Anyhow, I'm going to try to get out at lunch on a semi-regular basis and find new plants to ID.
I saw Iron Man a while back, on opening day. We went to the new AMC theatre at Dundas Square, which is our new Times Square rip-off, complete with giant video billboards, excessive light pollution, mega-shopping - the works.
The audience was pretty into the movie, the script was funny, and Robert Downey Jr. totally makes the film work. The automatic dancing pole on Tony Stark's jet was icing on the cake. This all helped me to overlook the fact that the story was totally predictable, the plot didn't really make any sense or seem the least bit plausible. Afghan thugs buying the latest and greatest military hardware? How in the hell would they afford this? The writers never even bothered to tie them into heroin dealing to explain the vast sums of money they'd need. Nevermind that Stark execs would likely be hanged for treason.
Seeing Charlie Wilson's War just before Iron Man, and seeing what lengths they went to hide the fact that the US was supplying rebels with arms didn't help suspend my disbelief in Iron Man.
CWW is a pretty good movie. It revels in the absurdities of the situation, makes you laugh callously at death from the comfort of your North American couch, then it makes you feel dirty for it.
It's an interesting standout from the current crop of political movies, because it allows one to watch it as a satire whether you're on-board with the Neo-Cons or not. One could see it as an earnest story about how US intervention in Afghanistan was fucked over by short-sighted bureaucrats, or as a horrorshow depiction of a bunch of redneck crazies in charge of military spending, fucking up the world wherever they go.
The script is hilarious, as is Phillip Seymour Hoffman with his 80s government agent hair and massive, square glasses. Interesting to see Tom Hanks play the "straight man" against PSH's zany antics. I laughed a lot while watching this.
Work was pretty hectic throughout the winter. Two jobs seemed to go on and on forever, eventually trailing off into gradually slowing requests for changes. I never got a point where I felt I could say "bon-voyage!" and really feel like they were finally over. Maybe I'll do that today.
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