[internetworkers] My Big Summer Film
art2mis at nc.rr.com
Sun Sep 22 11:46:35 EDT 2002
I'd have to agree with the Big Fat Greek Wedding -- although, since I first
saw it in June, does it count as a summer film? I loved it, though...and saw
it with friends who, knowing my mother comes from a Greek family, were
wondering if any of it was true. Well...I must say it *reminded* me of my
Mom's family, but it certainly wasn't "true". It was hilarious, though, I
nearly fell out of my chair several times.
I also loved The Bourne Identity (again, possibly more of a spring film?) and
have since been gobbling up the novels of Robert Ludlum. He can't really
write for shit, but the stories are compelling and great brain candy.
Along those lines, can anyone recommend a writer (other than Tom Clancy) that
writes excellent thrillers? Preferably one with a more consistent
bullet-deadliness quotient than Ludlum.
Wondering what BDQ is? I quote my favorite crime novel writer, Christopher
Brookmyre, from his book "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night" -- the
character is talking about films, but the principle stands:
"An action film establishes its own rules of gunplay. In some, every bullet
is potentially lethal -- even the old shot to the shoulder can look
worryingly close to the upper-chest area. But in others, machine guns can
seem the least deadly weapon known to man. To illustrate, at one end of the
spectrum there's your Tarantino movies: reputations aside, there's not *that*
much gunplay, so when somebody lets off a shot, it's for real, and it's
usually fatal. High bullet-deadliness quotient. At the other end, there's
your John Woo movies: zillions of rounds goin' off an' the only thing they
ever hit is glass. Low bullet-deadliness quotient. In a high BDQ film, if
the baddie draws a bead on somebody, get ready for ketchup. In a low BDQ
film, that's just a bad day for the janitor. And both types are fine by me,
as long as the rules are followed consistently."
On Saturday 21 September 2002 07:21 pm, you wrote:
> Emily and yours truly have just arrived from the movies.
> We have seen "My Big Greek WeddingW. It's a blast! It's fresh, humorous
> and gives room to reflection as well. This years "Emilie", maybe?
> What is your Big Summer Film? Family vacation on tape, with drunk
> relatives falling into the swimmimng pool do not qualify as Big Summer
> Josep & Emily
> (*) Why? Well, you have to set limits.
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