I’ve just returned from the cinema. I don’t go nearly as much as I should but I’m hoping that will change at least over the next couple of weeks as there is a growing list of films I very much want to see. I went to see Che: Part One which was actually my third choice of film but I am forbidden to see The Wrestler or Slumdog Millionaire without Jordan (I may just go against that as there is a chance I’ll be having a day off this week and I’m really itching to see The Wrestler). The film was actually really good and I’m looking forward to the release of part two. I have to admit that my knowledge of Che Guevara was fairly limited before seeing the film. I love Benicio Del Toro and as always he’s really fun to watch – once he dons the iconic hat you can really believe that he really is the famous revolutionary. I feel like I learnt a lot from seeing the film and it definitely didn’t feel two and half hours long.
At some point this week before I see The Wrestler I’m planning on re-watching Darren Aronofsky’s previous three films – Pi, Requiem For a Dream and The Fountain. Anyone familiar with the former two will know that that will be a pretty heavy day if viewed together. I know it’s not a popular viewpoint but I’m really looking forward to watching The Fountain again. As Darren Aronofsky himself describes it ‘it’s a 40 million dollar art film.’ It’s not supposed to be mainstream. It’s not supposed to have a nice, clean happy, ending. It’s meant to be ambiguous and personally I think it’s one of the most beautifully shot films of this decade.
In other news I’ve had my first ‘celebrity’ acknowledgement on Twitter. If you’ve not heard of Twitter it’s basically a mini blogging site. You are limited to 160 characters in each ‘tweet’. It’s much the same as Facebook’s status updates – in fact, you can install an app in Facebook that updates your status every time your post to Twitter. At the moment I don’t have many people following me so it sometimes feels like a relatively pointless exercise although I’m hoping that people will catch on in time.
The great thing about it is being able to follow famous people that interest you. Steven Fry is a very popular tweeter. He’s fun to keep up to date with as he’s always jetting off all over the place and often has many witty comments to make. Another person I am following is Jhonen Vasquez – an alternative comic book writer responsible for Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, I Feel Sick and the cartoon Invader ZIM. He’s especially fun to follow as his tweets are more on the surreal side of things. This is how things went…
JhonenV Other game systems need miscreant mascots like the 360’s ‘Xbox Taco Assailant’. Put on your Helm of Brainstorming and get this shit done.
JhonenV PS3 Burrito Murderer? The Nintendo DS Sausage Ronin? The PSP McMuffin Rapist? I’m seeing a fighting game in this.
JhonenV So far Atari’s gotten the worst of it from you lot. The Atari Chorizo Child Molester? Atari Hamburger Fucker? Good god, guys. Well done!
Very fun indeed.
I was going to write about Jordan’s growing obsession with Viva Pinata as well but I think I’ll save that for another day.