September 17th, 2009

Movies

In Theaters: Inglorious Basterds

Pleasant surprise on Saturday as last-minute plans turned into a handful of the Maryland crew trekked up towards Rockville to catch a movie with us, followed by late night diner fare and good conversation. (They all live in Laurel/Columbia, so we don't get to see them often enough anymore.) At the risk of getting too maudlin, it was one of those fancy evenings where everything just falls into place. Great times.

Oh, and the movie. Inglorious Basterds was in fact even better than I expected. Like other recent Tarantino flicks, the runtime is a little long, but he packs a lot of movie into that, and I honestly couldn't tell you what I would pull. It's violent and fun, well worth your time to catch it on the big screen.

New trailers:
* Inception - Man, I have no idea what this is about. But, it's Christopher Nolan, and he's kind of batting a thousand, so we're in.
* The Wolfman - Could be good. Oddly, I'd have more confidence after seeing the trailer if I didn't know it was a big-budget affair.

News

Glenn Beck, missile defense, and Scooby-Doo

"The global recession is expected to push 89 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of 2010, the World Bank said Wednesday as it called on the leaders of the 20 largest economies to engage in 'responsible globalization.'"

THURSDAY NEWS:
* Whoah. Obama announces cancellation of the proposed missile defense shield in eastern Europe.
* Top read: David von Drehle's in-depth profile of Glenn Beck.
* David Ignatius discusses changes the CIA needs to embrace.
* Analysis: why it might be good news that the Baucus health care bill is so unpopular.
* 'Why it makes sense to insure illegal immigrants.'
* Recession drives worker morale and job satisfaction way down.
* Blockbuster plans to close many stores and add kiosks.
* Unexpected: Cartoon Network's live-action Scooby-Doo premiere sets records for the network.