July 5th, 2005


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"A nation's success or failure in achieving democracy is judged in part by how well it responds to those at the bottom and the margins of the social order... The very problems that democratic change brings - social tension, heightened expectations, political unrest - are also strengths. Discord is a sign of progress afoot; unease is an indication that a society has let go of what it knows and is working out something better and new."
-Sandra Day O'Connor

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I typically stick to reviewing movies I see in the theater, and not those on DVD or cable. However, over this weekend, I saw two such films that warrant an exception.

The Final Cut - Low-budget scifi flick from last year, only got an indy release. Robin Williams takes the footage of a person's entire life (from a bio-organic implant behind the subject's eye, implanted before birth) and edits it into a ReMemory, sort of a movie version of the person's life. But he sees something in the footage of a recent subject that he recognizes from his past. I'm no fan of Mr. Williams, but he does well here. Kooky stuff, not as surreal as it sounds, well worth checking out.

A Dirty Shame - There's no other way to say it: John Waters isn't just a Baltimorean treasure, he is a *national* treasure. Every time you think the movie will have nothing left to shock you with, by heavens they pull out one more stop and there it is. Subversive doesn't begin to cover it. It's a treat, on a number of levels. If you check it out on DVD, make sure to watch the featurette on the making of the film. Yes, over an hour long, but highly informative and pretty funny in its own right. Oh, and make sure you get the NC-17 version, because, well, duh.

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War of the Worlds was very enjoyable. Yes, I hated all of the characters, but I think we were supposed to. But we're there for the action and disaster, and both were done very well. Much like I always very careful walking through the parking lot after watching a zombie movie, I think most of the drive home I was watching the treeline for tripods. And make sure to watch for... wait. It's a spoiler, so...

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But anyways.

New trailers:
* Sky High - Been waiting for a trailer for this for a while, and it didn't disappoint. Yes, it's like a live-action version of The Incredibles. But it looks to be fun.
* The Island - Yet another "high-octane" trailer. Still unsold, despite the plot.
* The New World - Ye-ah, maybe. Historical epics really need to win me over these days. And Christopher Plummer, quit impersonating Ian McKellan.
* Four Brothers - See also: maybe. Marky Mark and Andre 3000 is a potent combination.
* Elizabethtown - Wait, they have Orlando Bloom and he doesn't have a sword *or* a bow? Can he do it? Anyways, some people like this Cameron Crowe guy. Might be too sappy. We'll see.