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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Mighty Heart

Solid effort. It is neither jingoistic nor sentimental. Somehow it feels suspenseful even when you know how it's going to end. The only part that was a little hard to swallow was Angelina Jolie as Perl's wife. Don't get me wrong; Jolie's performance was superb. She's just too sexy for this role.

I can't stop wondering why Pearl was so honest about his Jewish background when dealing with the jihadists. In one scene he is asked if he is Christian. He says no, and -voluntarily- says his family is Jewish but not religious. Something tells me that was what sealed his fate. What was he thinking?

Overall a 7.5 rating is deserved.

A footnote: Daniel Perl worked for the North Adams Transcript and the Berkshire Eagle, according to the Wikipedia page on him.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

the killing of a chinese bookie

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074749/

I think David Lynch must have been a Cassevettes fan.

"A Peruvian shepard named Bruno
said this about love I do know
a woman is fine; a sheep is divine
but a llama is numero uno."

Monday, November 12, 2007

Rescue Dawn

Excellent film. I wish I'd seen it in a theatre.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Comet Holmes (not a movie)

Wow. Was it ever bright. I thought it might have been the Intnl Space Station. Huge oblong glowing object in the sky. I can only imagine how bright it looked from the middle of the Pacific or New Mexico. It was/is the brightest thing I have ever seen in the night sky aside from the moon.

"Comet Holmes is seen among the stars of the constellation Perseus in the North-Eastern sky just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. The comet's gas cloud continues to expand over the last 10 days after a sudden eruption and is still visible with the unaided eye." (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

Superfly

Pretty amusing. New York didn't look so glamorous back then, not that this film is shot in any part of town I would recognize. Pretty good blacksploit flick. Not as good as Shaft but worth watching.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069332/

Friday, November 2, 2007

A History of Violence

Pro: Good movie. The director had an economical style. All the dialog was carefully composed. The plot was pared down to the absolute essential elements. No excess anything in this film. Good performances from all.

Con: It's tough to believe anyone could fight so well with a fresh bullet wound to the shoulder.

I give it an eight of ten. It's a gangster movie that never once seemed formulaic.

s1m0ne

I don't know what compelled me to watch this flick. Prolly the wicked hot blonde babe.
I didn't realize it was a chick flick. Don't waste your time.