March 19th, 2008

Movies

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As noted previously, M. and I snuck out last week to cash in the last of our AMC gift cards (a most excellent gift) and caught 10,000 B.C. Right off the bat, no, it wasn't historical, and no, that wasn't a problem. They even make an excuse for it, early in the movie, by explaining it's the story of a legend. And on that mythological level, it works, as that also helps explain the Holllywood-itis that permeates the film. That being said, it's a very visual movie, and a lot of fun for an action flick with a mythological bent. Catch it in theaters if you can, but don't expect much more than a caveman action movie. (Note: amusing spoiler in the comments section.) Also, I want dreads now.

New trailers:
* The Dark Knight - Holy cats, can't wait.
* Speed Racer - Hadn't actually caught this trailer yet, and, uh, huh. A lot more cartoony and scifi than I expected. And the cars in Cars looked more realistic. On the other hand, John Goodman cracked me up with, like, two words.
* Get Smart - Inspired casting, should be fun, and a remake people won't complain about. Fun cast, too (Hiro and the Rock!)
* Wanted - OK, for those who don't know, the awesome comic book this was based on involved a league of supervillains, not a league of assassins. Thusly, while this might be a fun action movie, I will always be a little sad, thinking about the movie we could have had. (Angelina Jolie as Catwoman!) Sigh.
* The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Looks better than the first, already.

News

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"Two deaths, the lynching of a 10-year-old girl and the hanging of Saddam Hussein, provide the grim bookends of my time in Iraq."

How many trillions of taxpayer dollars?: by any measurement, the administration's estimates for the cost of the war in Iraq dramatically missed the mark.

The war in public opinion, five years later.

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Info from the SciFi Channel upfronts, including details on the Galactica prequel and some new shows.

The AVClub interviews Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

News

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"Can you give a State of the Union address before you're president? Barack Obama talked about race in America for 45 minutes in a nearly 5,000-word speech. That was longer than some of the annual presidential addresses, and though, yes, those speeches tend to cover more topics, this one felt like it addressed the actual state of our union more than those dreary January list readings presidents are obligated to perform."
-John Dickerson (courtesy multiplexer)

OBAMA'S "A MORE PERFECT UNION" SPEECH:
* The full text
* "Obama didn't take the easy route." Howard Kurtz covers the media reaction, which has been... impressive.
* Analysis from the Post.
* Editorials from the NYTimes and the LATimes.
* Reactions from Ana Marie Cox and Jay Carney.