Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, shares his good fortune bargain-hunting for DVDs with his friends in the Post-Geek Singularity.

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Dear Rob and listeners,

I love DVD hunting in charity shops and second-hand gaming shops. Every once in a while, I come across offers like 4 DVDs for one pound.

In one of these offers, I got CASINO ROYALE with Daniel Craig (probably his best film as Bond); a Bollywood film called SAAWARIYA directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (which I have not watched yet); SYRIANA, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Jeffrey Wright; and, lastly, HERAFTER (also starting Matt Damon).

I think I got a bargain.

The film I wish to talk about is HEREAFTER. I seemed to know nothing about it and when I got around to watching I very much enjoyed it. The story is about Mat Damon’s character (a reluctant psychic who shies away from his gifts) and two other characters and how they eventually meet up.

What I did not know about this film was that it was directed By Clint Eastwood – who also did the soundtrack to the movie.

I knew Clint sang in PAINT YOUR WAGON (I Talk to the Trees) and in HONKY TONK MAN and has a number of albums, but I was unaware of his soundtrack efforts. Since watching HEREAFTER, I discovered that Clint has done the music to UNFORGIVEN and MYSTIC RIVER.

It is nice to discover something about a favorite actor you have not known before. Why this has escaped me I do not know.

I also did not know HEREAFTER was a joint venture by Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg (who was Executive Producer). What do they do? And what is the difference between an Executive Producer and a Producer?

Also involved was Kathleen Kennedy – I enjoy most of her work outside of Star Wars (i.e. TINTIN, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, HEREAFTER). Why couldn’t she have continued to do what worked when she did Star Wars? To me, her work is split in two: her work before Star Wars and her work on Star Wars.

I would recommend HEREAFTER. It is a unusual subject matter for Clint, but I liked it.

As always, thank you for reading out my letters and to you and the listeners live long and prosper.

P.S. I discovered that William Shatner’s Tek War is on you tube and it is fun (Barb Wire-type of fun and much better than STAR TREK: PICARD). I loved the first villain in Tek War, Marty Doller, and his addictive, music machine )

– Stephen Goggin
(The Irishman in Somerset)

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