Colossal Movie

In the last week or so I watched The Golden Compass (2007), Magic Mike (2012), Reno: 911 Miami (2007), Colossal (2017) and Argo (2012). The Golden Compass The concept of this is at least one step too far from this movie being successful. In contrast to other YA book series to movie properties, the story here isn't that far removed and many of the special effects are rather eye catching. There is a scene in this movie before the final act where two polar bears fight and the final blow has the protagonist bear ripping off the jaw of the other bear and biting the open wound. They avoid showing blood or focusing too much on that piece of action so The Golden Compass did not end up with an R r

Premium Pi

The last few weeks I watched The Simpsons Movie (2007), Premium Rush (2012), Life of Pi (2012), and Once (2007). The Simpsons Movie Better than expected, this longer form of a Simpsons episodes slows the pace down just enough to let the comedy breath. It's a little heavy in a story line where Marge is questioning whether they should stay married. This is a story line that gets played out a bit in episodes on TV and the quality of animation isn't much more advanced than the show either. It doesn't look bad, it's just that TV animation has become quite advanced over the last ten years. The difference is the pace of the jokes and the quality of those jokes. The Simpsons are going to Alaska

Spring NL Central Preview

As the season starts to gain some steam here, is the last division, the NL Central, because opening day doesn't really count that much for the rest of the season, unless your closer has a mental breakdown he can't come back from. Predicted Standings Chicago Pittsburgh St. Louis Milwaukee Cincinnati It's not a big surprise to have the Cubs here, they essentially don't change much with their team, swapping out a few ancillary players here and there, but keeping the same championship moving pieces in place. They are odd that they are spending so much for Jason Heyward to be a defensive replacement/platoon outfielder, but the team is built to move players around the field based on the match up

The Darjeeling Unchained Dark Thirty

Since the last post I've gone through a real mixed bag of hits and misses. I watched: The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Django Unchained (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), Cloud Atlas (2012), Pitch Perfect (2012), Hot Fuzz (2007). The Darjeeling Limited With an awareness of pretentiousness and cultural ignorance this movie succeeds in telling a great story in a far away land without being a fish out of water farce. It's beautiful, it's funny, it's touching. I'm not sure all of the Anjelica Huston scenes are my favorites. She does make those scenes just unsettling enough to understand that she isn't a saint, she's a very self-involved person who manifests that vanity t

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