Oct 10, 2005


Went to see the movie last night -- was not too bad, in fact might well be one of the better sci-fi movies I got to see in the last few months (that after a total dissatisfaction from watching The Revenge of a Sith). It's also sort of nice to see a movie that does not only rely on CGI to get the effects. I wonder what the budget was -- sure does not look like it was huge -- that with the sort of so-twentieth-cenury cockpit and a high reliance on projectile weapons.

Can't say that the idea of the movie is all that great -- but it shines by having well-written dialogues, as well as by borrowing a bit from original Star Wars and Indiana Jones' movies (the whole Indiana Jones/Han Solo look of Mel -- pretty nostalgic...) in style and little magic.

Fall Impressions

Originally uploaded by ceesaxp.

I suppose this may sound a bit lame and romantic-silly -- but I can't help but feel so amazed that the fall this year here in Moscow is just spectacular. In fact, I can't remember the last time it was so good -- all of September and most of October so far have been dry and sunny -- not your usual Moscow drizzle, lead-grey sky and low-hanging clouds.

As a prove to this -- here is a shot of a butterfly sitting on a window frame at Moscow country-side horse-riding club Otrada. Pretty amazing for Moscow in October.