In Berlin

Posted by · 3:41 pm · June 7th, 2008

Sorry for the down time on my part. It’s been go, go, go since I landed in Berlin Friday. It’s back to London tomorrow morning, so I should be back on track.

But to toss out a few random thoughts:

1) Clinton’s “I’m finally getting out of the way” speech contained all the right words, but damn if she didn’t seem completely incapable of shielding the fact that she was swallowing some tough medicine.

2) Berlin is one of the most agreeable cities I think I’ve been to in my life, and I can’t seem to place my finger on why. Despite the frequent bout of communication breakdown, I could easily see myself living here.

3) I’ve been watching “Syriana” on my laptop when I can get a moment, a few minutes here, few minutes there. It’s the first time I’ve revisited the film since its 2005 release, and I have to say it is aging well in the face of the changing times. I never felt it to be an out-of-the-park effort, but it remains one of the more ambitious projects of the decade and, in its own way, a solid portrait from a dedicated filmmaker.




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  • 1 6-08-2008 at 12:59 am

    Marvin said...

    Berlin is awsome. I’m dying to go back.

  • 2 6-08-2008 at 10:28 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I’ve been to the Love Parade in Berlin a couple of times. And no, I’m not gay. I just love the music. Anyway, I really like Syriana too. It’s a daring and poignant film. Probably the best film made about these times.

  • 3 6-08-2008 at 10:58 am

    Nick Plowman said...

    I’ve never been to Europe, but enjoy!

  • 4 6-08-2008 at 10:55 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    I still can’t believe that a silly movie like Crash won best picture and Syriana didn’t even receive a nomination, except screenplay and Clooney. Yuck.

    Syriana is an excellent film. I like how the first hour and a half is a complex mess; that is, the film’s structure reflects the very issues Gaghan is talking about. The oil industry, terrorism, intelligence agencies, global politics/economics are complicated and messy – just like the film. However, in the last twenty minutes or so of the film, Gaghan shows us how everything is connected. Brilliant.

    ” You’re the Canadian” is quite a scene.

    Stephen Gaghan is a fuckin’ genius. His Traffic and Syriana scripts alone prove it. I wonder what he’s doing next…