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In Bruges.
Colin Farrell plays an Irish hitman hiding out in Belgium in his new
movie,
In Bruges. Farrell, an Irishman, gives his best performance to
date mostly because he drops the cocky swagger he uses while
playing Americans.

Farrell's character and the character played by
Brendan Gleeson
had to kill a couple of people in order to get a trip to
Bruges
(rhymes with huge). I didn't have to go that far - - it only felt like
death.
Somebodyisfromhere.com was in Bruges for about an hour and a half. An accident on an English highway coming from
London shortened his day trip significantly. He took a ferry from
Dover (England) and landed in Calais (France), taking a bus
the rest of the way.

In Bruges is a drama much in the same way somebodyisfromhere.com is pure journalism. It has some points to make, but it
would rather make you laugh and let you look at cool stuff.

Meanwhile, Bruges is a city in much the same way as - well Somebodyisfromhere.com doesn't know where I'm going with this -
there is nothing, for better or worse, quite like Bruges. Like many European towns, the city is featured around a square which
is showed prominently in the movie. The Belfry in the center, displaying the best views of the city, is where much of the action
takes place. The square is about all Bruges has in common with other cities.
In the film, the city is referred to, both seriously and in jest, as
something out of a fairy tale. There are a number of reasons
for this. Bruges is virtually untouched by the chains of the rest
of the western world. Just as significantly, it's also known as
"Venice of the North"  with canals peppered throughout the city.

Ironically, the city has been able to keep it's charm because it
was forgotten. Once a useful port, it was neglected as cities
such as Antwerp grew more important. When tourism and
other industries returned, the old buildings hadn't gone
anywhere.

The buildings may be old, but certain parts have modernized.
Distinctly European, the city's taxis are Mercedes. This
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combination of old and classy gives the young tourist the feeling that you're vacationing, yet not necessarily in your
comfort zone. Vacationing in Bruges is like partying at your parent's house while they're away for the weekend, have fun,
just don't break anything.

Likewise,
In Bruges isn't like other English (produced) gangster movies. Just because the leads have accents and guns
doesn't make it
Snatch. In fact, it's probably closer in tone to the American Grosse Pointe Blank in that the action is (fairly)
serious but the characters have real emotions. Still, many English movies have an articulate and principled nemesis
(
Gangster No. 1, Sexy Beast, and what the hell, Snatch**) and In Bruges is no different. In this movie, that character is
played by Ralph Fiennes in a role that was as much fun for the viewer to watch as it clearly was for him in playing.

Just like that unspeakable holiday that just passed, the city is primarily known for lace and chocolate.
In Bruges, back to
the movie now, it's stated that the latter is necessary to lure the children in town whereby explaining why the abuse of
children is so prevalent (
somebodyisfromhere.com's researchers have not been able to confirm this). Needless to say,
unlike Bruges' offering of sweets, the movie's humor (and sporadic violence) isn't for everyone.

You probably couldn't spend too many days in Bruges. And you probably couldn't see too many movies like
In Bruges.
Each is refreshing for precisely the same reason though, with so many recycled ideas, it's nice to see a collection of
people who have the guts to bring something different to the table.
** IMDB.com says all three movies came out in the same year. go figure.
Baker Street.
>>> Back then, Baker Street was home of a great, albeit fictional,
detective.

Today, Baker Street is home of a lot of bars... and, well, some other
stuff.

In this millennium, the Baker Street Tube station is one of largest in
London with five different lines.
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