We saw a really neat film on Friday, Bend It Like Beckham, which is as much feel-good fun as a movie can get without being formulaic.
Ignore the title if you’re not versed in English football. The film is like “Greek Wedding” in tone (living life among a smothering-if-vibrant family) and “Billy Elliot” in theme (following a ‘crazy’ dream because of exceptional talent), with a great soundtrack and lots of girl-power goodness.
Perhaps you’re sick of war coverage, but I thought it was refreshing to hear a balanced, thorough report of the mood in Baghdad by a BBC correspondent.
In other news, Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld have started selling the next wars, just in case this one turns out to be profitable.
Steve pointed out a local project, started at SDSU, which created a diesel-electric hybrid sports car. 240HP, bright red, and it can run on bio-diesel at 80MPG! Pretty hot stuff, and it was made with mostly off-the-shelf components.
The site is a bit sparse at present, but more information and photos are available elsewhere.
It looks like the musical is jiggling back to life. Appaarently the producers of “Chicago” are making a new version of Footloose.
I think they should cast Kevin Bacon as the baptist minister this time. ;)
For those who were actually surprised by Michael Moore’s comments at the Oscars (and especially for those who thought he was actually booed by fellow actors), he has recently explained his comments.
“And, as I walked up to the stage, I was still thinking about the lessons that morning at Mass. About how silence, when you observe wrongs being committed, is the same as committing those wrongs yourself. And so I followed my conscience and my heart.”
Funny thing is, I was hoping he would say just what he said. I had read his comments just the day before, from another awards ceremony (I think it was the SAG awards.) I had waited through a lot of other syrupy speeches. When he won, I thought, “Finally! If Michael Moore doesn’t say something, no one will.”