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January 17th, 2010

10:23 pm - Tom Wilkinson's Michael Clayton Monologue

One of those rare movies where, by two minutes in, you know you've spent your eight bucks wisely:

If Tom Wilkinson is ever hard up for money, he has a career waiting for him in the audio book market.

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November 3rd, 2009

11:59 pm - Old School Japanese Cinema: Sword of Doom

Lately I've been on a samurai movie kick. Most of my viewing experience has been Kurosawa but I wanted to branch out, and I watched Okamoto's Sword of Doom.

This one was pretty dark, and violent: the last seven minutes alone featured an epic, blood-splattering, ear-cringing, high body count showdown. The plot centers around a samurai (or, at least, a wannabe one) named Ryunosuke Tsukue, whose hobbies include killing defenseless old men, sake, and assassinating government leaders. As the movie progresses he commits numerous acts of violence but also is increasingly haunted by them. I became quite fond of actor Tatsuya Nakadai's cryptic stares into nothiness: was he cruelly detached, or shocked by who he had become? Good flick.


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October 13th, 2009

10:15 pm - Assassination of Jesse James (Or, Casey Affleck is a Mad Genius and Sam Rockwell is Packing Heat)

He was ashamed of his boasting, his pretentions of courage and ruthnessness. He was sorry about his cold-bloodedness, his dispassion, his inability to express what he now believed was the case: that he truly regretted killing Jesse...

I'm so glad I snatched this one up for $9. I still adore it. I didn't think it possible, but I love Casey Affleck's performance EVEN MORE the second time around. I hate and love his Bob Ford. He starts out so obesqueous and creepy that I want to crawl onscreen and smack his stalker bitch-ass but slowly he pulls me into the anxiety he feels at the prospect of killing his idol, and ultimately I sympathize with him in the aftermath. There's something of a coming of age story in this, and my favorite scene is where he talks to Dorothy Evans with a sense of self-deprecating humor and melancholy:

"You know what I expected? Applause. I was only twenty years old then. I couldn't see how it would look to people. I was surprised by what happened.They didn't applaud."

And because it's the internet and at least semi-anonymous I can confess that Sam Rockwell cannot fail to be hot. Brad Pitt is only third hot here. Casey with his smoldering emo-eyes and baby face is number two. Sam is number one, and that's bearing this description of Charley Ford in mind: "he's ugly as sin and he smells like a skunk and he's so ignorant he couldn't drive nails in the snow". Please don't ask me to explain myself on this one. Just accept that beneath the outer surface there's a raging Sex God in Sam Rockwell.

Dear Hollywood: Less Pitt, More Rockwell!

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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July 5th, 2009

10:22 pm - Ethan Hawke Vampire Movie?

Browsing Apple Trailers, this one has me intrigued. The release date of January 2010 is of serious concern (January/February is the traditional dumping ground for Crap Movies), but Ethan Hawke is hot, Sam Neill is giving me the right kind of creepy vibes and the presence of Willem Dafoe automatically makes it cool.

Current Mood: sicksick

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March 24th, 2009

12:14 am - ["NOT THE BEES!!!"] Enjoy Some Excellent Nicholas Cage Crack
I honestly can't decide whether this is insultingly bad or comedy genius.

Current Mood: amusedamused

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March 8th, 2009

06:33 pm - Watchmen

Hey, just got back from Watchmen. Really enjoyed it.

I'm not quite sure how to word this: I feel like in a way it doesn't actually work as a movie -- at least conventionally in terms of pacing and it's ability to be processed by the average movie goer who has to take it all in in just one sitting. It's more like a supplement -- a tribute -- to the comic. I really enjoyed all the performances and the use of the music. Jackie Earl Haley was, hands down, the best of the ensemble when his mask came off, but I also very much enjoyed Mathew Goode as Ozy: I felt like he captured a great mix of melancholy and smugness (and strangley I found him incredibly hot).

Current Location: mars
Current Mood: happyhappy

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February 10th, 2009

09:52 pm - New York Comic Con
Because I couldn't get around to it sooner...

My Adventures Sunday at NYCCCollapse )

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July 18th, 2008

10:49 pm - TDK: at last!
 So I saw The Dark Knight tonight. It was epic. Amazing. Perfect performances. 

There was a lot of hype around Heath Ledger's performance - and he more than matched it. In all of his scenes he was electric - I've never seen someone pop off screen like his Joker. I was more than happy with my boy Aaron Eckhart (I say my boy because while everyone was hyping over Ledger!Joker I was flailing over seeing Eckhart!Dent): he brings such warmth to the screen - I can't explain it; he's also incredibly sexy due to said warmth. But I digress...Bale was great. Freeman was great. Caine was great. Maggie G was also great: she took a token 'love interest' role and turned it into a flesh and blood character.

Current Location: under Harvey Dent
Current Mood: crazycrazy
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June 29th, 2008

12:38 am - Tim Roth

My mum doesn't think that Tim Roth was hot in The Incredible Hulk. In fact she thought he was ugly.

I think I was switched with some other baby at birth. This woman cannot be related to me.

Current Mood: distresseddistressed

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June 1st, 2008

01:05 am - Cool TDK Picture
So I'm aiming to be in major spoiler free lockdown mode with The Dark Knight. I was spoiled for Revenge of the Sith, I was spoiled for X3, I was spoiled for Spider-Man 3 - all by my own choice - and now I'm just sick of it. Trying something new for a change. So I haven't really been on spoilery boards like the one on SHH lately, but I popped over there to see if there were any new pictures.

And I thought this one was so cool looking and a little squeetastic. And also, I love when Aaron Eckhart poses like that. I'm seriously going to need a drool bucket at the theater.  

Current Mood: naughtynaughty

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