July 31st, 2005

Scorpion

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I Heard It on NPR:
The Religious Roots of American Democracy

Great read: conventional news media has changed dramatically in recent years, and is changing more still. What does it all mean?

Cameras and the war on terror: Britain has become the world's premier surveillance society.

Selling the revolution to Iran. Better read your history, there, guys.

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The public's fascination with celebrities' real lives is overtaking the public's interest in their films and shows.

The LATimes asked its three critics to explain the summer movie slump.

Confusing and fascinating: how a newspaper error fueled a conspiracy theory behind who wrote The Matrix.

Grant Morrison's reimagined New York.

Ten things we didn't know this time last week.
Scorpion

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Sky High combines two of my favorite themes: high school and superheroes. Yes, it's a Disney family movie, so you know what you're getting into. And the plot is as straight as an arrow. But, the slow pace of the first half were more than made up for in the second half. And an 80's soundtrack for no reason! Score. Kurt Russell was a treat, too. And the movie totally should have ben about the bad kid. Enjoyable watch. Hope some other people see it, so I can geek about it later. Would be a great kickoff for a series (which is, I'm sure, what Disney's after.)

New trailers:
* Chicken Little - OK, new trailer is dramatically better. And even funny.
* Oliver Twist - Sorry Mr. Polanski, I don't think Ben Kingsley can overcome my hatred of Dickens.
* Roll Bounce - Oh. Wow. 1970's rollerskating movie. Looks awesome. The costumes alone, man.
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Unexpected bonus! Looks fancy. And my, Hermione is growing up nicely. And, Ralph Fiennes, hee.

Also heard about:
* A Sound of Thunder - Yep, based on the classic Bradbury short story. Huh.
* The Warriors - Tony Scott's doing a remake. Huh.