Things 7: Mistranslated Menu, Michel Musicvideo, Mysterious Moneypit

(Originally sent January 2008)

This week’s film – one line review
Charlie Wilson’s War was an extremely bizarre mix of overly polished and sharp dialogue and insanely unbalanced pacing, marred by editorial decisions taken due to pressure being applied to the studio by the people the film was based on. Oh dear.

Next week’s films
Next week looks awesome. I’ll probably see one or more of these films at the weekend.

No country For Old Men
Imdb rating: 8.7/10 (putting it at the all-time #25 after 37,000 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
Prognosis: I was already a big fan of the Coen brothers, and now everyone is saying they are at the peak of their powers. The premise and trailer are not particularly compelling, but everything else bodes extremely well.

Sweeney Todd
Imdb rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Prognosis: Depp and Burton do a musical. That’s enough for me!

Aliens vs Predator – Requiem
Imdb: 5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Prognosis: It’s rubbish, but it’s got Aliens and Predators and Predaliens in it, and is made by people whose only experience is in special effects. Sounds great!

A Puzzle
Why do clocks go clockwise?

A Quote
Thomas Sowell: Most problems do not get solved. They get superceded by other concerns.

A Link
The worst translated menu in the world

A video
My second favourite music video by Michel Gondry – it requires a lot of mental attention:

A picture
The Oak Island ‘money pit’ remains one of my favourite unsolved mysteries. A helpful diagram is below.