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檔案風暴 (City Hall)

Hosting by John Cusack and Al Pacino, City Hall should be a film worth of expectaion.
Still I don't know why but from the very beginning of the movie, I kinda of feel that
it might not sell very well ultimately.
I am not sure about its sales amount for certain,yet I just cannot buy the combination of the two leading actors.
Sure! Both of them are successful and well-known performers, winning lots of important awards.
they just don't fit each other.
I have no problem about Al Pacino playing the role of the mayor of NY City with ambition to compete
to be the future candidate of U.S. president.
The problem comes from John Cusack, I think...

I don't believe in him!
He plays as a faithful vice mayor who not only respects the mayor but handles almost everything him.
I am sorry!
 probably due to the strong impression from other movies,
I keep thinking him as a rebel who would eventually causes the downfall of the mayor
(he did, indeed! But in a justice way...)
The two cann't play together for both of them carry a sense of ambiguity, kinda of in-betweenness.
Like what Al Pacino mentions in the end of the movie that they are the people with "gray" color on them.
that is, they have to swing between black and white, right and wrong, true and false.
And it is never easy to play that role.
to live on his words, the mayor helps his friend to buy off the judge, leading to the innocent death of several people.
On the other hand, John Cusack the young, go-for-it, politician is not willing to follow this kind of life philosophy,
determining to unmask the truth.
Sounds like a fair character,right?

Iif this is the case, I think Keanu Reeves would be a better choice instead of John Cusack.
The latter should play that kind of character with the flavour of nervous.

THat's it,
A good movie with bad ending (why did the director add that part which John Cusacj runs for a councillor?)
A good movie with not so good character choice.

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the sign

This is the talisman that I bought last year in Japan. It came from a famous temple which is shown in Geisha. the exact temple in which the heroine runs across numerous red gateway.
the talisman is meant to protect the one who wears it and to reconcile the possible danger before hand.
Usually, I am not a very superstitious person. however this kind of trivial signs always bother me a lot.
Every time something close to me is broken or lost, I could not help but wonder if there was something happened and I did not know for the moment and forever.
The sense of insecurity would annoy me for a while until the busy life schedule pushs me further.

On the other hand, I am kind of released at this moment, for I tend to assume this talisman had
solved some possible problem or danger for me.

This evening on my way to the MRT station, this Fox-shaped talisman dropped on the elevator.
Immediately I pick it up and keep it in my bag.
Then once again, I wonder what could happen and what would happen~

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