As avid followers will have learnt from my previous post, I have spent the last 4 weeks down under in Australia. While the main purpose of my trip was a bit of rest and relaxation in a last hurrah family holiday, movies and cinema have never been that far away.
My trip began with a 4-night stop-over at Singapore. Not known for its ability to make movies that translate well in the Western World, Singapore nevertheless is one of the most artistic countries in the globe which is evident from the vast array of architecture that sprouts amongst the varying shades of natural green, building grey and - as the national colour - red. Unfortunately I'm not here to natter about pretty statues and thus, it is only the in-flight movies in the 12-hour flight that concerns this paragraph. Unknown, featuring Liam Neeson, was the highlight of a selection of three movies watched during this part of the trip.
|Sydney's IMAX is the largest in the world|
|Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars - Jackie Chan|
The final movie-related piece of my holiday came from the bedtime reading. Inspired by Capote, I read In Cold Blood and was utterly astounded at how good the book was. If you've never read it, it is an absolutely masterpiece of Truman Capote and how he pieces together so many different non-fictional sources into a seamless novel is truly fascinating. Meanwhile, I also picked up a copy of Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity to see how the film compared to its counterpart. Now, I'm not one for usually comparing two different outlets of media, but the differences between the novel and the movie begs me to ask the question; how did Ludlum allow a film to be made that stole his characters and basic concept whilst changing around 70% of the actual storyline? If the character and place names were different I wouldn't have even thought that they were related in any way. As I move onto Supremacy I am already starting to feel this is heading in the same direction as the previous inconsistencies. Incidentally, having spent four days in Hong Kong the opening chapter of the Supremacy book feels like I am reliving it all over again.
Of course, this break now only means I have a lot of catching up to do with regards to those movie reviews and rest assured they will follow once I recover from the inevitable jet lag - at half past 4 in the afternoon in the UK, it was 23:30 for me 24 hours ago in Hong Kong. A lack of sleep on a turbulent flight hammers home the point that I won't be doing much more this afternoon.
Finally, I hope everyone has had a pleasant August - wherever you are in the world.