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Comments on Sunday 5 October 2003:
A couple of movie reviews; Charlie's Angels 2, accurately described at IMDB, was a horrible monster. Very much what I expected; the earlier Charlie's Angels was quite fun, with quite a bit of nice self-mocking humour, jocular action and classic genre outrageous technology. CA2 has sequel-mocking 'humour', the exact same jocular action, and a painful lack of the expected outrageous technology. Not an eyeprint, not a computer zooming in (and enhancing) a camera image, no robot bee-cameras, nothing. Just some motorbikes and cars. The plot of the first at least held together; the plot of this one just didn't seem to exist. As a fine example of how the plot binds together from beginning to end, Dylan falls in love with the lovely bad guy from CA1, kisses him, and then three seconds later he gets stabbed and dies. Twenty seconds max for this entire 'subplot'. There is no point in the plot that is connected to any other point more distant on its timescale than that, so it's an ideal movie to watch if you're the chap from Memento.

The other movie watched today was Subspecies, which is essentially an Enid Blyton story; "Five Go To Vampire Town". There's a very self-evident George character, around whom the others very easily fall into Famous Five roles, even though the three main characters are all female. There's Anne, the quiet one who doesn't seem to serve any purpose, and the other girl is Dick, who runs up stairs immediately after being told that the stairs are weak and rotting. Julian shows up later, in the guise of a very sensible vampire who immediately falls in secret love with George. Timmy, presumably, died before this story, since dogs have shorter lifespans than lesbians. Starring a Marilyn Manson lookalike as the evil vampire, and a Unix guru as the inexplicable beardy vampire slayer. [14:22]
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