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Hemingway vs. Callaghan (2003)
an honest portrayal of an artist in Canada
When a person you know dies the world seems to go on. That's the way it is. The world always goes on. When you walk in another man's shoes and view his thoughts. It is a different story. What was it like to know Ernest Hemingway. Why do writers of our age pale in comparison. The writers in todays bookstores will never be studied by a university crowd. Contempory writers are designated for the present environment. Not for beyond it's milieu. Seeing Gordan Pinsent walk around see ghosts was overwhelming. Everywhere he looked he saw a ghost. It is incredible how a fertile imagination and contemplation come alive on the screen. We see Hemingway full of life, taking on the world, creating a legend of himself. We see how everything he ever does he writes about and magnifies with his fame. People believe his stories and Hemingway gets caught up. At the end fame abandons him and disposes him like so many it does in this day and age. Would a consumer culture dispose of Shakespeare. Would a legendary tough newspaper editor fire a person like William Shakespeare for literary incompetence. This CBC movie does an honest portrayal of how a writer is treated in Canada. Arts is not valued in Canada. It is typical to see a literary giant to be first disposed by his contemporaries by a degenerate. The dismissal of Ernest Hemingway from the Toronto Star for literary incompetance is the epiphany of the Canadian Arts community. It is great to see an artist in the Canada, but when we see what they go through to make it, you know why they cock a gun to their head. First the arts community send a bad message, then the artist in desperate straights believes them. A very hard time watching the last few minutes of the movie. The movie equivilant is Ed Wood. Artist going up against degenrates. That what this movie ends up being. Raging against the machine.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Austen Powers Gold Member is Toilet Humour
I find something is terribly wrong with modern western civilization when professional athletes are overpaid, lawyers are superman, and terrible hollywood movies are massively promoted. I am sure it costed 50 million dollars to promote this crap. Austin Powers is a great persona. it is easily imitated. Peter Sellers enjoyed the same glory and fame in the Pink Panther Movie Series. I do not have the same effection for Austen Powers as I do for The Pink Panther. The Austen Powers Movie Series should be called Toilet Humour 1,11, 111. It was a ghastly mess from start to finish. Almost embarassing to watch. I thoroughly expect to see these unenlightened, unimaginative wretches to be rewarded by Hollywood with more big contracts. No wonder the UK almost banned Austen Powers 11, The Spy that Shagged Me. A better director and writer is needed to pilot this movie franchise. It is embarassing to even comment on this mess.
Minority Report (2002)
Movie was so unlike Speilberg
Last night I went and saw Minority Report. Usually in Steven Speilberg films, Nazi storm troopers are the villains and are practically stick figures. Minority Report was a relief from Speilbergs tendency to over glamorize WWII. I find it unbelievable that I rank Minority Report equal to Truman Story and the In the Company of Men. Two of which are the greatest flicks out of America in the 1990's. Minority Report reminded me of the Restoration of Touch of Evil and a film noir update of The Fugitive. Minority Report harkens back to Hitchcock and even Tom Sellecks 1980's futuresque flick Run. When Tom Cruise was communicating with his late son via new technology, I saw fabric of Charlten Heston's Omega Man. Seeing technology become ubiquitious and human kind become subservient gives us a peek into Brave New World. If Minority Report was book written 50 years ago, it would rank as a classic. I cringe everytime I see Hollywood promoting a WWII movie. What we need to do now is see more movies where new technology is the avenue for multinationals bringing in a dictatorship. We need to warn this generation that if you forget your past, you repeat it. Literature is a visual. Movies like Minority Report are the visual that will act as an admonishment against complacency and narcism that ensconses the western world. We need more movies like Minority Report to galvanize us and make us aware what politicians and multinationals are doing now. Good job, Steven!