see, on sunday i ordered my three Criterion discs on c&l, who are way out in b.c., on the other side of the country.
as soon as i'd ordered, they sent me a ups tracking number, which i immediately set to good use. nothing. there was nothing for a good 24 hours.
then monday afternoon i see a "4:06 pm - departure". that made me happy.
after that there was a quick sucession of times, arrivals, and departures. it was going and fast and by 6:33 am it had apparently arrived at the montreal airport. this was quick. they're two-day shipping was for real.
i checked the ups site all morning to see the updates 'cause i wanted to be home when the guy would come a-knockin'.
nothing. and more nothing. hours passed. i went and got some groceries. nothing. nothing. nothing.
but then at 12:38 pm -- a knock on the door :)
a very excited me went down and got my criterion package :)
i know i've said this before but there's something in criterion that excites the hell out of me :) especially when it's more than one disc.
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S.W.A.T left me kinda cold. i thought i'd at least enjoy it for the "smart dumb movie" aspect of it, but no. well, yes i did get into some of the stuff; but it goes by so fast (it doesn't feel like a 117-minute movie) that a lot of it just didn't work for me.
first off, i really wasn't ready for the bad tv show banter/awkward acting that floods the first half hour like an evil bad breath. i was really stunned by the lack of chemistry between the actors on-screen or any trace of good editing. i was really out of it for a while. then i laughed a couple of times (i actually remember the two specific times; how bad is that?) and Olivier Martinez is really good, so those parts were fine.
Michelle Rodriguez also does a very fine job but you get the feeling they introduce her into the movie (because she's a girl and no girl is gonna make on my s.w.a.t. dammit) and then they kinda forget about her.
it's not a really bad film. but it could've been much better.
it felt like an episode from a tv show. take that any way you want to.
for me, it went by fast and it didn't annoy me too much, but then a day after watching i won't remember much about the film. i don't know how they'd do this but they could turn this into a series where each film, released every other year or so, was about one case; like a tv show. but then again, was this film so special as to deserves a film series? probably not.
oh yeah, and there was a surprising racist streak. it's not throughout the film but pay attention when olivier martinez makes his $100,000,000 offer; you get all kinds of "hoodlums" coming in for the kill. and if there's anyone white man among them, they sure as hell didn't show it as much as all the latinos and blacks "hoods" who came out of the woodwork with their arsenals. mindboggling.
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Loveless' "sometimes" is playing. this is the kind of music Billy Corgan was influenced by. this is the kind of song i just love the most.
Posted by Sam | 9:08 AM