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May. 14th, 2009 07:17 pm
jenk: Faye (librarian)
I somehow think the reviews of Angels & Demons may be more amusing than the movie itself.

A. O. Scott:
Its preposterous narrative, efficiently rendered by the blue-chip screenwriting team of Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, unfolds with the locomotive elegance of a Tintin comic or an episode of “Murder, She Wrote.” Mr. Howard’s direction combines the visual charm of mass-produced postcards with the mental stimulation of an easy Monday crossword puzzle. It could be worse.

The only people likely to be offended by “Angels & Demons” are those who persist in their adherence to the fading dogma that popular entertainment should earn its acclaim through excellence and originality. It is therefore not surprising that the public reaction so far has been notably calm. [...]

Robert Ebert:
This kind of film requires us to be very forgiving, and if we are, it promises to entertain. "Angels & Demons" succeeds.

[...] Why not just blow up the place? What is the purpose of the scavenger hunt? Has it all been laboriously constructed as a test of Langdon's awesome knowledge? [...] I don't know, and, reader, there is no time to care.
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"“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife. It is also a nightmare account of an endless home renovation." &mdash Wendell Jamieson
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Am I the only one who is hoping that the "rebooted" Bond will start to get Bond's usual sense of humor?

(No, I haven't seen Quantum of Solace yet. ;)

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May. 30th, 2008 12:52 pm
jenk: Faye (Coupling)
I went to see Indiana Jones on Wednesday ([livejournal.com profile] jw1776 and [livejournal.com profile] skydancer figured out the plan, then asked me, the day after we got back to Seattle. I guess that means they still like me or something? :)

My initial thought, with spoilers, most need to highlight to read, but if you're using a screen reader or have locked down page-specified formatting... )

While talking movies, I often love the explanations for the ratings in the NY Times. From Iron Man: Most need to highlight to read, and it's not a huge spoiler, but just in case )
jenk: Faye (Meditation)
As clearly and objectively as we think we see things, we begin to realize others see them differently from their own apparently equally clear and objective point of view.
- 7 Habits Daily Calendar

Luke: You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father!
Obi-Wan:Your father... was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true ... from a certain point of view.
Luke: From a certain point of view!?
Obi-Wan: Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

- Return of the Jedi
jenk: Faye (tinyme)
Am I the only person who gets nauseous from handheld camera shots?

A bit of last night's "Painkiller Jane" movie made me seriously nauseous. Today I tried to watch BSG's the "the story so far" clip but the opening had me double-checking that my chair wasn't moving...shortly thereafter I gave up.

I know hand-held is all the rage. Firefly used it a lot. But no, I'm not adding Blair Witch to my Netflix queue!
jenk: Faye (maggie)
I ran into this on the slog and couldn't resist.

Defective Yeti published a few factual inaccuracies in "The Path To 9/11". (comments are mine)

  • Evidence that the Taliban was founded by Tipper Gore is (alas) circumstantial at best.

  • The scene in which Howard Dean punches Jesus is a dramatization. (He actually punched St Francis, but concerns that depicting St Francis would be misunderstood by non-Catholics dictated a change.)

  • Blooper! When the Clintons are in bed and Bill is reading to Hillary "to get her in the mood" he is holding Mein Kampf upside-down. (His accent, however, is impeccable.)

  • The finale, in which Bush crashes Airforce One into a remote Afghan stronghold, emerges unscathed from the wreckage, and defeats Al Qaeda using nunchucks and pyrokinesis, is actually a composite of several different events.


There's more over at the defective yeti...

My.

Sep. 8th, 2006 06:48 pm
jenk: Faye (eyes)
I once sat in a car forever waiting for my mom to come out of a grocery store. I thought that was the definition of "interminable." I had no idea "The Path to 9/11" was in my future.

This is what happens during 4 1/2 lonnnng hours of "Path." Terrorists talk about killing Americans for Allah. FBI and other security officials try to track them but fail. 9/11 happens.

You don't say.

This is the most anticlimactic, tension-free movie in the history of terrorist TV.
- Doug Elfman writing in the Chicago Sun-Times
No, really, tell us what you think....
jenk: Faye (ZoeCanHurtYou)
Morena Baccarin (Inara) accepting Serenity's Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form Hugo.

Joss won the Best Script Nebula for Serenity, so now it's on the list of joint Hugo AND Nebula winners.
jenk: Faye (Kim)
The Dish is an Aussie movie about Australia's Parkes radio telescope and its role in receiving TV & radio broadcasts from Apollo 11. It's got some funny stuff, tho I doubt all of the snafus in the movie were real ;) It also could skip the whole "present-day frame" bit, tho at least it's mercifully short. Might be a good double-feature with Apollo 13.

It would likely be of particular interest to those of you into radio ([livejournal.com profile] jhulten) or space (too numerous to mention). I found the geeks-on-a-timeline fun, and the recap of Apollo 11 coverage fascinating - I'm young enough that I have no memories of Apollo 11, but old enough that it wasn't something I studied in school.
jenk: Faye (read)
Here's an interesting article on the philosophical & theological elements in the movie Groundhog Day from the National Review Online.
When the Museum of Modern Art in New York debuted a film series on "The Hidden God: Film and Faith" [in 2003], it opened with Groundhog Day. [...] According to the New York Times, curators of the series were stunned to discover that so many of the 35 leading literary and religious scholars who had been polled to pick the series entries had chosen Groundhog Day that a spat had broken out among the scholars over who would get to write about the film for the catalogue.
(And yes, happy Imbolc, Candlemas, St Brigid's day, and anything else being celebrated now ;)
jenk: Faye (eyes)
"Saved!" was fun. I actually liked Macaulay Culkin's character. And for once a cool movie prom ;) a few quotes, so, spoiler warning )

The beginning, in particular, sent [livejournal.com profile] dianthus and I reminiscing about our fundie days. I think we scared [livejournal.com profile] jw1776.
jenk: Faye (Default)
"Last time I spoke with Alex, we had a fight. I yelled at him."
"That's probably why he killed himself."
- Meg and Nick

"The offices were very clean, and the clients were only raping the land, and then, of course, there was the money. El Greedo strikes again."
- Meg explaining why she left the Philadelphia Public Defender's Office for real estate law.

"Nobody said it was going to be fun - at least nobody said it to me."
- Richard explaining why he thought Alex couldn't handle life.
Read more... )
"What, nobody thinks they're a bad person. I'm not even claiming that people always think they're doing the right thing. They may know that they're doing something dishonest or insensitive or manipulative but they almost always think there's a good reason for doing it. They almost always think that it will turn out for the best in the end. And even if it just it turns out best for them, cause by definition what's best for them is what's best."
"Mm-hm"
"Now look. In addition, you instantly come up against the question of style. My style may be too, uh, direct. Perhaps given my style, I seem more nakedly opportunistic or jerky or uh...what was the other thing?"
"Uh, manipulative?"
"Whatever. Really all that's happening is that I'm trying to get what I want. Which is what everyone else does, only their styles are so warm or charming or sincere or otherwise phoney that you don't realize they're just trying to get what they want. So you see, my transparent efforts are in a way much more honest and admirable."
"Why is it what you just said strike me as a massive rationalization?"
- Michael and Sam

"Does the suit come with the machete?"
- Harold to Sam, re: a scene on his TV show

Wow

Mar. 1st, 2003 05:42 pm
jenk: Faye (eyes)
I just read A Traditional-Archery Enthusiast's Guide to FOTR & Legolas/Orlando Bloom's archery. Wow. Useful info for any Tolkien and/or Green Arrow fan... ;)

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