Thursday, December 29, 2005

The 1970s

We've (as in Dan, Stef and myself) taken to renting movies from the 1970s lately. With Fred still in Shanghai, Xbox tennis has taken a definite backseat. Gaming with a non-human just isn't the same.

Anyway, as I was saying, we've been watching quite a couple of movies from the 1970s lately. It all began with
Tora! Tora! Tora!, as I had mentioned previously. Actually, on that same weekend, we caught Midway and Kagemusha as well. The former was quite a disappointment with a few scenes literally ripped off from Tora! Tora! Tora!. It also had a silly love subplot woven into the main story, not unlike that of the silly Pearl Harbour. The latter movie, to use Dan's words, felt a little like a musical. The setting is grandiose and the pace slow. Which was why we unanimously picked Tora! Tora! Tora! as the best of the lot.

A couple of weeks later, when
Stef was back from Perth, we rented Dog Day Afternoon. Now this one, all of us enjoyed immensely. Quirky but funny in its own way (black humour).

More recently, we watched
Taxi Driver, widely tipped as a Hollywood classic. Well, I found it good, but not as fantastic as hyped. Dan didn't like it though; He found it too slow for his liking.

On Christmas day, we caught Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. It's not a movie from the 70s (1989 in fact), but it was an excellent enough movie for me to give it an honourable mention. Stef 看了后哭得稀里嘩啦的 whilst Dan declared it the best of the 5 DVDs we had borrowed to see us through the Christmas weekend.

You would have gathered by now that Dan prefers those fast-paced and 大場面 kind of movie. Stef, on the other hand, likes those lovey-dovey lomantic type or comedies. She shuns anything with a little violence or sex in it. As for me, I watch all kinds, as long as they engage me.

We have a couple more movies on our to-rent list, some of which are also from the 70s. I reckon we won't be watching them until late February though. They'll be flying back to Shanghai soon for their Chinese New Year break.

January and February are going to feel like dog days indeed.

92 days to go.


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