September 21st, 2004



I watched 21 Grams on Saturday morning. I'm sure I can't be the only person who felt a little let down by it, especially in comparison to the previous Amores Perros. If he hadn't made that film, I might have been a little more impressed. The stories, and the narrative technique, are too reminiscent of each other. I don't think that Iñárritu has sold out to Hollywood, but neither can I be the only person wishing that Benicio del Toro had been speaking Spanish and not English. Or indeed that we were back in Mexico, where everything is far less familiar and the balance of life and death... Anyway, I don't want to grumble too much about it. The film's not without merit.

With its themes of loss and revenge, it couldn't help but remind me of Sympathy for Mr Vengeance. I rented that the next day and watched it again. Yup, that's still a corker of a film and 21 Grams cowers next to it. If you wanted to put them in the same room, that is. Chan-wook Park (or should that be Park Chan-Wook?) has his latest, Oldboy, released on 1st October in London. Curzon Soho, I think. You'd be a darn fool to miss it. It won't be an easy ride, and I've gone on about it before, but GO! You can see a (Japanese) trailer here.

This morning I've taken delivery of various ephemeral items we've been clearing out of the family house. I'll be listing all of these in the next few days, with selected photos.

That's it for today. I'm off to the Redlands Palomino album launch tonight.

Oooh, and there's a new Wario game for the GBA out in Japan out on October 14. Just as I've banged on about Park before, let me once more extol to you the wonders of Made in Wario. It looks like this new cart has some sort of motion sensor in it, so you actually have to move the GBA around. That's why it's called mawaru... The coming months should be very entertaining on the Yamanote line.

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...and while we're on the subject of the Yamanote line, this gives you an entertaining take on the nasal announcements beloved of its employees. There's some other Flash (.swf) oddities there as well, it's open at the moment.