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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
    Movie: Hamlet 2
    Odd. Kind of weird. A high school musical that couldn't really have happened. But kind of funny to watch.


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    Saturday, January 10, 2009  
    Movie: Sweeney Todd
    A dark and delicious musical comedy. We watched this tonight and had a good time. Serve with meat pies...


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    Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
    Movie: Man on Wire
    A wire walker crossed between the world trade center towers. For real! Incredible film. Makes you want to get a crazy goal and go after it. 100% on Rotten Tomato.

    No need to give away the secret.

    T would likely show me how to tight rope walk if I desired. Maybe sometime once this comes out on video. We could make a party out of it... perhaps best to keep the drinking to a minimum.


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    Monday, June 16, 2008  
    Movie: National Treasure (1 and 2)
    Predictable but interesting puzzle adventures. I probably would not watch #3.


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    Wednesday, June 11, 2008  
    Movie: Beowulf
    The CGI spectacular Beowulf (2007) had potential, had some great scenes, but ruined it with gratuitous sex and violence. Not worth my time even though I fast forward through a good deal of it.


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    Sunday, June 08, 2008  
    Movie: The Fall
    The fall is a fantasy film by Tarsem Singh. An injured stunt man tells an epic story of five heroes to a young girl in a 1920's hospital. The heroes are in both story lines...an Indian, an ex-slave, an explosive expert, a masked bandit and the famed biologist Charles Darwin. Filmed in 18 countries with some of the most spectacular scenery ever.

    I want to build a map of this film to track some of the amazing scenery. I'll likely have to watch it on Blu-ray and go scene by scene. This list is from IMDB.

    • India

      • Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India - across from the Taj Mahal
      • Jaipur, Rajasthan - for lots of things including the Blue City, Janta Mantar, Amber Palace
      • Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir -
      • Chennai, Tamil Nadu -

    • South Pacific, Pacific Ocean

    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Cambodia
    • Czech Republic
    • Chile
    • China
    • Egypt
    • Fiji
    • Nepal
    • Indonesia
    • Italy
    • Maldives
    • Namibia
    • Romania
    • South Africa
    • Turkey


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    Monday, June 02, 2008  
    Movie: God Grew Tired of Us
    This movie has been sitting on our shelf for months from Netflix. I was expecting something completely different. What I got was a great documentary, a great inspiration, and a reminder to stop whining.

    From IMDB
    The film briefly covers the history of the mid-80s civil war in Sudan, and the subsequent exodus of young Sudanese men and boys into a refuge camp in Kenya. It focuses on the first four years of the lucky few "lost boys" who are offered refuge in the U.S.

    Go watch it.


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    Movie: Shree 420
    Raj Kapoor stars in this Bollywood film. It was the first of our series of classic Indian films.

    420 stands for swindler. Raj comes from the country to Bombay. He loses all his money., falls in love, sells his honesty (at first only a medal and then himself), and is seduced by money and fame and Maya a temptress. Spoiler: everything works out.

    The songs are fabulous and I bet you'll learn a few of the lyrics. A classic from 1955!


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    Thursday, May 15, 2008  
    Movie: Cup Final
    A 1991 film about the Israeli war. Cup Final follows a prisoner on a trek to Beruit. The world cup soccer tournament ties the whole thing together. Fascinating and disturbing (in a thoughtful way.)


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    Friday, May 02, 2008  
    Movie: Iron Man
    We went this morning for work. Definitely a comic book film. It felt creative and fun with lots of explosions and special effects. Surprisingly, the story and characters stood up under the pressure. I had fun. I laughed. I cheered.


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    Movie: Ira Glass
    We went to see Ira Glass from This American Life (NPR and Showtime) live last night. Well, live except the west coast. It was an event broadcast to movie theaters. It was interesting to see someone when you used to only know their voice. The stories they told had images -- more like their TV show that we don't get because we don't subscribe to Showtime -- but otherwise were very similar to the radio show. We've now subscribed to the podcast so we don't miss any of the shows. TiVo for radio anyone?


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    Monday, August 13, 2007  
    Movie: Rocket Science
    I went to see a previous of this new movie last Monday. Category: spelling bee movie. Except this was with a debate team instead. And the debater of interest had a stutter. The film is entertaining but I don't suspect it will make much money.


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    Sunday, July 29, 2007  
    Movie: Ratatouille
    The Pixar animation about a rat who wants to be a chef is pretty good as long as you think of it as an American rat and characters playing Parisians. Close but not close enough. It has some scenes that seemed too much designed by committee but overall, the story felt really good. And the animation was great. At the end, they had a sticker claiming "100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used." Not sure it matters. Not sure anyone but a few traditional animators would care anyway. And I'm not sure if I were at Pixar that I'd want to be the guy who said we'd NEVER use motion capture or any other method to make the film better.


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    Saturday, July 21, 2007  
    Movie: Astronaut Farmer, Shooter, Meet the Robinsons, Lookout
    Going on a long airplane ride lets you watch a bunch of films. On the way to Taiwan I watched Lookout and Meet the Robinsons. On the way home I saw Astronaut Farmer, Shooter, and the Last Mimzy. In the limo to/from the airport, I watch Cellular and Pi.

    Lookout is a story about young a head-injury victim that gets involved in a bank robbery. "Whoever has the money has the power." And start from the end and work your way back...

    Meet the Robinsons is an animated film about a young inventor and his future family. Cute.

    Astronaut Farmer is a brilliant film about following your dreams -- even if that means building your own rocket and launching yourself into space.

    Shooter is a rather bad action film about a sniper and a conspiracy.

    The Last Mimzy is about a toy rabbit that makes two kids really smart and somehow they end up saving the future.

    In Cellular, a young man receives a desperate call on his cellphone from woman claiming to be kidnapped. This leads to some dramatic chases and action sequences.

    Pi is about a paranoid mathematician searching for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. Chased by stock pickers and a Jewish society looking for the true name of God, he chases down the answer (not 42).


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    Saturday, June 23, 2007  
    Movie: Bee Season
    A spelling movie not about spelling but rather about the power of words and god. Read the book instead. IMDB suggests watching the special features first. I don't think I'll spend the time. Go find god your own way.


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    Thursday, May 03, 2007  
    Movie: Man of the Year
    Robin Williams (Tom Dobbs) and Christopher Walken star in a movie about a comedien that decides to run for president and happens to win because of a computer bug. Some of the lines are funny and relevant to our political processes and issues. But many parts of the movie are just not believable (like how Eleanor Green -- the computer lead on the voting machines -- gets inside Dobbs' inner circle so easily.) The ending is also very sudden. Perhaps the more interesting film would be showing how someone outside the system could manage as the president; talking about change and being voted (due to a bug or not) into the position is only the beginning. And this film doesn't address that harder bit.


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    Saturday, April 14, 2007  
    Movie: Taxi Driver
    The 1976 film is a classic with Robert De Niro and Jody Foster and Cybill Shepherd. Travis drives around in a taxi. He nearly hits the 12 year old prostitute played by Jody Foster. He dates Cybill until that falls apart when he takes her to a XXX movie. He gets some guns. He seems likely to kill a presidential candidate. And the last five minutes of the movie is fairly entertaining and likely spawned a whole generatio of films. Not for the faint of heart.


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    Sunday, April 08, 2007  
    Movie: City of God
    This film reminded me a litle of Kill Bill -- lots of bodies. It never really made Rio seem glamorous. It never really made me want to go there, or try drugs, or be a tráfico (dealer). But it was engaging -- addictive.

    One review wonders why it only gets an R rating. There was even enough sex -- how long ago that hotel scene seems -- for that too topple over into the extreme. I think the special feature that talks with police officers (the Rio Chief of Police as one), dealers, and residents gives us the answer of the why. The war of drugs... we could stop the flow of guns if we wanted. Hopefully we will before they flow into our neighborhoods.


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    Saturday, March 31, 2007  
    Movie: Paper Clips
    Some junior high students at decided to collect 6 million paper clips to represent the victims of the Holocaust. It is a pretty amazing true story. And we are coming to a point in history that only second hand stories of the event will still exist which makes this even more important of a reminder. Official Page

    After some research, the students discovered that the paper clip had been invented in Norway and that Norwegians wore the common place objects in their lapels as a sign of resistance during the Nazi occupation. [ 1 ]


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    Monday, March 26, 2007  
    Movie: Water
    The India in this film is not something you will ever manage to see if you went to visit. The colors, the sounds, ... it is missing the smells. At best, you can only catch a glimpse of this India if you are a tourist.

    It made me think about both of my trips there. And it made me think about Blair, who may just have been there long enough to have found her way inside the culture. I remember being blessed at a temple (5 times or so) but having no money to pay and no language to explain -- and the first time my shirt was ever lifted to see if I had a money belt. Nope, I'd already given away all my cash to the temple guide that took me around back and suggested I donate everything I could. And I remember the driver telling me not to take off my shoes and everyone else telling me I must. And Amit being dismissed as non-native and thus getting the tourist price because he was from the north and we were in the south. And so many more images and smells and sounds all etched into my mind.

    This film is about whether God is Truth or if religious is just there to disguise money. Widows in India were (and are) forced into poverty. Send me some Holy Water. Let's kill some sacred cows. The results are horrifying and hard to fathom. I must have done something good in my past life to get so lucky as to come back as a man.

    Part of a trilogy... Fire and Earth are next. And perhaps choose English in the language settings so you don't have to read subtitles. And perhaps you should leave the DVD at home if you travel to India where it is apparently banned.


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    Saturday, March 24, 2007  
    Movie: Kinky Boots
    Kinky Boots is about a shoe factory in England whose owner decides that they will make women's boots for men in order to survive. Its about love and choice and what it really means to be a man. A brassy cabaret singer helps design the boots. The boss falls in love with a woman who really wants him and not just his money. The shoe feels real and heartfelt and the comedy is priceless.

    Apparently, the original Kinky Boots factory remain open for business - remember they are a manufacturer of "kinky" products so stop at the cover page.


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    Saturday, February 10, 2007  
    Movie: Shopgirl
    Steve Martin wrote the novel, then the screenplay, the acted in this film. Claire Danes does a great job as the young woman the has to choose between the wealthy older man and the aimless young man. In my mind, Ray Porter (Steve Martin's character) loses out the moment he decides to sleep with a second woman. It doesn't matter if that might have been the rules they decided on. However, I doubt Jeremy deserves much of a second chance either -- even if pop psych has apparently changed him. I think Mirabelle would have been better off hugging her cat.

    The movie was forgetful. The director talks about using the lighting and colors to reflect the four stages the main character goes through. Great art technique but that doesn't mean the story or the message is worthwhile. I'd rather the movie inspire me, not the making-of bonus feature.

    Rotten tomato gives it a 62%. A little bit like Lost in Translation without the quirkiness of Japan to entertain us. Certainly LA is no Tokyo.


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    Sunday, February 04, 2007  
    Movie: Click
    Sometimes, comedians (like Adam Sandler) that get to act and direct a film seem to be more interested in their own entertainment than creating a good or even interesting film. Click made me laugh a few times, but there's nothing in the movie worth the time. Rottentomatoes gives it a 31% and that might be generous.

    If you got a remote control that could stop, rewind, or fast forward through life, how would you use it? There is a great movie somewhere in that concept. This isn't it.


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    Saturday, February 03, 2007  
    Movie: Born into Brothel
    The movie documents a handful of child photographers. The special thing about this group is that they are living in the red light district in Calcutta. Our visit to India was very different from these kids experience but having been to Delhi I think it was even more heart-wrenching to watch these children in their overwhelming and horrible environment.

    The filmmakers attempt to help out the children and apparently are still raising money (kids with cameras) but you can feel the hopelessness. In the 2006 followup on the web, there is at least some positive news to report.


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    Sunday, January 28, 2007  
    Movie: Monster House

    Monster House was one of the Sony movies we got at the end of the year. It is a performance capture -- meaning the actors were captured electronically and then special effects were applied.

    The movie is a lot of fun and kind of scary.


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