January 13th, 2006

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Hung out with Baroness last night. Yay! Belated present too. First, tasty s00shi, then to the AFI (wasn't I just there?) to catch...

Casanova was pretty damn good, for what it was. Which was a romance flick with comedy and some action, and scads of awesome costumes. Would have made a great summer film; fun, attractive, entertaining, but not overly deep. And honestly not realistically historical in any way. The casting director deserves an award, too. Everyone does a great job with some relatively goofy roles. Also, the henchmen really made the movie. I'm a big fan of henchmen, and everyone was cast and used really well here. Even Jeremy Irons pulls off some laughs.

New trailers:
* The New World - Slightly longer trailer. Why is this movie being delayed so much? Makes me suspicious. Anyways, looks pretty, but I will totally wait on reviews.
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Attention Toltec, Agent Dieter, Operative X, Regent, Iceman, and all you other Cronenberg fans out there (and I know there's a lot of you, even if you don't admit it in public.) I've been waiting to make this post, but had to wait for them to update their website.

David Cronenberg: A Complete Retrospective
January 13 through February 22

The AFI is hosting a film series of Mr. Cronenberg's works, at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring.

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I'm definitely interested in over half of these, so if you're making plans to attend, let me know. Er, unless you're going to watch Dead Ringers, in which case I'm busy doing, uh, anything other than that.

Personally, I will be making plans to catch Crash and Spider, neither of which I have seen. I'd also love to see Videodrome and eXistenZ on the big screen.
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"Just because the process is political doesn't mean it has to be as empty and as shallow as it is."
-Andrew Cohen

Good read: Dick Meyer on aggressive ostentation.

Doctors Without Borders list the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2005. (Courtesy rackletang.)

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A conundrum of a movie's length.

Ted Koppel heads to NPR.

"There's no physical evidence that the family who gave the Donner Party its name had anything to do with the cannibalism the ill-fated pioneers have been associated with for a century and a half"