June 7th, 2013


In Theaters: Now You See Me

It's one thing when a movie is just bad, but it's another when a movie is rather enjoyable, but finds a way to squander all those good feelings. Now You See Me is mostly a great summer movie. The plot is a little thin, and they opt for more special effects than you'd expect, but it's got a great pace to the action, and the actors are highly compelling. Jesse Eisenberg may not have great range, but he does what he does well. And I am now, formally, a Woody Harrelson fan. Right up to the end, it's a great movie, and one I'd have recommended to pretty much anyone looking for a summer action thriller. But then, dude, I don't know. They manage to completely blow the ending, and in a way that would have needed a completely different ending written. It wouldn't have been tough, either, but yeah. Sours the whole process. Catch it on cable some night when you don't really care what you're watching.


The NSA, Steubenville, and fight scenes

* The protests in Turkey claim a very modern persona. Bonus: BAGnewsNotes on the 'lady in red' and iconography. Also, how tear gas is the unifying factor.
* The NSA information-gathering is starting to sound familiar.
* "If convicted for hacking a Steubenville football fan site, he could face 10 years. The rapists got one and two."
* Fighting the ALEC agenda: always check the sources.
* "The College Republicans National Committee report focuses on the GOP's image problem. It's way more fundamental than that."
* Credit where it's due: even Scalia gets it right once in a while.
* Neat: John Rogers explains why you should never write action scenes into your movies.