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  • Jackie Clark,

    My mum and her friend Joan go to the cinema pretty much every Sunday. (Not to mention they quite often go to those very long opera films that are, I believe, on at the Bridgeway on Fridays or somesuch). Today was a tossup, in my mother’s words “between a tragedy and a comedy”. The tragedy being Black Swan, the comedy being something with Bill Nighy in it. They went for Bill Nighy, after I told them about Craig’s assessment of it. Well, I didn’t give a detailed one, I just said he said it was crap. That was enough for them.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    They went for Bill Nighy, after I told them about Craig’s assessment of it. Well, I didn’t give a detailed one, I just said he said it was crap. That was enough for them.

    Oooh, the power... :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Could you make us an Imperia-list. Just so we know which ones to avoid.

    Is that an imperious demand?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Is that an imperious demand?

    The imperator has no close...

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    @ Jackie; if it was Bill Nighy, it would probably have been 'Glorious 39', which unintentionally a comedy, Nighy splendidly miscast, and generally a load of old (British) tosh.
    I have just been to The Inside Job, a doco which everyone should get to.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to recordari,

    Try as I might, I can't top that one. (Whither Ian, dammit?)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I have just been to The Inside Job, a doco which everyone should get to.

    So have I. More analysis in my other post.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    @DeepRed. Good comments. There was also the complicity of academia in the whole mess, which might be an an argument of expelling business schools from universities.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    And I posted the following once on Pundit:

    Chairman Mao once said that "power comes from the barrel of a gun". In this day and age, absolute power comes the barrel of a financier's pen, even when they're in a right royal mess like they are now.

    And we're all familiar with Lord Acton's words of wisdom, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

    Combine all the above and you get the following:

    - Power and corruption come from the barrel of a gun. (Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Tojo, Idi Amin, Mobutu, Milosevic, al-Bashir, among others, have proven that right.)

    - Absolute power and absolute corruption come from the barrel of a financier's pen. (Bernie Madoff, Enron, Fay Richwhite, just to name a few.)

    The truth hurts, eh?

    Gets more relevant with each passing day.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

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