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If you are buying a new car… 6 July 09

Posted by Fantastic Four in Life, Movies.

Eveytime there is something significant happening in my life, which occupies a lot of time and space in my mind more than other events and issues, I find that all I see around me is that same something or similar somethings. Let me explain, when we were buying a car, all I could see was cars, there were so many of the ones we wanted to buy. When we wanted to rent a place, suddenly there were so many “For Lease” signs all over the place.

Last night we were watching TV, then put a DVD on. On TV every channel we tuned into had something to do with either pregnancy, or parenthood, or miscarriage. It was surreal. Niall pointed that out before I could and said “Wow, bebek – that’s what he calls me – will this be the theme of the month you think?” We shared a sad little giggle, snuggled upto each other closer and kept munching on pistachios, sunflower seeds and sipped cold ginger ale.

Earlier we were at the video shop and rented a couple of movies, one of which was Marley and Me. I just wanted something a bit of light fun, no depth. Started ok, a silly dog making the main characters run around. But then, she is pregnant. Yay for them. Then she goes to ultrasound, and they found out it wasn’t going to happen. At this point, we look at each other and wonder what happened to the comedy we were after. Movie goes on, they have 3 kids, they have stress, disappointments, arguments, ok so it’s a romantic-comedy-drama-real life is like this kinda plot.

At the end Marley the dog gets old, has ailings and has to be put down. Well, that was the last drop, literally we sat down there and cried while watching this movie, with actors in it, both aware it’s only a movie. And we were sure no animals were harmed during the shooting of this film.

I wish we were just buying a new car…


Movie #2 ~ Nothing 2 November 08

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Nothing (2003)


I borrowed it from the library. I can’t believe it is a 2003 movie and I haven’t seen it till today.

Nothing is a Canadian movie directed by Vincenzo Natali, starring David Hewlett and Andrew Miller. Director Natali also directed Cube (1997) which is another favourite of mine. Hewlett and Miller were in Cube. Cube 2: Hypercube and Cube Zero followed Cube but were directed by others.

Story is co-written by Natali, Hewlett and Miller.

Basically it is the story of two friends. Dave who is a bit of a victim at his workplace where he gets bullied and made fun of. Andrew is too scared to leave home, timid and shy and well, weird. Dave lives with Andrew, rent-free. Things take a turn from bad to worse and suddenly they find the rest of the world surrounding their house has gone POOF! In its place there is emptiness, stretching into infinity, a vast bouncy white desert.

Soon they figure out how it all happened, what they are capable of doing and how.

Here is a trailer for Nothing, narrated by the typical deep American movie voice, which I think is a bit of fun.

Verdict: Shall be added to the DVD collection.

Movies #1 ~ Saw V 29 October 08

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Saw it yesterday.

◊ No moral lessons, divine justice, etc. Who is good, who is evil, lines are blurred. This is a credit to the movie. Not bound by cliches.
◊ Ties up all the loose ends from the other four instalments. Everything, minus the meaning of life, is revealed.
◊ Cringe factor: 11 out of 10. I have never cringed so much, so often in a movie, ever. My cringe factor is calculated by the ratio of the number of times I had to hide behind Niall’s shoulder to the total number of scenes.
◊ Suspense all the way through.
◊ Twisted Pictures: An apt name for the people who write, direct, produce the stuff. It is so twisted, I worry about the mental well-being of those who can imagine this kind of human suffering.

Verdict: Shall be added to DVD collection.