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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

There's something kind of beautiful about Forrest Whitaker. I just watched him in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (remembered recommendation from Matt Kaplan, a.k.a. philly420pdx, a.k.a. The Other Matt Meat (actually, I just made that up)). He plays Ghost Dog: good with kids, good with animals, kills people. OK, I'm down with the first and second qualities. Ghost Dog's a hit man. And you want to hug him. Or just hang out with him and his pigeons, talking about good books or just being around each other.

It's a poetic, quiet film that I'm glad I saw; there's a good vibe to it. (I first wrote "energy," but that makes it sound like a more energetic film than it is. It wouldn't work at a faster pace.) I grooved to the music The RZA made for it; the notes in the flier inside the DVD case mention how his music echoes both the flight of Ghost Dog's pigeons and how Ghost Dog walks. That makes sense. I did want something a little less death-y after it, though, so I put on Norah Jones. Not even her country songs have death in them, at least not on her first album...

Oh, and sidenote: I'm enjoying the fantasy novel Eragon, which Alicia let me borrow. I want a pet dragon!


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Oct. 26th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
I need to read Eragon... The more I hear about it, the funner it sounds, and the trailer to the movie looks like a blast. Stef has it and says it's great. I think for a while I was quirked off from it by the title character's name sounding so nakedly similar to that of another famous prophesied savior of heroic fantasy.

I have to concur regarding Ghost Dog.
Oct. 26th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm having fun with the book. I felt the opening was a little stiff and generic, but it's improved; I like how matter-of-factly the book treats dragons and magic, and the rules of the world seem pretty rigorous as to who can use magic and when, stuff like that. (Of course I just read a big chunk of text about those rules, so they're fresher in my mind.) And it's easy to see the echoes with Star Wars (Riders more or less equal Jedi, for example).

And you should like the dragon, too. (I follow film music, and I realized this morning that Patrick Doyle is the film's composer, so this makes at least three films he's scored that featured dragons...the others are Quest For Camelot and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...and there was a kind of dragon-like creature thing in A Little Princess, come to think of it...)
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