Big brother is watching you

Im an honest guy. I dont lie, I dont cheat, and I dont steal. In fact, I go out of my way to make sure that no one even suspects me of deviant behavior like the other day when I left my local bank with one of their pens in my hand. I got all the way into my car and was starting to drive away before I noticed my unintentional acquisition. I could have easily left the premises with zero repercussions, but my guilty conscious made me stop, pull back in, and return it. My honesty stems from my father who drilled it into my head that a persons name was his most valuable possession. Very few doors open for the dishonest man, he would say. And life is all about opening doors. Oddly enough, even though I maintain honest ideals, I still get tweaked when I feel like Im being watched with suspicion. For example, the other day I was wandering through one of the popular big-box stores in town. I wasnt shopping for anything specific, just browsing to see what was available. Im not sure why I looked up, but I suddenly noticed all the cameras that had a line of sight on me. Nowadays the security cameras are housed in half-domes on the ceiling, and although you cant actually see the cameras, the effect is still chilling as the domes take on the appearance of giant eyeballs. As I moved about the store, I began to realize that no matter where I went, the watching eyes could see me. Of course, then I became conscious about not looking at the watching eyes for fear that the watching eyes might think I was up to something suspicious. And the more I tried to not act suspicious, the more I looked like a guy planning on shoplifting. I finally decided to leave the store when the anxiety level had me totally agitated. Unfortunately, exiting the premises didnt produce the calming effect I desired because I immediately noticed more cameras watching me from outside of the building. Not surprisingly, the whole episode left me leery of security cameras, but not nearly as leery as this weeks feature made me feel about every electronic device I own. Eagle Eye, starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan, takes the idea of Big Brother so far that youll never feel comfortable holding a cell phone, watching a television, or listening to an iPod again. Eagle Eye imagines what might happen if a powerful government computer commandeered every electronic device in the country and used them to reshape society. Sound a little improbable? Well, improbable is what this entire film is based on. If you have a hard time suspending disbelief, then Eagle Eye will do nothing but irritate you. If, however, youre willing to jump on board with this films premise, you might just have a fun time during the ride. While it failed to lay out a truly legitimate storyline, it did succeed in keeping your heartbeat revved up to a maximum something a lot of moviegoers (including myself) enjoy from time to time. Check this one out if youre in the mood for a wild ride and little else. A highly caffeinated B- for Eagle Eye. Video pick of the week Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance Have you ever watched a movie (not counting silent films) with absolutely no speaking? Well, Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance is such a film. Released in 1983, Koyaanisqatsi is a visual montage of our world both the natural and the urban. The viewer is whisked on a journey to the most remote and beautiful places on earth and then given the contrast of our most urban sprawl. A mesmerizing score by composer Philip Glass then ties all of these images together. This isnt a film for just any Friday night. Koyaanisqatsi needs to be prepared for because it is unlike anything youve ever seen. On the surface it is nothing more than a continuous stream of images. Look beneath the surface, however, and youll find a deeply moving film. Got a question or comment for Dom? Contact him at moviediary@comcast.net

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