The next book up, our fourth of the year, is another Christmas gift, The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, edited by Martin Greenberg and Harry Turtledove
Names deliberately excised.
“I would suggest moving back,” he said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor. “I’m about to crank this sucker up.” As the engine roared to life, staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety.”Get out of the way!” a news photographer yelled. “I think he might run us over!” said another. Aides tried to herd the reporters the right way without getting run over themselves. Even security got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor. Watching the chaos below, he looked out the tractor’s window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned.
Can you guess who was so callously careless with heavy machinery?
A light comedy spoof of the spy genre, starring Bill Murray.
Done in the rotoscoped style of his “Waking Life”, Richard Linklater’s version of the Phil K Dick novel stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder.
A forerunner of many modern spy movies and series, from Alias to the Bourne Identity, starring Robert Redford and directed by Sydney Pollack.
I must be on an inadvertent Nicholas Cage kick, since here we have The Family Man, my third movie of the year starring Nicholas Cage, and also starring Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle.
The Americanized version of the Dickens story, starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro.
To counterbalance the intense dark fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth, I decided to rewatch The Director’s Cut of the Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Linus Roache, and Karl Urban and featuring Judi Dench.
On Saturday, I went to see the subtitled Spanish fantasy movie, Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), in the theater.Directed by Guillermo del Toro
I saw Pan’s Labyrinth today, and with that, and looking at the Oscar list, I realize that I’ve inadvertently managed to see all of the movies nominated in one of the mid-weight categories.
The nominees are:
The Black Dahlia
Children of Men
So, I guess I am qualified to judge this category, having seen all of the nominees. Still, its a tough choice and I am not sure, if I were an Oscar voter, which movie I would vote for. Black Dahlia and the Prestige, I think, are the weakest cinematographically.
COM, Illusionist and Labyrinth are all fantastic movies, and very different movies. Illusionist does the most with sticking to an unusual and deliberately archaic style. COM has gripping visuals and Pan’s Labyrinth mixes the fantastic and the real effectively. If any of those three win, I think, it would be a strong choice as opposed to Dahlia or the Prestige (which, don’t get me wrong, is a great movie, but from the viewpoint of this category, is not the strongest movie IMO)