June 23rd, 2005


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Finally caught Batman Begins last night. Pretty damn awesome. In fact, might even outstrip my previous favorite Batman movie. Bale lived up to my expectations. And they did a wondrous job with Scarecrow, really. Possibly my favorite Batman movie villain. Gordon was very keen, I wanted more scenes with him. Rachel was fine, but forgettable. I did have a bit of a problem with the cowl, though. It just sat a little weird, so it was distracting, either with the cheekbones, or the under-the-chin parts, made his face look fat now and then. But, hey, he could turn his head, so that's a plus. The two things I was worried about the most (Alfred and the Batmobile) also turned out pretty cool, so, victory all around.

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New trailers:
* The Brothers Grimm - I totally didn't recognize Heath Ledger. Plus, bonus Peter Stormare. Looks like a Gilliam-tastic version of Van Helsing which is totally OK by me.
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Selene found the newest trailer very 'Hollywood-ized.' I found it more, well, kid-oriented, which isn't always what I am after with Burton movies. Either way, I'm still gonna give it a go.
* The Island - Why is Scarlett Johansson in an action movie? Anyways, still ehn. However, I'm a big mark for Djimon Hounsou and Michael Clarke Duncan. Also, people tend to like this Sean Bean guy, and this is sort of the only type of movie he can do anymore, so, yeah.
* The Dukes of Hazzard - My companion was very excited by this prospect. I'm not so sure, myself. Decent supporting cast (and by that, I mean Willie Nelson... and Joe Don Baker.) I might have to watch Super Troopers first to see what I might be getting into here.

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"The Supreme Court today ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses for private economic development."

Good read: an interview with potential 2008 candidate Mark Warner. (Courtesy watchdog_va.)

Republicans go after the *real* enemy - the Red Cross.

* Evangelicals building a base in Iraq.
* "Investigators from the United Nations have accused the US of stalling over their repeated requests to visit detainees at Guantanamo Bay."
* "A Pentagon inquiry's finding of no overt religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy strains credibility."
* David Brooks warns against running a war by polls.
* Increased criticism of the Republicans who voted against the Senate's lynching apology.
* Bob Herbert on Jeb Bush's abuse of power.
* "The Bush administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has dangerously undermined U.S. scientific enterprise and national security by abridging the constitutional and academic freedoms that have long fostered the nation's technical superiority."
* "Two influential experts say the Bush administration's plans for human space exploration are doomed to failure without a major infusion of money and fundamental changes in space policy."
* HBO still profitable, but facing new competition.
* Southern Baptists end eight-year Disney boycott.

Public broadcasting walks a fine line while they work to fight threats to their funding.