Bowling for Columbine – the facts

If you haven’t seen Bowling for Columbine then stop reading this now, and go and watch it. It’s a fantastic film, directed by Michael Moore, that discusses the Columbine Massacre, how American socienty is based on fear, the NRA and the resulting US’ crazy gun laws. It touches on America’s focus on terrorism, including interviews with the Unabomber‘s family.

Of late, it’s received some criticism, with “experts” claiming that the film is based on fiction rather than fact. Here’s what Michael has to say about these claims.

Star Wars: Episode III

Start the countdown: we have 365 days until Star Wars’ third installment is released to the world.

In all honesty though, who is really happy about this? I mean, sure, the movie will come out, and I’ll go see it at midnight… but I know I won’t be happy. It will suck, maby less than The Clone Wars, and definately less than Jar-Jar’s erotic escapades, but it will still suck.

Why is that? Am I just pesimistic, or does eveyone else have low expectations for this film?

I’d rather be in back in April ’99, with high expectation and no disapointment.

Edit: 21/05/2004 – 11:51AM
It looks like I’m not the only one who thinks this…

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Last night we saw this 1975 classic. Absolutely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Fitzy had already seen it, but it was new to Steve and me.

Jack Nicholson plays a looney, transferred from prison to the mental ward of a psychiatric hospital, where he plays up with the other inmates/patients. The contrast between the patients before his arrival, and the impact he makes on them is evident. It really has you thinking who the mad ones are.

There’s a stack of well known actors, including Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd, who are all wonderful to watch. For Christopher Lloyd, it’s like watching a young Doc from the Back to the Future trilogy.

The ending was really sad. What’s sadder is my “hey, this is on the Simpson’s” recollection. Pop culture hey…

The film won five Academy Awards, and it’s clear why. Check it out if you still haven’t seen it, or have another look if you have.

Out of the Blue

I hired some weekly DVDs last Wednesday (they’re a few days late, I should take them back) and one of them was “Out of the Blue“. It discusses UFOs and the recent splurge in information being released from credible sources, like astronauts, professors and military personell.

My theory is (and for a second suspend any disbelief you might have) that these people that were around in the 1940s and 50s, when most of the “cover-ups” (like the famous Roswell Crash) were taking place, are 80-90 years old now. They probably see that they don’t have many years left before their secrets die with them. It would explain why many of these respected people are coming forwards now, with disrespect for their classification oaths.

Case in point: J. Allen Hynek, who in the 1950-60s was responsible for working on the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book as the chief astrological consultant. His role was to maintain the public’s lack of belief and excitement in UFO phenomenon. Every case he was presented with he explained as either a weather balloon, swamp gas, mass hallucination (I like this the best) or misinterpretation of known technologies, like helicopters or airplanes. Several years ago he announced that he was responsible for “covering up” the USAF’s findings, and he founded the Center for UFO Studies.

And there’s a stack of old Army, Airforce, Navy and Intelligence dudes that want to come forward and tell what they know. These aren’t your average crackpot types either, we’re talking ex-big guns, from the US, the UK, Russia and France.

It really got me wondering, how many people will read this article and think “Matt’s gone crazy” or laugh at it? How many pople laughed at my theology speil a while back in comparrison? I’d suggest there’s more evidence to back the existence of UFOs over a God. I think it’s interesting that if you believe in “little green men” your a crackpot, but believing in a God is considered normal.

Maybe it’s one and the same?

Either way, I really liked the documentary, and would recommend it for others that are interested too. It had footage from the 1990s, right up until 2001, which was cool. All the stuff in the 40s and 50s don’t seem to be as relevent, maybe because they’re not in colour? :)

My favourite was the discussion about the “Pheonix Lights” which occured in January 1998. It was reported by over 800 people, yet the authorities never investigated it (officially), or never relased any findings. I remember Channel 7 showing footage of this in the nightly news.

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“Pheonix Lights”
January 14, 1998.

Fitzy and I are ready to boogy-down with the Martian Men when they come and check out our wicked place. Maybe they’ll drop in on the 17th for a dance, and to show us how they spin the decks on their planet?

What does everyone else think?

Cool flicks

I’ve seen a few good movies lately with Maggie, so I thought I’d recommend them to the readers of my site (yes, both of you).

The first one I saw on Saturday night was called “All the President’s Men” and it details the story of Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), the two reporters at The Washington Post that won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the Watergate scandal that rock the Nixon administration in 1973-74. A top movie; a real classic, that managed to keep you suspended the entire time, even though you’re well aware of the ending. I quite like political thriller/suspense movies, so this was spot on.

The other film I saw was at the Luna Cinemas in Leederville last night with Maggie and was called “Shattered Glass.” It’s about Stephen Glass (played by Hayden Christensen) who was a reporter at highly-respected New York magazine, The New Republic. The funny thing was, of the 41 articles he wrote there, 27 were either partially or completely fabricated :) It’s a great story, and really shows that Hayden Christensen is capable of more than he showed in Episode II.

I really liked this movie, and it made me think about tech-journalism as a possible career (in the future, when The Frontier Group is making all the serious money, and I can kick back and do nothing). It would mean I could do all the nerd-things I really like, like going to conferences and reading about new trends in technology.