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Movie Review: King Kong

King Kong is going to bomb hard. It’s a well thought-out, well-acted, moderately paced drama that happens to end up being a totally plausible love story between a 25-foot-tall gorilla and the hot girl from The Ring. Thus, the biplane-smashing antics of the title character will manage to alienate the 40-year-old spinsters who would be attracted by a Depression-era love story and the (admittedly overlong) dramatic buildups will bore the 12-year-old boys and Comic Book Guy-esque 20-year-old males (i.e. us) upon whom Hollywood rests its financial chips when it puts out an action film. In short, King Kong is the new Ishtar.

But don’t think for a second that I didn’t love it.

I can go on forever about the things that just clicked for me: the lavish CG recreation of 1930s New York, the riveting action scenes that wallpaper the final two acts of the film, the multi-tiered character that Jack Black enthusiastically (and quite competently) portrays. There are a handful of action set pieces that are among the best I’ve ever seen in an action movie. And although the film makes liberal use of CG, its implementation is so deft that you’ll never notice.

There are some legitimate criticisms to make, foremost of them the fact that the first act lasts for nearly an hour. Peter Jackson sets the stage for his characters slowly and confidently. I personally thought that the high level of character development was refreshing for a movie of this genre, but I can understand that not everyone will agree. Even I would have cut twenty minutes out of it and brought Kong into the picture a little sooner.

There’s also a couple of secondary storylines that get very short thrift and no real resolution. One can imagine that (much in the style of his Lord of the Rings films) Jackson has shot a six-hour movie and has had to leave much of his film on the cutting room floor. We’ll know when the DVD comes out.

The other criticism is a nitpick to be sure: perhaps in order to parry what some have called the “inherent racism of King Kong‘s premise”, Jackson’s cast is absurdly diverse. The crew of the ship that carries the protagonists to Skull Island comes in every shape and color, including a Chinese man, a Maori (?!) and an African-American first mate. Keeping in mind that this is a period piece set in 1930, the ethnic diversity requires almost as much suspension of disbelief as the giant monsters who appear later.

All in all though, I can’t more highly recommend this film guys. Fernando seal of approval.

21 December, 2005 11:32 PM Posted by | Movie reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment

I’m gonna be rich!

Hey guys, I just got some very exciting news via the miracle of the “interweb”(All praise be to Al)-
I’m going to be a very wealthy man. Earlier today, I received an email from one Martin Adams. The full ext of the email follows:
“My name is Martin Adams I trained and work as an external auditor for the EFG Private Bank Limited, Jersey, Channel Islands, working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire Channel Islands, United Kingdom.

On my routine audit check last year, I discovered some investment accounts that had been dormant for at least 9 years. All the accounts belong to a single one account holder with monies totaling a little above £4,689,670 four million six hundred and eighty thousand six hundred and seventy British Pounds sterling’s.

Now banking regulation/legislation here demand that I do notify the fiscal authorities after a statutory time span of 8 years when dormant accounts of this type are called in by the Jersey monetary regulatory bodies.

The above set of facts underscores my reason for writing and proposing to you. My investigation of the said account reveals that the investor, a Briton had died in 1995 the exact time the account was last operated. I can confirm with certainty that the said investor died interstate and no next of kin to his estate has been found or has come forward all these years.

I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for ourselves instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Channel Islands. This is especially possible as you bear the same LAST NAME with the said investor. This exactly is why I crave your participation and co-operation. I have in my custody all relevant documents (legal and Banking) that will facilitate your claims as the beneficiary of the funds.

If this offer is okay by you, we can put minds together and workout the modalities and our mutual benefits. I shall however leave out the final details of this transaction till I receive an affirmation of your desire to participate. Be rest assured that I am in control of the situation and as such, there would be no risk whatsoever if you elect to come on board. Needless to say, UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY is of vital importance if we are to successfully reap the immense benefits of this transaction.

Please send your response and contact details Eg. Full names, Direct telephone and fax numbers to my private and more confidential e-mails; OR which I have created for this purpose only.

I do expect your prompt response.

Martin Adams

As you can well imagine, I was thrilled. This is by far the most legitimate business opportunity I have ever been told about. More later.

21 December, 2005 2:03 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment