Daily Archives: March 15, 2010

Little Richard and Tom Jones

Why is YouTube great? Because you can find Little Richard & Tom Jones rippin’ up Rip it up here:

And if that isn’t great enough, here they are doing Good Golly Miss Molly

Little Richard is working!!!


Location Based Services like Foursquare are hot

And in this article, Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not) in the NYTimes.com, you can get a good introduction to what they are and who the major players are. You should expect to see alot of development in this area: here’s your chance, if you are not already familiar with them, to get an idea what the fuss is all about.

Charles Moore – the great photographer you may not know that you know

If you have seen photos of the civil rights battles in the U.S. in the 1960s, then you likely know the photographs of Charles Moore. The Lens Blog at the NYTimes.com has a write up of him and some of his photos, but what you really want to do is go here. At that site you will see many of the powerful photographs that he took of that era. That site is called Powerful Days, but it could equally be called Powerful Photographs.

Recognize this?

This is just one of Moore’s photos. You want to see the rest.


2 or 3 things I thought while watching “The Green Zone”

I thought “The Green Zone” was terrifically enjoyable. So I am somewhat surprised to see it getting mixed reviews and doing poorly at the box office. It does try to be a political thriller, but if you go for the politics, you will be disappointed. If you go for the thrills, you are in for a treat.

It doesn’t help that the director, Paul Greengrass, directed both the Bourne films as well as “United 93”. It is much closer to the Bourne films, and everything from the use of Matt Damon to, well, this trailer, YouTube – ‘Green Zone’ Trailer, reinforces that. If you liked the Bourne films, or action/adventure films generally, then see the film. If you want the story of the early days of the Iraq war, then you likely want something else.

It’s interesting that a few reviews and commentary referred to The Hurt Locker as being a more realistic portrayal than this. I’ve read at a number of sites that The Hurt Locker isn’t very realistic either. What The Hurt Locker does do well, though, is portray the situation in Iraq using almost a documentary approach to filmmaking. Plus The Hurt Locker removals all the politics from the war. Green Zone, on the other hand, is filmed with more of an action film approach to moving making, and it is very political. Perhaps that’s why it comes across as less realistic. I believe neither film is realistic, but both of them are entertaining and worth seeing.

In Green Zone the press, Special Forces and the government are the antagonists, while the CIA and the military are the protagonists. I thought that was interesting.

Anyway, here’s the trailer for Green Zone.

Before there was “Avatar”, there was “Aliens”

A.O. Scott from the NYTimes.com has a great review of ‘Aliens’ and what makes it great. I think it is a great film in itself, and if you loved “Avatar”, you should watch or rewatch ‘Aliens’ to see how the two play off of each other. For that matter, watching this clip, I was reminded how much the cinematography reminded me of “Blade Runner”. That in itself is interesting, since the director of that film, Ridley Scott,  also directed the first “Alien”.

In this part of the world it is going to be cool and rainy these next few weeks. Perfect weather to watch all three of those films!