John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

Well, the New Year is here, and I celebrated it in a relatively low-key manner. I was off on SJA duty last night (at the Natural History Museum's outdoor ice-rink) - I'd heard that it's been very busy, with lots of broken bones, but hardly anything happened while I was there. The main thing that stuck in my mind was when people complained about the ice being cold and slippery... The tube strike turned out to be less disruptive than I'd feared, so I made it on to a party afterwards in time to hear the chimes at midnight with some friends.

And following on from my resolutions, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have written some for Crowley and Aziraphale. I also liked Gaiman's wish for his readers: "May your 2002 be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't to forget make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in 2002, you surprise yourself." (He certainly has a knack for phrasing things more eloquently than I can.)

Meanwhile, I've just been watching a couple of films on TV. "I, Robot" is one that I didn't get round to watching in the cinema (partly because I heard so many complaints about how it compared to the books), but I quite liked it. Then "Eurotrip" was a lot of fun - not exactly sophisticated humour, but it made me laugh. It was also interesting to see Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn from "Buffy") and Kristin Kreuk (Lana from "Smallville") in very different roles. Mind you, avoid "Snow White" - Kristin Kreuk did ok in an early role, but the film is pretty dire. "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story" is a similar style of film, but it was done far better.

Looking at upcoming films, I think that "Brokeback Mountain" may well be a good film with lots of artistic merit, but all I could think of during the trailer was Cartman's line from "South Park" ("Independent films are all about gay cowboys sitting around eating pudding"), so I think I'll give it a miss. And "The Wild" looks very similar to "Madagascar" (although I haven't seen either), so I'll probably skip that too. I'm looking forward to "Just Like Heaven" and "V for Vendetta" though.
Tags: films, new year, sja

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