All entries for Monday 16 August 2004

August 16, 2004

Calvin and Hobbes

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4 out of 5 stars

This book appeared on my desk myteriously after I commented on one of Steve's entries reviewing another C&H book, mentioning that I'd never read any. He was clearly horrified and hinted that I should really start reading asap.

And I'm glad I did. Calvin and Hobbes is a great comic. I love the adult in a childs body type perspective on the real adult world. You really can just imagine kids thinking some of this stuff. Bill Watterson has a great imagination, giving life to Hobbes the most laid back and curious Tiger you ever did see.

John said to me that you can probably appreciate it more once you have kids, and I guess he is probably right, but still…very good.


Bathroom update

Writing about web page http://www.jaypinkerton.com/blog/archives/000867.html

Dual purpose entry this one. First, make sure you are not eating, then visit the above link to Jay Pinkerton's blog. Jay has written a hilarious account of the horrific event of running out of toilet paper :)

Other reason for this is to account for my bathroom renovation progress. Sadly I've still not finished :(
A terrible conspiracy of late nights and long lie in's has meant some rather poor progress. It really does take a long long long time to finish off :(
Anyway, just the floor left to go and one window.


Donnie Darko

Writing about web page http://www.donniedarko.com

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Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

I think this is either a love it or hate it kind of movie. If you're into the strange and bizarre, not really quite knowing what is going on or where this is going kind of experience…this is for you.

Donnie is a disturbed young man, who sleep walks his way in and out of a bizarre world, lead by a giant bunny rabbit. Sounds strange? It is.

Donnie is played brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal, and a strong, but largely unknown supporting cast do a great job.

Right at the start, you know something is going to happen and we are given a countdown to the finale, but we just don't know what is going to happen when we get there. The sense of tension as we move forward is great, gradually more and more is hinted at and given away as you start guessing what on earth is going on.

Even at the end though, as no doubt people have told you already, you are not entirely sure what happened anyway. A quick trip to www.donniedarko.com will reveal a few more secrets, but a second watch is a must I think (I shall be doing so in the next couple of days).

I can't finish this review without mentioning the music. Superb stuff, the great selection of 80's tracks really fits the movie well, especially the Xmas number 1, "Mad World", it just fits beautifully.

Watch it! (But only if you like weird)


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