October 28th, 2010


In Theaters: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Couple weeks ago, hit the cinema to catch Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which really needs a shorter title. The pedigree was there: animation looked good, I actually enjoy Zack Snyder's other movies. But I was still a little unsure. Those doubt were pretty unfounded, though. The movie was good, didn't talk down to the kids, didn't slip in lots of modern references to pander to the adults. Played pretty straightforward as a fantasy movie. (I was a little surprised at the fantasy they included, but that was probably just because I didn't know about the story going on.) Was also amused that Snyder used some of the camera tricks from the fight scenes in 300 here as well. Not groundbreaking, but worth seeing on the big screen if you're into fantasy or animated flicks.

New trailers:
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - still trying not to get my hopes up, still failing.
* Tangled - new trailer was slightly more encouraging, but just barely.
* The Nutcracker - Wow. Unexpected. Going for big-screen fantasy, awesome costumes, whole nine yards. Normally I would have written this off, but the trailer may have convinced me otherwise. (Bonus: Richard E. Grant.)
* Yogi Bear - Eek.


Arizona prisons, ancient insects, and salsa Beethoven

* Illustrating how the world sees us vs. how we see ourselves.
* Of course. Private prison companies behind the Arizona anti-immigration push.
* "German multiculturalism was dead long before Angela Merkel buried it for good this week."
* Did the White hour make a mistake with a lack of urgency on certain issues? Or not going big on the stimulus?
* Senator DeMint and the Tea Party shift towards religion.
* Somedays, BAGnewsNotes is a punch in the gut. We get the country we deserve.
* "More than 700 new species of ancient insect have been discovered in 50-million-year-old amber."
* Nice! Giving Beethoven a salsa beat.
* Syfy cancels Caprica. Ouch.