Tonight I watched two movies, staying up way late (as you can tell by the time of this post). I suppose the lateness is a tribute to the fact that the second one, Firewall, didn’t suck. It wasn’t great, but I still know someone who’d label it a “crapfest”. What amused me most was that they tried hard to get the computer bits right, but didn’t quite succeed. Consider this shot of a terminal:
Franky, they did pretty well. It looks like a real Unix terminal, with a suspended process and all. It has two main flaws. First, you don’t have to enter a password after suspending a process (that’s the
+ stopped wiretransfer) bit. It should just drop you back into the shell. Also, they ALMOST got the
mount command right. They just added a bunch of spaces next to slashes. It’s as though a Unix-literate person wrote out what the terminal should look like, but when it came time for the movie people to put it up on a screen, they didn’t know where the spaces should go. For example, running the script should actually look like:
The other movie is called Primer. I highly recommend it. It’s a time travel movie that is good, and then gets completely mind-bogglingly convoluted. I hear that you get a lot out of watching it a second time. It’s surely the best time-travel movie ever made, not that that’s a great feat.