Ralph Fiennes is a British diplomat to Kenya in The Constant Gardener. His “bleeding heart” wife is killed under suspicious circumstances. He begins investigating the pharmaceutical company she was looking into and finds himself in danger. At the beginning of the film, I was disappointed to find Fiennes playing yet another quiet, submissive character… with an annoying wife. He develops well through the film though (and you’ll grow to love her after she’s dead). The film looks great and is directed by Fernando Meirelles, the man responsible for the amazing City of God. It might have been a little long, but it is a good story. I definitely recommend this film.
Dad had IM’d me last Wednesday to remind me that PBS was showing a new Monty Python special. I decided to pass because I was watching Lady Vengeance and assumed I had seen enough Python already. I set the DVR to record it anyway and just finished watching it. The first hour featured Eric Idle. It had some original material to introduce the show and a lot of live performances I hadn’t seen. I actually enjoyed the second hour about the late Graham Chapman more. It included a lot of interviews with the other members about what it was like working with Graham and I wish these would have been included in the other member’s hour features. There are still four more hours coming up the next two Wednesdays.
My friend Gillian received a seatbelt purse for Christmas (and then immediately purchased a second one). If you want to attempt to build one on your own, you could follow these instructions. Most people don’t have 10 yards of seatbelts and a commercial grade sewing machine laying around though. [via Make]
While dad and I were perusing the videos on YouTube today I came across a favorite of mine from Kollaboration 2001. Being YouTube it was stripped of all credit a useful information. The video is Elsewhere (David Bernal) locking and popping. Elsewhere gained notoriety when he was featured in the VW ad where he plays a break-dancing Gene Kelly. You can see videos of Elsewhere dancing on his personal site. Here is an interview with Jason Kottke.
UPDATE: I just caught last week’s episode of E!’s The Soup which also featured this video with no credit.
Lady Vengeance is the final installment in Chan-wook Park‘s “Revenge Trilogy”. It hasn’t been released in the US yet, but my rental service already has it on DVD with English subtitles. The film opens with Geum-ja being released from prison. She’s been there for 13 years after abducting and killing a young boy when she was 19 years old. Through several almost surreal flashbacks you learn that Geum-ja has been making friends in prison and plotting revenge on the person who framed her. In the third act the plot comes to an almost full stop and takes a new direction. It isn’t entirely unexpected coming from Park. I kept waiting for the sad ending, but it never arrived (which is almost a relief). I enjoyed this film and the rest of the trilogy. Even though they shared some themes, each one followed a different path and pacing. I’d have to say my favorite of the three was Oldboy.
This is a video of Mike Ryan racing a Freightliner Century Class ST at the 2003 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. It’s a single axle truck. The engine is a twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz 501 V6 producing over 1,400hp. Even though the angle makes the course look kinda flat, the truck is gaining over 100 feet in elevation. This video was shot from the spectator’s area Devils Playground at 12,900 feet. Continue reading
This is a video of Bruce Canepa racing a 2003 Kenworth T2000 at the 2003 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. It’s a tandem axle truck with a mid-engine. The engine is a twin-turbo Caterpillar C-16, a straight-six producing over 1,300hp. Even though the angle makes the course look kinda flat, the truck is gaining over 80 feet in elevation. This video was shot from the spectator’s area Devils Playground at 12,900 feet. Continue reading