Friday, January 20, 2006

Conflict of Interest

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. -William Butler Yeats, writer, Nobel laureate (1865-1939)

This quote and the previous one from the German fellow seem to be fairly antagonistic toward learning and other polymathic exploits. The rub for me is that they come at the end of one of my word a day emails by Anu Garg. Why would a person who makes their living by pandering to the intellectually curious sap the foundations with insidious aphorisms? And Billy Butler, what is the best part of the mind, and nice touch on using "lean" with "starving"?

I saw Munich tonight. I liked it I give it 3 outta 4 stars. All the actors did wonderfully, John Williams had a fine score, writing above par, and achievement of purpose not too shabby. Eric Bana was the only redeeming character in Troy, and he doesn't disappoint in this role. Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig (the new James Bond), and Matthieu Kassovitz (Nino from Amelie) round out a very satisfying ensemble performance. Their two French contacts played by Michael Lonsdale (he was the villian, Hugo Drax, in an old Bond movie, Moonraker) and Mathieu Amalric also turn fine performances.

The previews were fun "Thank You for Smoking" is about a tobacco lobbyist who becomes a consultant/strategist for them, and Inside Man with Clive Owen as a bank robber and Denzel Washington as a negotiator.

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At January 20, 2006 10:42 PM, Blogger Voth said...

3 outta 4 stars? What happened to 5 stars?

If I see it, will it make me cry?

At January 21, 2006 11:58 AM, Blogger Cerise said...

Matthieu Kassovitz? Now that I know that, maybe I'll see it... And, yes please, is it a tear-jerker? Or very violent?

At January 21, 2006 1:39 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Not a tear-jerker, except maybe one scene, but plenty violent. However I think the violence is done responsibly and is integral to the plot/character development.


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