Friday, January 18, 2008

"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"

Not exactly being au courant about films can be an advantage at times. Like with "Children of Men" a few weeks ago, again I was mesmerized by a movie tonight, this time on the Sundance Channel. "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" was met here with no preconceived notions, no expectations, no stored one liners from Roger Ebert, Peter Travers or A.O. Scott. Walking into a novel and sitting on a stoop in Astoria, Queens observing, that's what it was, except the story was real and it felt like it. Dido says at the end, "I left a lot of people behind but nobody left me". In the context of the film those words are just right.

2 Comments:

Blogger alex said...

John,

I randomly stumbled across your blog when I was doing a google blog search on Tom Brown. I, too, thought that he'd shut down the blog (perhaps as a precursor to shutting down the hedge fund) and couldn't find any public information either. While I agree that Brown is an amazing financial analyst and has forgot more about banks than I will ever know, I've never felt comfortable with his extremely concentrated style of investing. When you factor in his hubris in dealing with sell side analysts, his blow up is understandable, and sadly, could have been avoided. I wonder if he'll go back and send an apology to those analysts he mocked over the years.

Regarding A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints: I really enjoyed that movie when I saw back in 2006. If you liked as much I did, go check out Half Nelson with Ryan Gosling (who was nominated for an Oscar for the role), which came out at about the same time. Those two movies were in my top Ten for 2006.

So was Children of Men although I thought it could have been a lot better. I liked the beginning of the movie and was mesmerized by the scenes of what happens when a civilization breaks down but when the 2nd half of the movie turned into a chase thriller, I thought it lost something that could have made it a great move.

Mark Steyn had a pretty solid review of it. I wasn't as down on it as he was but he makes some strong points in why the movie was a disappointment compared to the book.

http://www.macleans.ca/culture/entertainment/article.jsp?content=20070122_139464_139464

Finally, I checked you profile and there was a note that you were going to Morocco. I was there five years ago and in addition to the main cities of Marrakesh and Fes, I had a really fantastic time in a small town near the Rif mountains called Chefchouen and went down to the desert by Merzouiga (where they shot The Mummy) to go camel trecking and sand dune climbing. I highly recommend it.

Good luck with the trip and let's hope the markets start coming back around. One can only dollar cost average down for so long.

4:43 AM  
Blogger John Borden said...

Alex, if this is you it's been since the CMB/JPM announcement. Thanks for the comment. Yeah, Tom has a combative and at times strongly personal style, but like John McCain at least you know where he stands and you can make up your own mind. Hope all is well.

10:46 AM  

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