: OK execution of routine material.
- Mural (weird Chinese film with female spirits who don't understand men (this is a genre)): Difficult to evaluate.
- The Night Watch: Not bad.
- A Shot In The Dark: Tedious (like all the other Clouseau films).
- The Big Sleep (1946): Brilliant. More great dialogue than all the other movies put together.
This movie binge reminded me how wrong mass media is. Based on movies, you would conclude that the most common occupation is "professional assassin", that outbreaks of violence and murder tend to be ignored by the authorities, that there are no happy marriages, and that there are no Christians (barring the odd exorcist or villain). I fully understand that movies focus on the abnormal because it's more interesting, and that most people can distinguish fiction from reality, but I'm too much of a pessimist to imagine that our unconscious assumptions are perfectly firewalled from our movie and TV diet.