luca's house of mirrors

"We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."  (Buddha)

Browsing Archive: June, 2009

The King of Pop Is Dead

Posted by LucaM on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : log entries 


...long live his legacy.

He was the reason I started paying attention in English class - so that I could understand the lyrics of "Man in the Mirror". He taught us a valuable lesson there, and yet, how many of us really stopped to listen ?
He showed us music videos can be stories in themselves.
He changed forever the entertainment world.
He was the first artist to hold a concert in my country, in 1992, and for two hours I sang and I cried and the world was a better place.
And then time passed...
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Watchmen (2009) review

Posted by LucaM on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : movie reviews 
I'm watching the movie and I think 'darn, this guy (Snyder) really has an eye for translating graphic novels onto the screen ! he just makes the drawn panels come to life... ... and then I think better about it and realize I'm somehow disappointed. What he did with 300 and Watchmen was to film the drawings, frame by frame... guess I wanted more than that. guess I wanted a re-telling of the story, not just a translation... But it works. it catches the essence of the comics. Maybe Moore should ...
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Musings of a Sunday driver

Posted by LucaM on Friday, June 19, 2009,
Driving someone else's car - or, in different terms, driving another car than the one I'm used to - can be quite an experience. The difference's in the details. Even with the same type and model of a car. The first thing I notice is the smell. Then the hum of the engine. Different tone. And so on. The buttons and commands are basically the same, but the reactions could be a bit unpredictable. Unexpected. Intriguing.
In a sense, it's like going to bed with a stranger ;)
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Atonement (2007) review

Posted by LucaM on Thursday, June 18, 2009, In : movie reviews 
It's one of the few movies I've postponed watching, over and over again. and there weren't many. Maybe it was because of all the publicity and discussions and articles and all that. Maybe I waited for the dust to settle.  Maybe it's because I've read the novel years ago and wasn't really sure it can be adapted for the screen. Don't know exactly.
Then I tried watching it.  Managed to stay through the whole movie only the third time.
It's a visual experience, I'll give it that. But I have the f...
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log entry 9002

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, In : log entries 
why did God give men the screwdriver ?
and what gives them the impression they know WHEN to use it ?

... don't answer any of that.
please.

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War, Inc (2008) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
hilariously brilliant.or brilliantly hilarious . or something like that.

haven't laughed so good since "Shoot'em Up" ...

it's been fun to try guessing all the references. it's been a joy to see the oh-so-classical-cliché's put to good use.

and what can beat the "I'm your father " line ? nothing, I guess...

and yet...it's not just silly fun. on the contrary.

and to think the humor was lost on some posters / reviewers... guess post-modernist sarcasm isn't everyone's bowl of soup ...

( unfortun...
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The Lake House (2006) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
I've read the reviews on various sites and, frankly, I'm not surprised. I almost saw them coming. "why doesn't she google him ? " "Why don't they send e-mails, pictures, etc" "what's with all this time-travel BS? " and so on and so forth. OK, so this movie is no Oscar material. so what ? it wasn't intended to be in the first place. it's a touching story about loneliness, introversion, search for one's true self, true love, second chances... and the handwritten letters are something that defin...
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Restul e tacere (2007) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
just saw the movie. In a cinema theater. Sunday morning, only four people in the audience, myself included.

I'm blown away.

here, normally, I would have added only another sentence to this post - but the IMDb rules state a post must have a minimum 10 lines.

so I might write that this is not just a movie. It's a tribute to all movie makers, of all times. It's a tribute to all the people passionate enough with an idea to be able to follow it until the very end. A tribute to those few people tha...
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Shoot'Em Up (2007) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
I watch the very first scene and I'm thinking " so it's 'Constantine meets Bugs Bunny' " . And then it gets better. Eleven minutes into the movie, I'm laughing with tears and counting all the references, noting down all the movies spoofed in this one...it's a beautifully funny tongue-in-cheek to the Matrix , Bourne, Bond movies ; it's got Blade Runner, M.I, X-files , Dirty Harry - like hints, North by Northwest -like lines ; Clive Owen's spoofing his own Sin City character...it's all the acti...
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TDTESS (2008) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
Let me start by saying what this movie isn't . It's not the original. Obviously, it couldn't be. But it's an interesting re-telling of it. It's not yet another alien invasion movie. It's not Independence Day. At the end of the day, no-one gets to cheer that we kicked the big bad alien's taillights. Or that we blew up the big bad asteroid which was just minding its business… It's not a movie about aliens. It's a movie about US – and our paranoia. Our fears. Our hysteria.

And it's not a 'gr...
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Street Kings ( 2008) review

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : movie reviews 
transferring here a few of the movie reviews I wrote over the years . 'cause , well... one of my pet theories is that the way one perceives a movie says a lot about that person. in other words, the movie acts like a mirror... in many ways.

too lazy to re-write them, so will just add some later edits. 

so here we go :

first of all, must say that this is a movie that benefits from - and actually needs - a second viewing. at least. maybe even a third. then, in order to fully understand it it hel...
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log entry 9001

Posted by LucaM on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : log entries 
went to the hairdresser's today and came out looking like Ted.
*hisses*
which leaves me with two options : either smash all the mirrors in the house, or go about finding my inner Ted.
*shrugs*
to be continued...

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