Archive for July, 2010

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Past and Future Tense”

July 28, 2010

Burn Notice had two relatively well known guest stars this week and both were used pretty well.  My thoughts about Burt Reynolds and Richard Kind and how they fit into Burn Notice after the jump.

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Film Review: Inception

July 23, 2010

When I first heard that Christopher Nolan was making a new film called Inception from an original script written by himself and his brother, I was excited.  The original description of the film was “a thriller set in the architecture of the mind” and that sounded at once thrilling and a great way for Nolan to explore some very large themes about the human mind and consciousness.  While the finished product is not a perfect film, nor will it change the way that movies are made or the way that you watch movies, it is an intensely entertaining and intellectual thrill ride that is well worth the time spent watching it and pondering the many ideas and themes that arise from the story.  It is, simply put, a fantastic film that couldn’t come at a better time in the middle of a summer filled with very few original ideas and films that have felt snapped together with no real spark of life.  Inception is certainly a refreshing spark of life.

From here on out in the review, there might be some mild spoilers.  It is difficult to talk about this film without running into spoilers, even by talking about what is not in the film.  So I would recommend for you to go to theatre and watch Christopher Nolan’s latest film and then come back here to engage in a conversation about it.  The rest of my thoughts after the jump.

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Trailer Alert: The Social Network

July 21, 2010

If you had asked me at the beginning of 2010 what the three films were that I was looking forward to the most in the upcoming year, I would have said Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the Coen brother’s True Grit, and David Fincher’s The Social Network (okay there is a small caveat here that if Terrance Malick’s The Tree of Life actually comes out this year, it is by far my most anticipated film).  Fincher is one of those directors whose next project is always of interest to me simply because he has shown that he takes his time and cares about his material.  The man knows how to direct and anything he does will at least be of interest to me.  Anything he does includes directing a movie with a script written by Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing and Charlie Wilson’s War fame) about the rise of facebook starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield (the next Spiderman), Rashida Jones, Joe Mazzello (who was wonderful as Sledge in The Pacific), and Justin Timberlake.  The teaser trailers a few weeks back made this seem like a dark drama about friendship and college interactions and the first full length trailer helps to solidify that belief.  I am compelled by the images I am seeing in that trailer and the great one-liners that play with the footage are even better making this actually feel like a very real, very intense drama.  Count me as excited for what Fincher and company have in store for this film:

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TV Thoughts: The Good Guys – “Hunches and Heists”

July 21, 2010

I thought I would check back in with one of the shows I have been enjoying this summer, but one of the shows for which I have not been writing up my weekly thoughts.  My thoughts on how Dan and Jack are doing after the jump

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Entry Point”

July 17, 2010

After a week off, Michael Westen was back yesterday for another thoroughly enjoyable episode of Burn Notice.  My thoughts after the jump.

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Film Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

July 16, 2010

I had never heard of the book series by Stieg Larsson before I saw the first trailer for this film.  Likewise I had not read any of the books before watching this film a few days ago.  My thoughts about the film as its own entity after the jump.

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Film Review: The A-Team, The Ghost Writer, and the state of summer cinema

July 12, 2010

I wanted to look at the last 2 films that I saw in the theatre and talk a bit about my feelings towards what I have been seeing recently and cinema in general.  All of that after the jump.

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