So, that drive died. The clicking drive, that is. It turned out to be one of the RAID'ed drives. Goodbye, RAID, which I didn't really need anyway. The dead drive gets trashed, the remaining ex-RAID drive gets made slave/1 on the first ATA channel and turned into my backup drive. The drive lasted a little over four years. Proof that drives die, and backing up is next to godliness.
Onward with the ancient movie micro-reviews. May contain spoilers.
Minority Report: I agree with the consensus, this is a pretty good movie. Nice sfx, good pace, interesting characters, interesting and believable worldbuilding. Didn't believe the end, and whodunnit, but the bulk of the movie was good. It didn't address the major moral quandary set up by the ending, though: if murder in DC had been eliminated by Precrime, what happens when Precrime is shut down? Murder goes back to its normal appallingly high (this is DC, remember) rate? I'm glad the precogs are happy, but the price is huge. What's worse, the precogs enslaved and some false-positive murder fingers, or a murder a day in DC? The question is troubling, and the movie tippy-toes around it on little weasel feet. Is it even possible to walk away from Omelas?
House of Flying Daggers: Gorgeous cinematography, adequate acting, but the plot is a creaky skeleton on which to hang shiny baubles of CG-infested martial arts sequences. I don't believe the martial arts, I don't care about the plot, and I don't care what happens to the characters. Couldn't finish the movie, sent it back.
The Incredibles: Entertaining, funny, no complaints. Pixar does it again. Who would have thought you could combine Cheever/Updike suburban angst with superhero tropes? Yet, it all works.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I watched this movie, and I hardly remember any of it. Maybe that was due to my watching it during the the time I was converting my circadian rhythms over to normal so that I could function at WotF; that week is a bit hazy. But I watched The Incredibles during the same time, and I remember it well. HPatCoS is competently done and completely forgettable.
Porco Rosso: I bought this a while ago, when it was first released in the US, but hadn't watched it. Wow. Wonderful movie. Basically an adventure romp, and fairly unthreatening: it never feels as if the hero is any real danger, even when he's dodging bullets. Backgrounds/sets are glorious: ethereal pastel Mediterranean seascapes and airscapes, detailed littoral towns and chateaux, and mech-lovin' Miyazaki's imaginative boats and airplanes. A movie built around seaplane pirates and heroes? No, I don't believe a word of it, but it's all fun. I've read often of how much time and film the Ghibli crew spent to capture the northern European settings of Kiki, but clearly they spent at least as much time in the Med grokking up the atmosphere that would go into Porco Rosso.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: I had never seen this one, although I saw the first two Indiana Jones films when they were in theaters. It was... okay. Interesting to see a film in which all the effects weren't CG. Instead, the effects were matte paintings. Sean Connery as Dad didn't work for me. The character just never came together coherently. Was he supposed to be the pleasantly dotty old man who has to be rescued all the time—the male equivalent of the dizzy blonde—or a sharp and canny oldster who isn't as fast as he used to be, but still is one step ahead of the young whippersnappers? The script never seemed to be able to decide. And what was Marcus Brody doing in the cast? The character never did anything important, and duplicated Connery's character in most ways. And I wish Elsa had had a moral epiphany at the end. She was clearly trending in that direction, why not just *do* it? Why, why, why. Not a bad movie, but unfortunately clunky in ways.
That's it for now. More movies in a month or so.
洪水 == kouzui == (noun) flood
|Left radical is 'water'. Right radical is 'together' (共), which acts phonetically to express 'big'. 'Big water' is a flood. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Waters come together in vast flood.'|