:: Tuesday, July 05, 2005
yeah.. so, maybe yer wondering right about now.. "where's Spoz's weekend report? my life is nothing without getting me fix of his weekend antics.. dammit.. why doesn't the slack bastard POST something already.. dammit.. why? WHY!?? WHHHYYYY!!??"
yeah.. alright.. pipe down.. take a seat.. chill the fuck ouut man.. I'm getting there ok.. the spoz has been busy ok.. the spoz has been a little distracted.. the spoz has had more important things to face than all you chattering chimps busting to break down my walls and make me talk.. I'll get here at me own time.. chill maaaan.. chill!
right.. I'm stalling aren't I? well.. no.. guess I've been out've sorts of late.. dunno why.. call it a winter of discontent.. of twitchy anti-hibernation cageyness.. seriously.. wot the FUCK is there to do on weekends when there's absofuckenlutely shitall on?
well.. spoz can show the way..
(note: since, in actual fact I'll just be bullshitting about nothing here - there are NO weekend photo's this time.. so, for all you illiterates.. I apologise for the lack of shiny distractions..)
with nothing else better to do.. and not wanting to stagnate at home.. I took what seems to be a common last ditch excuse of late.. "go see a movie".. yeah, so what DID I go see this time? - "WAR OF THE WORLDS".. yup, that big honking epic Spielberg Film that Tom Cruise was MEANT to be promoting.. but, instead we got months of that freaking KATIE HOLMES / OPRAH SPAZ-OUT / SCIENTOLOGY crap instead.. yeah.. nice one Tom.. lets see if Spielberg lets you anywhere near one of his films again?
so... how wuz it? well.. why dont I give you a shiny review then..
Spoz reviews WAR OF THE WORLDS
the good points:
it's a freaking crazy rollercoaster of a movie.. you'll be at the edge of ya seat and bugging out for most of the film thinking that you're seriously gonna die.. especially if you were stupid enough to drop acid beforehand (and no, I didn't.. nor would i recommend it).. this film very much plays out from a personal viewpoint.. a realistic.. emotional.. and deeply horrorfying viewpoint.. there's none of the usual sci-fi alien invasion movie conventions of following the presidents, the generals, the armies in the field, the tv journalists.. with lots of cuts as they go around the world.. "hey look.. there's a ufo crashed into the Sydney Opera House".. or "lets see Will Smith kick an alien's butt".. no.. there's none of that silliness.. this movie is gritty.. and quite often shares scenic parallels with Spielberg's darker movies like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and SCHINDLERS LIST.. the real enemy in this movie isn't just the aliens cutting a swath of destruction.. but also the people.. masses and masses of people.. scrambling over each other like rats from a sinking ship.. there's none of the usual cheesy heartwarming.. "it's US the people vs the ALIEN SCUM".. it's more.. "everyone for themselves.. we're all gonna die".. and I found this stark realism refreshing.. it really doesn't pull any punches.. the special effects are brilliant.. and immediately visceral.. we only see what the main characters.. we only know what they know.. we're just along for the ride.. we experience the invasion 1st hand.. and the acting's top notch.. in at least.. it's very convincing when you see the terror in people's eyes.. and hey, Tom Cruise doesn't annoy the living fuck out've you when you watch it.. you actually forget it's him in this movie.. so.. nice work Spielberg.. you actually made me remeber he is an actor..
if you haven't read the famous book by H.G. Wells.. then, you're gonna be disappointed and somewhat confused about the ending.. you're gonna be wondering.. "WTF!?? that's such a freaking letdown.. wot a fucking cop-out.. hare DARE they end a film like that!??" yeah, not to spoil the ending.. but.. just be prepared.. it's gonna seem a bit odd.. (and yet, in hindsight.. it's set up throughout the entire movie anywaze.. if you look for the signs..). I also felt that the movie seemed too contracted.. there's nothing BUT a short introduction.. then 3 characters running for their lives.. then.. end of film.. sure, it's nice to be direct to the point.. but, the whole thing feels a little too lean.. there's no explanation in this film.. aliens come.. aliens kill.. and we're none the wiser abouy any of it.. nice for realism.. but leaves me hollow when I want more..
despite it being an "ALIEN INVASION" movie.. it's just about a freaking family's journey with a slightly annoying happy ending.. there's no real telling moment to any of this.. we learn nothing.. we just witness a simple character arc.. "Father doesn't give a shit about his family - to - Father will die to save his family".. after all the fireworks you leave the cinema with an empty feeling..
so.. you may wonder.. WHY go see this??
easy.. it's worth the crazy rollercoaster ride alone.. just to see humanity get it's arse handed to it on a plate by an invading alien army.. to see shit get blown the fuck up.. to see it all go to hell in a handbasket.. to actually believe at the time.. "oh crud.. this could actually happen to us".. to suspend reality and to be sucked into the story.. right to the end.. yeah.. that's worth it.. and in the end, in it's own metaphoric way.. it IS an interesting statement on both 9/11 and the war in IRAQ.. the message perhaps? life is fleeting.. it all could be gone in an instant.. so keep those you hold dear close.. yeah.. it's a movie to bring people together n shit.. "awwww da homical aliens make me wanna give yooo a hug!".. yeah.. um.. go figure..
after the movie.. I wandered over to the CRANKA, since I heard rumours that people were most likely there.. upon arriving.. I witnessed a fight in full swing outside the side entrance.. apparently involving 2 ex-cons, a bunch of bouncers, a whole bunch of hangers on, some cops.. and a spiderwebbed shattered side-door into the venue.. and despite how deadly that sounds.. it wuz damn fun to watch... aaaah gotta love the Cranka for totally random beer fueled violence..
walking in.. I bumped into a bunch of miscellaneous freaks I knew watching the last gig by CLOSE CALL (um.. I dunno.. wot'ever), not thinking I wuz gonna stick around for long.. till somehow I found myself getting blind drunk with the freaks from the band MUNCHKIN.. only to stagger home at 4AM.. yeah.. totally random.. but a lot of stupid fun..
took the long distance gibbering bus oddessy to Stuckey's (in Happy Valley.. yay 2 hour bustrip) for his 2nd kid's 1st birthday party.. and yeah.. just about wot you'd expect.. a whole shitload of fingerfood (really good finger food I might add) a birthday cake consisting of 99% pure sugar, and a birthday girl who had NO freaking clue what the HELL was going on.. oh, and we ended up getting drunk in Stuckey's shed afterwards.. coz apparently thats what you do at these things.. and yeah.. as these things go.. it wuz all good.. drank a few beers.. got real pissy.. talked a LOT of shit.. and.. that wuz about it..
so.. there ya go.. that wuz my weekend..
:: Spoz 11:54 PM |