movies (and a cautionary tale)

I'm writing a couple of posts that aren't done yet, so here are a few comments about some current and upcoming movies (and other things):

1. I want to see Beasts of the Southern Wild.

2. David Cronenberg can be effective when he's being conventional and historical (as in A Dangerous Method), but his best movies are the ones that no other director could ever have made (Naked Lunch, eXistenZ). It looks like Cosmopolis could be one of the latter ones.

3. Still eagerly awaiting Resident Evil Retribution.

4. I am one of those people who views with dismay the news that The Hobbit will now be made into three movies. I was dubious about two movies, but three? I gather Jackson et al will be bringing in lots of material from other Tolkien writings, but will it then really be The Hobbit, a book which is very different in tone from Lord of the Rings? Yes, I know, the Lord of the Rings movies are great, but by that logic Prometheus would be as good as Alien. Which it isn't.

5. Oh, and here's today's cautionary tale (nothing to do with movies): "How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking." Repeat it with me: If data doesn't exist in three places, it doesn't exist. And "three places" means three different places, not connected to each other.

Later: A few more articles about the cautionary tale. There are some good suggestions in the second one:

  1. "The Cloud Security Lesson Apple Should Have Learned From Gmail"
  2. "Lessons Learned from Apple iCloud Hack"
  3. "Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist’s Devastating Hack"

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