Dash

Someone in my family is a huge fan of The Incredibles, so we went to the local cinema over Chinese New Year to watch it.  Now, scarcely a month later, it’s out on DVD, even while it’s still showing in the odd cinema or two!  Hong Kong was one of the last countries to get the film, but one of the first to get the DVD.

I think Kung Fu Hustle was out on DVD in Hong Kong even more quickly, though not as fast as the legitimate PRC version (albeit in Mandarin only and without English subtitles).  I realize that they are trying to compete with the pirate DVDs that were available even before the film made it to the cinema, but this is getting a bit ridiculous.  What’s the next plan – to sell you a copy of the DVD as you are hustled out of the cinema?

The Incredibles is quite entertaining, and follows the usual Pixar approach of aiming jokes at both young and old, though the storyline is more adult than before – it’s not easy to explain to young children why Mr Incredible had to give up being a superhero.  Fortunately, children don’t really care if part of the story doesn’t quite make sense to them, and there’s plenty to keep them entertained. 

I did rather enjoy the part of the film with Mr Incredible working in an insurance company, struggling to physically fit into the office and finding it hard to come to terms with the idea that his job was to stop customers making claims.  Then in the evening he secretly rescues people, incurring the wrath of his wife who complains when he comes home late after one his adventures with bits of latex on his clothes.


He's stolen my title

I read this in The Guardian last week, and now it's on the BBC news site, so it must be true.

Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury is upset because Michael Moore's new film is called "Farenheit 9/11", and he feels that the title was stolen from his own book "Farenheit 451".

How pathetic. You'd think that he would realize that this is what is usually called 'homage' rather than stealing. No-one is going to watch this movie thinking it was written by Ray Bradbury! However, it might increase interest in his book (or the film). The BBC story says that "Bradbury [..]would rather avoid litigation. Probably because he doesn't have a case. You'd think that he'd have a friend or advisor who would tell him that he is being ridiculous.

What does he think he 'owns' - the word farenheit, or the number 1?