January 29th, 2006


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Match Point was pretty damned good. A tight drama with excellent characterization and acting. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers does a great job with a tough part. Bonus points for Brian Cox and Spud. The movie is so, so British, in a good way. I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say, it leads you one place, and ends in another. Recommended.

And yes, it's a Woody Allen movie, but he's not in it, so it's OK.

Oh, but the audience was terrible. At least the guy on my right rustling through his popcorn bag ever ten seconds stopped halfway through the movie, when he ran out of popcorn to rustle. The people on Selene's left kept talking through more or less the entire movie. like having conversations. And his voice was just deep enough to carry. Gah. It's enough to drive a movie-o-phile like myself out of theaters.

New Trailers:
* Imagine Me & You - Hmmm. I'm not one for romantic dramedy, but this one might just be British enough to work. Plus, Giles.
* Failure to Launch - a.) I hate trailers that tell you the entire movie plot ahead of time. b.) I hate it worse when I *already* don't like the ending. c.) If Terry Bradshaw is in your movie, don't advertise that fact. d.) I liked this movie a lot better when it was called How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days... which also had Matthew McConaughey. Yeesh.
* Dreamgirls - a.) They're actually advertising this 11 months ahead of time? b.) And by 'advertising,' I mean 'not telling us anything about the movie, only that it's about a girl band.'

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"A bit over a week ago, President Bush and his men promised to provide the legal, constitutional and moral justifications for the sort of warrantless spying on Americans that has been illegal for nearly 30 years. Instead, we got the familiar mix of political spin, clumsy historical misinformation, contemptuous dismissals of civil liberties concerns, cynical attempts to paint dissents as anti-American and pro-terrorist, and a couple of big, dangerous lies."
-NYTimes editorial

Climate-change scientists wonder when we will reach 'the tipping point.'

Happy Year of the Dog, everyone.

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