Thursday, June 09, 2005

War movies

Quote of the Day: “I hope you weren't hit by a bus... because you're a nice person…” ~Stellar. (No kidding! He said that!)

Song of the Day: “Clocks” by Coldplay

State of Mind: cautiously optimistic

Date: 6/9/05

I had to go to the dentist today. One of my wisdom teeth are coming in. Does that mean I am becoming wise? Because I don’t feel any smarter.

I saw the movie Windtalkers over this past weekend. I’m not much one for war movies, meaning I won’t seek them out like I do Sci Fi or Action flicks, but I will watch them if they are on. The only reason I saw Saving Private Ryan was because a friend of mine rented it while I was at her house. Naturally, she fell asleep halfway through, but I was rivited the whole time and all I kept thinking was: how could we ever ask anyone to do that?!
I did see The Thin Red Line the same week and I liked that movie better. Well.. not better, but I guess I appreciated that it was able to demonstrate that it’s possible to be surrounded by beauty and still be in hell.
Anyhow, back to Windtalkers. This movie was based on the true story that the Marines used Navajo Indians as code talkers durring WWII; which was cool that the story was finally being told. Too bad the movie wasn’t actually about them though. It was more about Nicolas Cage as a wounded soldier sent back into action with orders to kill his Navajo if it looked like they were going to be captured. Nice. This movie felt more like a video game then anything else, and it was choc full of the war movie cliches. I actually rolled my eyes during the mandatory, “Do me a favor and tell my wife…” scene. I don’t think you’re supposed to snort in derirsion when a character is dealing with his own mortality. It was alright, but I think it missed a great opportunity to tell an important story. Oh well.

We have a new person at work that I have to train, as well as a new accountant, (that I am sure everyone is hoping isn’t a check bouncing, story telling thief like our last one.) So, I might not have as much time to update this blog as I did before until the new girl is more compfortable with her job. Fingers crossed she isn’t an idiot!

Nearly forgot! Angel quote of the Day: Buffy: "You're human for like a minute and already there's cookie dough fudge mint chip in your fridge."

16 comments:

John said...

Nicholas Cage was such a dick in that movie. Usually, when the main character is a dick at the beginning of a movie, something happens along the way that makes them change and shows character development. But Cage was dick when the movie started and stayed that way for the whole movie. Even in his death scene he was a dick.

NYPinTA said...

So, let me get this straight... you thought Nicolas Cage's charater was a dick. Right?

John said...

The dickiest.

trinamick said...

Well, now I don't have to watch that movie. Sounded like a porno anyway.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition had Navajo codetalkers on the show a couple weeks ago. They're all really old now, but they were kinda hot back then.

Stellar said...

Yes we used them both their linguistical skill and their hotness. In case the enemy ever captured them (and Nick "The Dick" Cage wasn't around to kill them) then their hotness would be their only natural defense. Their captures would question their own sexuality and the flee allowing the Indians to escape to translate another day.

Anyway that's what it said on Wikipedia.

trinamick said...

The Internet sure makes history more interesting.

Henry said...

Interesting choice of "dickiest"
to describe Cages character.
I always, always think hes a dick. In fact when I see him on tv promoting one his new horrid movies I imitate sam kinison in my head and say, "What a dick."

John said...

I like Cage in most movies (Matchstick Men is great), but that character in Windtalkers was just a complete jerk to everyone. I'm glad he died.

But no one can die like Christian Slater. Windtalkers is just one of the ever-growing list of movies in which he's kicked it: 3000 Miles to Graceland, Very Bad Things, Mindhunters...does he ever make it to the end of a movie?

NYPinTA said...

Huh. Kinda like Sean Bean. He never makes it to the end either.
LOTR, Equilibrium, Goldeneye...

Stellar said...

Like Natalie Wood in Brainstorm. What? Too soon?

Incidentally, Christian Slater was in True Romance with Christopher Walken who, with Robert Wagner, killed Natalie Wood. So thats pretty cool, eh?

LucyDDCF said...

Christian Slater (the pervert) has a movie that is going to be in theaters on Jan 28, to bad the name of it was long and sounded dull, nearly fell asleep at the preview.

Nick the Dick, how orginal.

Stellar said...

I got it from a Tom Hanks picture. I think it was Splash. Or maybe Philadelphia; I keep getting those two mixed up - which one has a donkey in it?

Spirit Of Owl said...

Anything with Tom Hanks in it has a donkey in it.

And Nic Cage used to be among my favourite actors, but man he's done some crap lately. National Treasure was the dog's pants.

NYPinTA said...

Sean Bean was in that too. Did he make it to the end of that one? Or did he die again?

Spirit Of Owl said...

He makes it to the end alive, but he gets life imprisonment.

NYPinTA said...

Hmm. Not much of a step up.