Movies – Solaris and Spirited Away

Posted on August 25, 2008 by


In keeping with my previous comparative media review, I’ve decided to give you my contrasting thoughts on two relatively unknown yet obscure movies. Last week, due to a new baby birth in Heather’s family, I got to leave work a couple hours early. With an evening to fill and nothing planned, we rented the highly recommended (by Canon) Spirited Away, and the not-at-all recommended Solaris (the new one with George Clooney, not the 1972 classic.)

As I was trying to think of something insightful to say, something that tied together the existential angst and questions about the essence of humanity that both of these movies explored, I realized that I don’t have much to say about them at all, except that they’re both good, Spirited Away is the better of the two of them (It’s kind of like Alice in Wonderland except with more people getting eaten), and Solaris is the only movie I’ve seen where I felt George Clooney did a great job as an actor.

But lest I leave you disappointed, let’s see if I can find some other tidbit of knowledge that might make your visit worthwhile:

I take it you already know,
Of tough and bough and cough and dough.
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through.
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word,
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead – it’s said like bed, not bead,
For goodness’ sake, don’t call it ‘deed’!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there’s dose and rose and lose –
Just look them up – and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.
And do and go and thwart and cart –
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Why man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five.

Found here

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