September 24, 2007
Stylised on cheap 70s thrillers, this failed to deliver.
The build up before anything happened lasted almost an hour and
Tarantino still cannot write realistic dialogue. It was a relief when the tedious
wooden characters were wiped out, but then the whole thing was repeated.
This was extremely self indulgent with the director seemingly happy to
script a movie where he gets to hang out with pretty girls and they
say his words. Also, poor Kurt Russell – he puts in a good performance,
but the film is so bad it wasn’t worth it.
This was a surprise – the story doesn’t match the gaudy samurai on the
Fictionalizing the story of John Mung, who helped open Japan up after
it’s period of closure to the world. The combination of historical fact
and exciting thriller fiction is well judged and it avoids becoming too
set in Japanese etiquette or too westernised characterisation.
The ending and kite fight were a little drawn out, and Udo’s heel turn
at the end was a mistake in my opinion as it made him too ruthless, but all in
all, this was a great read.
September 11, 2007
Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean of the family Cymothoidae. This parasite attaches itself at the base of the tongue of the spotted rose snapper, Lutjanus guttatus, with the claws on its front three pairs of legs, and extracts blood. As the parasite grows, less and less blood is able to reach the tongue, and eventually the organ atrophies from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish’s tongue with its own body, by attaching to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue, except that it has to share its food with the parasite.
September 3, 2007
Superman used unconscious super-hypnosis magnified through his spaceship window glasses to convince everyone Clark didn’t look like Superman.