no, no, not dead. just not really in a blogging mood.
but, in the spirit of self-promotion … lol … here is an excerpt from my latest column on goldcoast.com.au:
IF I were to admit that I am more excited about the release of the iPhone 4 than I was about the release of the iPad, would you be tempted to have me committed?
I can’t help it — I remain so totally in love with my iPhone 3GS that I am still struggling to figure out why I also need to be lugging around a book-sized version of it that doesn’t have a clock, let alone a phone.
Okay, okay, I get it. The iPad is a thing of beauty that makes photo galleries, videos and websites leap into life. And of course, I can read actual books on it.
But I’ll tell you a secret. I can do all that on my iPhone as well, and slip it into my backpocket without feeling like I’m sitting on a brick.
you can read the whole thing here. go on. you know you want to.
no, really. WOW.
seven, hot, and i do mean hot, and exquisitely talented women. plus daniel day-lewis, who — and forgive me olivier, branagh, stewart, gielgud et al — IS the premier actor ever. seriously. the man is a genius.
the music is … well, not hummable, but nevertheless, memorable.
the two highlights for me? penelope cruz’s musical number which was the sexiest thing on film that i’ve seen in a very long time. and judi dench in a bustier, totally selling a folies bergere number and doing it with awesome cleavage. stupendous.
look, there is not a moment of doubt in this film. it weaves in and out of itself like a gorgeous dance, swirling around day-lewis.
it’s lush, it’s stylish, it exposes talents you never knew some of these stars had — kate hudson? yowzer — and it never sags.
in a word: BRAVISSIMO.
smart, sharp, violent but not to the point of slasher, very tight, well cast, well directed (f. gary gray, late of the italian job).
my only gripe was the snow falling out of cloud-free skies. aaaah cgi, you are a dangerous thing.
jamie foxx and gerald butler are excellent in this, and little colm meaney — god love him — playing his lovable hard-arse copper to perfection, as always.
was it believable? hell no. but you know what, who cares? it was entertaining … to the point where i watched it twice. i might even buy it for the collection.
in a word: ROMPS ALONG.