Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    If I wanted to analyse movies, I'd go and study film and media at university.

    It ain't absolutely necessary but it can help. Can you not conceive of watching film in a number of guises, which can overlap each other ie to be immersed in the beauty of images but also disappointed by the unfolding story and silly dialogue? Personally, I find it a much richer experience when I go to the film with a mix of expectations--as a fan, as someone whose business it is to understand and teach about film, to be moved emotionally (and maybe even cry in the dark occasionally)--a whole bunch of intellectual and emotional responses, which amount to more than being 'entertained'?

    Some of my favourite films, which do all these things, include Some Like It Hot, Dersu Uzala, Illustrious Energy, Leningrad Cowboys Go America...and Tremors!

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    One possible explanation for the surprising Best Picture Academy Award was that the Academy moved this year to a preferential voting system, rather than first-past-the-post voting which has prevailed from the beginning (previously, with the distribution of votes, a film with around 27% share of the final votes could win). This means it is now easier to shut out the James Camerons of the world. In addition, I read somewhere that the average age of Academy members is 70+. which suggests they are far removed from the dominant film audience these days (ie males 15 to 25).

    Still, I was pleased that a small film won over the over-financed, over-blown, over-praised Avatar.

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  • Busytown: Holiday reading lust,

    OTOH, we have just discovered The Wire

    One Big Ambition for summer which never happened. Managed another whole two episodes. Perhaps the dank winter months might be a better time to try once more.

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  • Hard News: That Summer!,

    Night rain has been a blessing in the Waikato. It patters gently on the dry magnolia leaves and the dawn feels fresh and renewed. The veges grow mightily--in fact, I pulled out the apple cucumbers at the weekend as I no one was eating them. Summer still lingers and I build up a mighty sweat biking to the uni.

    The highlights of summer? Al Green at The Civic, La Dolce Vita under a full moon at the Hamilton Garden's Festival, the neighbours offering use of their swimming pool whilst they were away, late night curling at the Winter Olympics, reading through a stack of quality mags, getting all my writing commitments finished, seeing my family off to Japan for a trip, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo....

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  • Hard News: The Press, Privacy and The Paps,

    Just to side-track the discussion for a moment (but not derail it), I wonder if anyone else has been to any of the docos screening at the Rialto over the past week. Pinki's Smile was touching (about a hospital in India providing surgery to fix cleft palates in India) but the real beauty was a doco Pop Star On Ice, about the flamboyant US figure skater Johnny Weir. My daughter is considering setting up a NZ branch of Johny's Angels.

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  • Field Theory: The Wonder Years,

    Damn the Chiefs tonight! Sloppy handling when they could have beaten the Reds.

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  • Hard News: Ready for the Big One?,

    I guess we will have to work our way through the backlog of homemade relishes and chutneys, some of which are a few years old.

    My Sony wind-up radio is always to hand. Where are all those wind-up computers? One was being passed around at a Wellington Great Blend a year or two back.

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  • Hard News: Still crazy after all these years,

    Whilst we are on about Act, is anyone else willing to subscribe to a fund to sterilise David Garrett?

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  • Field Theory: And like that, it's gone,

    A great game. Ricky Ponting was gracious in defeat but it seemed like some of his team-mates are not accustomed to losing!

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  • Field Theory: And like that, it's gone,

    My 16 year old daughter, who has a rather wicked sense of humour, picked on two zingers in commentaries during the Winter Olympics..

    The Austrians like to lead and dictate..

    and

    The Koreans like it from the rear

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