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A quick take on The Avengers

Lisa and I caught a Friday afternoon showing. We both felt like we got our popcorn money’s worth. I may have some deeper thoughts later, but for now here’s my initial take: * New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott was … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Double

The Devil’s Double is an independent film loosely based on the autobiography of Latif Yahia, an Iraqi soldier conscripted to serve as the body double of Uday Hussein, subbing for him at public events where the risk of assassination was … Continue reading

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Contagion

Lisa and I saw this over the weekend. If you’ve been thinking about checking it out, but were worried that it might be upsetting, you should know that it’s mostly harmless. Even though it’s about a mass tragedy, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau

This was a lot of fun, definitely one of the better Philip K. Dick-inspired films. It’s not really an SF film, more like a Dickian take on Heaven Can Wait—the adjusters of the title are angels in the guise of … Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go

Saw this the other night. It’s a well-made, well-acted, utterly depressing SFnal film about clones being raised for organ harvest in alt-world England. Imagine Gattaca if Ethan Hawke’s character had chosen to remain a janitor and died alone of heart … Continue reading

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“Because she was lonely”

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michael Caine explains why he made certain career choices: Given how many great films you’ve made, does it disappoint you when people want to talk about the ones that didn’t do so well? No, what annoys me … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This was finally in stock at Netflix. Lisa proclaims it “watchable, but not enjoyable,” which I think is a fair summary. Some thoughts of my own: * If I hadn’t just read this review lamenting the Mary-Sueism of the book … Continue reading

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Survival of the Dead

Maybe I’m just pining for my youth, but after watching this latest installment, I feel like the George Romero slow-zombie series peaked in the late ’70s.

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The Cove

Well, that was harrowing. Gotta say, the most disturbing thing about this documentary for me was not the images of the dolphin slaughter (although it is clear that the Japanese did not consult with Temple Grandin about humane killing methods). … Continue reading

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A question occasioned by last night’s viewing of Creation

Do pet orangutans share chimpanzees’ history of turning on and attacking their keepers, or is that more strictly a chimp thing? (I’m not planning on getting one, but I did wonder whether Paul Bettany might be putting his fingers at … Continue reading

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