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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Au Cinéma 

Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won't shoot
I'm on the corner in the pouring rain
Sixteen men on a dead man's chest
And I've been drinking from a broken cup
Two pairs of pants and a mohair vest
I'm full of bourbon, I can't stand up

Hey, little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone

Hey, little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone

—Tom Waites

I saw King Kong last night. It's not bad. Jack Black is a way better actor than Adrian Boring of course. Actually, even the skipper is more interesting than Mr Broody, who just has his eyebrows to work with. There are, of course, some excellent bits, but Skull Island is not very convincing or creepy, which is a huge disappointment. I think if you had lots of money to spend you could make a more fightening island, surely.

A further drawback is that all the computer graphics make you think nothing is real, and that hobbits might turn up at any minute. I don't think the director really knows what his movie looks like. He was probably saying, "Oh, the dummies will think it looks so real", but it looks fake, and this is a problem. It makes the movie no better than a pretty good cartoon.

Some people think that the original King Kong had something to do with the working class, and that King Kong was meant to represent unionized labour. It was a big topic at the time, and this movie is also set in the period and dwells on the Depression. But I'm not sure if that's true. It might have more to do wth political extremism. Who called the 30's "that low, dishonest decade"? Auden, I think. There aren't enough foul words to characterize the period, which , one way or another, saw the groundwork laid for tens of millions of deaths.


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