Movies this weekend

The rugby

Saturday started out bright and early. I went through to Chris’s house, as he has M-Net. Watched the rugby. Enjoyed the rugby. Okay, we lost, but damn… We played well. So did New Zealand. Oh well… As much as it pains me, I guess I’ll be supporting Australia this coming weekend.

Flight of the Phoenix

After the rugby, drowned our sorrows. Well, actually we didn’t. It was still morning. Morning is a bad time of the day to drown sorrows. Instead, we watched a movie – Flight of the Phoenix.


I found this a very wierd movie. It was okay, but I can see why Chris fell asleep watching it the night before. I really couldn’t place some of the characters. Whilst Elliot was a key character, I thought that his outlook on life was rather unrealistic. Especially when you find out what his actual job is. They also didn’t really show how tough it would be stranded in a desert. I’m really glad I didn’t pay to see this on the big screen.

The Island

When I got home after the rugby and the Flight of the Phoenix, I got a call from Colette. As I was a bit dissapointed about the previous movie, we decided to go to movies to watch The Island.


The Island was remarkably better than the previous movie. At least the characters convinced me of their plight. The movie overall looked at some interesting ethical issues with regards cloning etc… We as a society really do need to look at these things, and movies like this, whilst sensationalising certain issues, definitely do bring certain aspects to light. I enjoyed this movie. Whilst mindless to an extent, it was done well, and brought to light another perspective of cloning ethics.


In the evening, we watched another movie, Collateral.


I have seen this movie before, however it was on a plane. Kinda knew the story line. Ended up falling asleep during it tho. Maybe I watched too many movies in the day. All I remember about it is that I needed to wake up and start the movie again, because the rental DVD was scratched :(.

Phew…. It was a heavy day as far as TV/Movies go. Man, life is tough. In amongst all of this, I did manage to do some work on an OSS project I’m starting tho. The project is a bit of a 53(r37. More about that later when it’s ready to be talked about :).



On Tuesday, I watched Cursed. We were meant to go and see The Island, but alas, it was sold out.


Well, as far as horror movies go, any movies that try to take themselves seriously either have to be done really good, be original and have a decent story line. This movie doesn’t even get one of those right. Well, maybe that’s because it is not trying to take itself seriously.

This movie is a movie about what Wes Craven does best, horror. It really worked, because it started out as though it was taking itself seriously, but about half an hour or so in (a bit too long IMHO), it became clear that it was a spoof.

Used all the classic horror devices, and was coupled with some really awesome one-liners. As a movie that half an hour in, I was seriously contemplating walking out of, it recovered and recovered spectacularly. I came out feeling entertained.

Or, maybe that was because I didn’t really feel like going back up to campus and burning the late night oil…



Watched the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy yesterday for the second time. (The first time was in Aus, exactly two months ago).


I thought it was great, even the second time around. I must say, my favourite part of the movie has definitely gotta be the one with Arthur and Slartibartfast in the workshop :).

I also really liked the British flavour that the film had. It’s really refreshing, and a nice break from the usual Hollywood crap.

Oh, and I really think that Zooey Deschanel is nice. BTW, what kind of name is that?



I saw the South African production of Chicago this evening with Liza. It was fantastic. I was impressed with the dancing, singing and music. My only criticism, which I agree with Liza, is that it had a high sleaze factor, as far as some of the costumes and dancing went. But, hey… Sex sells!!


Not sure if I prefer the theatrical version to the movie one, but I think it would have swung it towards the theatrical version if we were sitting closer to the stage, as from our seats, we couldn’t really see the performer’s facial expressions.