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Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau (2011) March 30, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Movie Reviews, Reviews.
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The other day I had a choice of Battle: LA and The Adjustment Bureau, and the general consensus with friends was the former, so I went with it and had a decent time (review here).  The Adjustment Bureau was supposedly ‘crap’ and ‘boring’, though one voice of reason suggested that it was ‘better than expected’.

To be honest, I had really wanted to see The Adjustment Bureau.  From the trailer, it looked like one of those classic sci-fi thrillers (and as I discovered, it was loosely based on a short story by Philip K Dick, the man responsible for Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report, but of course also Paycheck and Next) where you don’t know what the hell is going on but it’s nonetheless all very exciting and thought provoking.

As it turned out, The Adjustment Bureau was both different to what I expected and better than I expected.  If you go into it thinking it’s going to be anything like Blade Runner, Total Recall or Minority Report, you’ll probably come away bitterly disappointed.

There are thilling moments, but The Adjustment Bureau is at its heart an epic love story between a budding politician (played by Matt Damon) and a contemporary dancer (Emily Blunt).  And while it has sci-fi elements and a sci-fi feel to it, it’s not really sci-fi either.  Does fantasy romance with a religious slant count as a genre?

There’s not much of a mystery involved either as you discover what the ‘Adjustment Bureau’ really is relatively early on.  That’s because the focus of the movie is always firmly on the love story.

Therefore, whether you believe in the romance plays a huge part in whether or not you can appreciate the film.  I must admit I was one of the ones that did, mainly because of the excellent chemistry between Damon and Blunt.  Ordinarily I would have thought such an obviously contrived romance would be cringeworthy, but I actually found it rather sweet.  Maybe it’s just the romantic in me.

So while the film was a slow crawl in parts and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you think about it, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I enjoyed it.  It’s really a fable about fate and love, and gets you thinking about free will, chance, and whether there are people out there who are meant to be together.

3.5 stars out of 5

My Career Tarot Reading February 25, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Misc, On Writing, Paranormal.
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I’ve always been terrified of tarot cards.  I mean, come on, in every TV show or movie that features tarot cards, things never turn out well.  People always get ‘The Devil’ or ‘The Hangman’, or something ominous.  And then they die a gruesome death.

Nevertheless, I tried a tarot reading for the first time last year after borrowing a set from a friend and former colleague.  I was at that point in my life where I had already decided on a career change, but was terrified of the unknown and what lay ahead of me.

Thanks to the booklet accompanying the deck, I learned a lot about tarot cards and got quite addicted to them, conducting several ‘readings’ for friends during office hours (we either used the meeting rooms or went down to the cafeteria).

As it turned out, they are not as frightening as Hollywood has made them out to be, though I still get scared every time I do a reading for myself.  Cards can be interpeted differently, and your future is supposedly subject to change all the time.  As they like to say in the movies, your destiny is in your own hands.

Anyway, I returned the deck and stayed away from tarot cards until last week, when I downloaded a tarot app called ‘Tarot Holic’ on my iPad.  It’s apparently the #1 top paid lifestyle app in South Korea!

The app has several types of readings, and the first one I went for was an ‘In-depth Career Spread’ with 5 cards.  What that meant exactly I wasn’t sure, but I was ready to find out.  It has almost been a year since I left the legal profession and took the plunge to become a ‘writer’.  So far I am still a student, but I’m slowly making progress, even if it’s not as much as I have hoped for.

So, I selected 5 cards by concentrating on my questions and tapping on a spread out deck.  And the results were very interesting…

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