Saturday, January 13, 2007

DVD: The Matador

This is the first movie Geoff and I have watched in a year or two that is so bad we didn't make it to the end. I chose this movie ... I don't know what made me think it would be worth watching - maybe Greg Kinnear. He's usually reliable (I'm thinking of As Good As It Gets and Nurse Betty, although come to think of it Stuck on You was weak).

Basically, Pierce Brosnan does such a good job of being a thoroughly unpleasant assassin that he is thoroughly unpleasant to watch. Greg Kinnear plays a boring "ordinary guy" who is boring and a little depressing to watch.

Don't bother.

Proud to be a New Zealander

This week anyway ;)

The New Zealand government's duty minister and spokesperson over this period of the summer break, Jim Anderton, spoke out forcefully against US President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq, and, what's more, it appears that most Kiwis are in agreement with Jim's views (an unusual situation). Embarrassing but not unexpected that Prime Minister Helen Clark beat a strategic retreat, distancing herself from Jim's comments. If politicians like Helen around the world were less nervous of offending a selfish bully and more concerned with doing the right thing, maybe alternatives to further death, injury and destruction could be found.

Hope this means Jim Anderton's Progressive Coalition gets more votes next election ... maybe Jim was being strategic too.