Yesterday, I went to Oslo, the proud capital of Norway. And it was cold as hell! Not that hell is very cold, but you get my point. If you plan to go anywhere near Oslo, dress like you are preparing for a Polar expedition…
The ordeal of superheroic, singularly dedicated FBI agent Sean Archer is only beginning after finally capturing his archnemesis, Castor Troy, an elusive, maniacal terrorist who claimed the life of Archer’s son. While Troy languishes in a coma, Archer surgically “borrows” Troy’s face in an attempt to gather evidence about Troy’s last bomb – which is currently ticking away in a Los Angeles office building. Trouble ensues when Troy wakes up faceless, borrows Archer’s visage, and makes a mess of Archer’s life; all the while, both men struggle to adapt to their new identities while struggling to blow each other away. Another balletically filmed, thematically complex action smorgasbord from Hong Kong vet Woo. Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing.
Oh, it’s hard to write a movie review three of four weeks after you actually saw the movie, but I’ll give it a go anyway…
After a few tries, I was totally unable to write something entertaining so I’ll give you an excerpt from another review instead:
Al Pacino plays Tony D’Amato, the head coach of the Miami Sharks. The once-great football team is now being managed by the late founder’s daughter: Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz). She wants the team to modernize and emphasize passing, regardless of the venerable coach’s opinion. The starting quarterback, Jack “Cap” Rooney (Dennis Quaid) is injured after losing three straight games. The second-stringer goes down right after him, so Tony sends out the new third-stringer: Willie Beaman (Jamie Foxx).
Beaman couldn’t pull that win, but starts picking up and wins the next few games, keeping the playoff hopes alive and giving Cap a chance to come back for the postseason. Christina loves the seat-of-the-pants style that Beaman has, but Tony is frustrated by his lack of discipline and respect for his coaching. Beaman might not be executing the called plays, but he is winning and filling the stadium with new fans. FilmHead.com
When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it’s at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it’s unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained–the best–and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL’s programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery’s components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.
Clarke wrote this novel while Stanley Kubrick created the film, the two collaborating on both projects. The novel is much more detailed and intimate, and definitely easier to comprehend. Even though history has disproved its “predictions,” it’s still loaded with exciting and awe-inspiring science fiction.