October 31, 2002 Archives

Amazon Apparel

| No Comments

amazon.gifAmazon are doing public beta ing their new Amazon Apparel store. I can't see myself buying clothing online, but they do have some good names (Nordstroms, Urban Outfitters, Gap, I heard Lands End has a good reputation). I guess they should just add Banana Repuplic, then I could buy my t-shirts there. That's more or less all I ever buy anyway.

The whole Amazon site is awfully sloooow today. Some poor techies must be really busy trying to make it not suck again. :-)

Auto Focus

| No Comments

autofocus posterI went to see Bowling for Columbine, but I got there too late, so I saw Auto Focus instead (trailer). It's based on the life of Bob Crane.

Lenny, Crane's Agent: You know Bob, sex is not the answer.
Bob Crane: That's right, sex is not the answer. It is the question. Yes, is the answer.

Crane is a family man. Doesn't drink. Doesn't smoke. Couldn't pick up a woman even if she threw herself at him. He gets to star in an unlikely TV show set in a German POW camp(!). From there his addiction and self-destruction sets in.

It's provacative at times, and disturbing most of the time. It gets a bit repetitive, but I think that's what makes it so disturbing. Crane has no self-awareness, no perspective on his life and his actions, no good judgement for much of anything at all.

autofocus dafoeGreg Kinnear is great as Bob Crane. I really really enjoyed Willem Dafoe in th role of John Carpenter. I finally watched The Last Temptation of Christ the other day where Dafoe plays Christ. On the commentary track of the DVD he says at one point "oh god, I look so young". Indeed he did. :-)

Auto Focus is directed by Paul Schrader who (co-)wrote the screenplays for Last Temptation of Christ, Bringing Out the Dead, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and many others.

Ebert's review is a bit of a spoiler, but very accurate. It also includes some fluff about the inaccuracies from the real Bob Cranes life. I couldn't care less. In a Beautiful Mind it bugged me because it was so obvious that it was to make the movie sweeter and nicer. Here the changes were to make it a better and more interesting movie.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from October 2002 listed from newest to oldest.

October 29, 2002 is the previous archive.

November 7, 2002 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.


OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 4.25