26 December 2012

Norwegian Wood

I recently saw Norwegian Wood. This has to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. The plot (which I won't give away too much of here) centers around how two college-aged kids come to terms with the unexpected suicide of a classmate (the girl's boyfriend and the boy's best friend). The events take place with the leftist political protests of the late 60s going on in the background. Most of the key characters have a clear existentialist directness about them. The sound track's both beautiful and haunting, and the film (which was made by Tran Anh Hung, the Vietnamese/French director who made The Scent of Green Papaya) visually makes heavy use of burning deep greens and melancholy blues. If cinemas would only show more films like this--I'd go to the cinema every weekend.

2 December 2012

One set of facts U.S. politicians ignore

No amount of dinkering will fix the U.S. system as long as politicians aren't willing to take on the vested interests--the crooks who fleece all of us who must use the health system. The only way the system will work is if we have fixed prices for services. This has been the solution everywhere else in the world and it works.

1 December 2012

Moon Occults the Sun