January 18th, 2005

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(Mini Review) Alexander

In a single word: LONG

A bit too long to be honest. I actually quite liked the film but it did drag on in places (certainly at the end). Wasn't too keen on Colin Farrell as Alexander nor was I keen on the fact that a lot of the Macedonians seemed to have Irish accents - but then I guess if they didn't have Irish then they'd have American. There was some superb scenes in the film - especially some of the fight scenes and scenic shots (Babylon looked really nice) but at times the narrative lacked and this especially showed during Anthony Hopkins parts as Old Ptolemy who was the narrator of the film. Angelina Jolie was actually pretty good as Olympias, Alexander's mother, even though she is only a year older than farrell in real life. I thought Val Kilmer sucked as Philip though (Alexander's father). Jared Leto portrayed a good Hephaistion (Alexanders lover and closest friend since boyhood) and the relationship between the two of them on screen has been the attention of a lot of criticism from certain quarters - mainly in the states where I believe a number of religous groups organised a boycott of the film. There were also a number of comments and scenes where gay relationships where shown, or alluded to, amongst several members of Alexanders military circle of friends. All of which, in my mind, is good and apart from anything else was true.

My favourite character was probably Cleitus who was played by Gary Stretch, but that's probably because he is very cute.(apparently he was the Britsh light-middleweight champion at boxing and even fought Chris Eubank for the WBO middleweight title in 1991!!!). I can't really fault many of the actors as they were generally all fair to good.

I wouldn't reccomend this film for people to see at the cinema but I reckon as an evenings DVD entertainment you'd probably enjoy it. I also seem to only go to films with ukmonty that include lots of snakes in. He wasn't as jumpy this time round (as opposed to Kill Bill 2 when he was leaping out of his seat) but still, going to a film with someone with a phobia of snakes when there are loads of snakes in it adds a bit of spice to it :-p

School Report: C/C- (Good bits/bad bits/way too long winded bits)

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My Superhero Weakness.......

(from twicedead and kittensandsteam)

Superman is vulnerable to Kryptonite. Green Lantern is powerless against the colour yellow. Batman... Um, I guess Batman is weak against large breasted super villianesses.

If I were a super hero, what would be my weakness? What would be yours?
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Finally, a reasonably accurate one....

You scored as Verbal/Linguistic. You have highly developed auditory skills, enjoy reading and writing and telling stories, and are good at getting your point across. You learn best by saying and hearing words. People like you include poets, authors, speakers, attorneys, politicians, lecturers and teachers.
















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A proper update (sans quizzes)

I thought I'd do a proper update as my last pot of the night. Apologies for the quiz deluge today. Seems to have been an upsurge today and I ended up doing them at different times as I came across interesting ones in friends journals - I should really have saved them and just stuck them all behind a cut. I'll try to do so in future when there's bundles of them.

Today at work was alright. Standard Tuesday really - lots of swebsite updating and placing orders by Angus. I did manage to knck off slightly early though (5pm!) as I was meeting Nicole in Leicester Square to treat her to a birthday meal and have a catch up chat. I haven't seen her since Dave's birthday back in November and her own birthday was before that which I couldn't make (naughty Angus).

Anyway, we had a nice Chinese in Soho and then decamped to a local pub where we chatted and watch Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0 much to Nicole's delight (she's an Everton fan so very anti-Liverpool).

Now back at home. Have the day off tomorrow (yay!) but have a few things to do (have to get to Stargreen to pick up some concert tickets, Waterloo for my Eurostar ticket and also to Camden for some graphic novels). Am hopefully seeing Vanity Fair again tomorrow with drinks/food mixed in somewhere.

Am probably out Thursday too at present. Friday may be Synthetic Culture if I can figure out an easy route to get there (York Road has been partially demolished so no direct route from Kings Cross. Caledonian Road or Camden seem to be options). Saturday is Dave's leaving bash. Sunday should be work. Then it's next week already (which will include the Pop Will Eat Itself gig!!!! Yay!!!!).

Anyway, night night folks. Sleep well and dream carefully.