Sunday, August 8, 2010

How I learned to stop worrying and love spoilers

"I had a friend who, back on the day when Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince just came out, changed his MSN screen name to 'Dumbledore is dead',then applied a simple vbscript to log in and out every 5 seconds so every friend he had could be reminded of the cold fact that indeed, Albus Dumbledore is dead. That night he received a mild concussion and five stitches.

The same person, having read the leaked Deathly Hallows before hand, went to a major bookstore very early on the official day. He pushed for his way, rather rudely, through the excited crowd to a pile of the new HP hardcovers. He grabbed a copy, turned to the last page and immediately yelled with all force he could gather:'O-M-G SNAPE KILLED DUMBLEDORE!'

Suddenly there was silence. Mouths that belong to females began to resemble an unlikely O; the eyes of the children took a blurry red shade and several others raised their fists and/or frantically looked around for anything that they could use to build an improvised guillotine.

Nevertheless on this occasion he escaped the scene unscathed, for an white haired wise man raised his voice just in time:'Calm down, this bloody w**ker is talking BS about the last book!' "

- From a story told by a certain Waikato graduate

Isn't that adorable, I wish Lauren AMTFJ Cooper is still alive for this act.


Once upon a time, I did my best to avoid spoilers. However as a career forum junkie it is nearly impossible not to see people commenting on their favorite movies/books/games/etc without considering those who have not had the chance to learn the story themselves. It was ages before spoiler tags became standard of courtesy, and people paid for TV Guide to know what will happen before they even decide whether to watch it.

However later on I realised that in the end, knowing the story does not ruin the experience, since movies are expected to be more than sitcoms or TV melodramas. We are attracted to the silver screen for the visuals, not to hear a story that might not be a good time to start with.

This also explains why some people can watch Avatar over and over, which is just a slightly more sophisticated remake of Pocahontas or Dace with the Wolves.

Examples are attached below


I was made aware of the movie from a chapter in Rights of Passage by Chris Laidlaw. I googled the movie, read the synopsis and then promptly forgot about it.

It came back to me one day when I was hiking uphill from Khyber Pass Road to the hospitals before the Grafton Bridge reopened. On one side of the road there is an abandoned service station with some odd vehicles parked in the dilapidated forecourt.One day a spotted a yellow Mini sporting registration plate "PORK PI" and went to Queen Street right after to get this movie on DVD.

The movie is set and filmed in the late 70s/early 80s, way before Rogernomics and destruction of the old Mangere bridge. The story follows three spontaneous traveller from Kaitaia to Invercargill, each with different motives and outcomes. 30-something years on, this film still has not lost its relevance.

Another interesting point is the low rating of R13(reclassified to PG recently) despite its blatant depictions of rough language (damned funny nonetheless), drug use and some nudity, a contemporary remake would score at least an M.


Another Bill Murray film I intentionally stayed away from due to prior knowledge of the plot. I convinced myself to watch during the intersemester break and wish I had done it sooner. Comedy may be more vulnerable to spoilers since they sometimes rely on a unpredictable storyline to work best, however with s strong cast and superb cinematography, this movie is still 100% enjoyable.

It also reminds me of the old days when perms were the norm. Andie McDowell undoubtedly look best in her old hair.

Pretty good, but not as good as the perpetually gorgeous Jennifer Connelly

Okay, enough, I shall get back on topic.

I had little plans to watch this one, however since the semester started, at least fifteen different people have told me that it is great and I had no option but to see it for proof.

To be honest, my first viewing (implying I have seen it twice) was not under the influence of spoilers, so my usually slow-thinking mind had some hiccups with some familiar faces.

Mademoiselle, you look like Ellen Page, but you are not pregnant?!

 Fridge Logic: I only realised once I walked out of the theater that it was Marion Cotillard from Public Enemies

Despite a well known ensemble, everybody seems to blend into their respective role with ease. That probably explains by inability to recognise many of them.

DiCaprio is probably on his way to become the next Sean Connery, the number of good films he has done is just amazing. Another decent surprise is Ken Watanabe. Before this his acting always appeared out of place in Hollywood, especially in Letters from Iwo Jima. His performance is more than agreeable, so is his English. (if they actually used his voice)

Another déjà vu moment can be found at the start of snowy mountain segment, which bears a striking similarity to one level of Modern Warfare 2. Considering the fact that Hans Zimmer scored for both it may be more than a coincidence.

Overall, it deserves its 9.2/10 rating on IMDB. I have since replaced my morning alarm call with this Edith Piaf song, you will find out why once you have seen the movie. If you really can't afford movies you may go on a Tuesday, it does not get cheaper than that.


Here ends another rushed post I wrote so I can put my three lab assignments out of my mind.

/Sign off