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Monday, 5 July 2004
Movie Review 76: Identity
Mood:  down
On a rainy night, ten characters gather at a sleezy hotel. If you're thinking shades of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", you're dead right. Of course, the victims are murdered one at a time. There are some very unusual twists, turns and coincidences, but that's it for the good points of this dark thriller.

The story is senselessly violent and the acting hammy. The plot careens along a path like a car out of control.

The murder mystery in this movie is solvable, but for some stupid reason no one solves it. There's no satisfying ending or conclusion. Hitchcock this ain't. Two stars.
More Reviews Of Identity

Posted by qualteam at 10:32 PM EDT
Sunday, 4 July 2004
My Favourite Brando Movie:The Wild One
Mood:  cool
Brando's "Wild One" set the stage for the anti-establishment movies that were to come later like Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke", Warren Beatty's "Bonnie and Clyde" and Peter Fonda's "Easy Rider".

Most of the World War Two generation was heavily into conformity and blind obedience to authority. The baby boomers changed much of that with their "do your own thing philosophy" which was reflected in the literature and movies of the time.

While many baby boomers ended up as part of the establishment, Brando always remained his own man and tried to look at the film industry without rose-coloured glasses.
Reviews Of The Wild One
Reviews Of Cool Hand Luke
Reviews Of Easy Rider
Reviews Of Bonnie And Clyde

Posted by qualteam at 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 4 July 2004 10:25 PM EDT
Friday, 2 July 2004
I'm A Brando Fan Too
Mood:  sad
I liked Marlon Brando for a number of reasons. He was a fine actor who was didn't have acting pretensions or a big Hollywood ego.

He obviously didn't fit on any "A", "B" or "C" list. He was his own man on his own list.

In the Hollywood world of overhype and PR, Brando was a refreshing eccentric personality who did his best even on inferior material.
Others Talk About Brando

Posted by qualteam at 11:51 PM EDT
Thursday, 1 July 2004
Canada Day Quiz
Mood:  quizzical
How well do you know Canada? Take the test and find out.
1. What was Canada Day previously known as? 2. What is Canada's National anthem? 3. What is Canada's Most Westerly Province? 4. What Canadian Was Nicknamed "The Rocket?" 5. What Canadian city claims to be the only walled city in North America? 6. What is a loonie? 7. Who set out to run across Canada to raise money to fight cancer?(1980)8. What bay is noted for its high tides? 9. What is the name of the schooner on Canada's ten cent coin? 10. Canada has 10 provinces and how many territories?

Answers To The Canda Day Quiz

Posted by qualteam at 3:55 PM EDT
Wednesday, 30 June 2004
Movie Review 75: The Ice Storm
Mood:  down
There's such a great cast in such a bad movie. Unsympathetic characters focus on drug and sex, but not rock and roll in this tepid slice of life film in New England.

Not even Toby Maquire, as the super student philosopher, can save these victims of middle class self-indulgence.

One and a half stars. I liked Maquire's performance.
Reviews Of The Ice Storm

Posted by qualteam at 11:23 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 June 2004 11:25 PM EDT
Tuesday, 29 June 2004
It Was A Tough Election To Sit Through
Mood:  surprised
Real democracy is tougher on the politicians than the voters. The separatists(Bloc Quebecois)won 54 seats.

The Aftermath Of The Canadian Election

Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004 10:14 PM EDT
Monday, 28 June 2004
Election Night In Canada
Mood:  d'oh
Fahrenheit/9/11 is number one at the boxoffice. Iraq has a new government and here in Canada I have a choice between three stooges for Prime Minister: Moe(Paul Martin)Larry(Jack Layton)and Curly(Stephen Harper) What a choice.

Looks like the Liberals will form the first minority Government in Canada in 25 years. Does anyone remember Joe Clark and the Conservative minority in 1979?

Joe Who?
Updated Election Results
Former Prime Minister, Joe Clark

Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 28 June 2004 11:22 PM EDT
Sunday, 27 June 2004
Endless Card Games
Mood:  vegas lucky
There's certain card games that I've played over a trillion times, both in this lifetime and in many other lifetimes.

I know that I don't like losing and deep down inside, I'd like to win "The Championship Of The Universe" in certain games like Euchre.

Have you ever felt the same way? Wouldn't you like to beat all contestants everywhere? What a challenge that would be.

Some of my favourite card games are listed below:

Posted by qualteam at 10:39 PM EDT
Saturday, 26 June 2004
Bashing Is Easy. Debate Is Difficult
Mood:  smelly
It seems easier for one politician to bash another than to engage in an intelligent debate on something.

Elections have a tendency to dumb down issues and fixate on stereotypes concerning political parties or leaders who lean to "the left or right."

If one can make a certain politician look worse than oneself, then the attacker wins because "he looks better by comparision".

Arousing negative emotions and attitudes seem to be the favoured tactic rather than well reasoned and well researched arguments.

The demonizing and generalizing give a bad taste in one's mouth for politicos and political parties. That's why many choose not to vote at all.

Posted by qualteam at 9:47 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 June 2004 11:04 PM EDT
Friday, 25 June 2004
The Passion Of Michael Moore
Mood:  on fire
When a filmmaker is passionate about his subject matter, it certainly communicates well to a passive audience.

Fahrenheit/9/11 certainly creates an emotional reaction negatively or positively with its fans and critics.

I can see this film going to number one at the box office this weekend.

So what, if it's partisan or controversial, this will just assist the documentary in gettting a bigger boxoffice take.

Check out the Nixon documentary "Millhouse" if you get a chance.
Reviews Of Fahrenheit/9/11
Richard Milhouse Nixon

Posted by qualteam at 10:42 PM EDT

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