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That’s a personal reminder to myself to install that on my desktop when I get home, software that I was completely unaware of.

Hello all, I have a good deal of catching up to do, both South Park and Fringe are waiting for me at home on TiVo and I have a good bit of schoolwork and various things to do around the house, should prove to be a rather busy weekend. Not much is going on, working a bit too much for the amount of work I have at school but it will all work out. How is everyone doing? Huge win for the Falcons this past weekend, where the Flyers remain winless and the Chiefs continue to look terrible.

(lab screening) Salvatore Giuliano – 7.5/10 <- – I will not say much about this film other than the fact that although it was extremely interesting it was incredibly slow and boring up until the final twenty minutes. I typically do not mind slow films but I just couldn’t focus on this film, but the ending was worth it.

(lab screening/ revisit) The Fountain – 8/10 < – – I think I’ve reviewed this before (I watch it fairly often), I love love love this movie despite all of its hatred. Watching it again has just gotten more excited for The Wrestler.

(revisit) Forgetting Sarah Marshall – 5/10 <- – I have reviewed this before, we rented it and probably watched it around three or four times in a week, it is hilarious. “Peter what are you doing in Hawaii? I’m here to murder you (nervously laughs).”

(lab screening) Mamma Roma – 8.5/10 <- – This was such a captivating story, I almost skipped this screening and I was extremely glad that I ended up going. It was such a great story with an absolutely fascinating main character. One of the best movies we’ve watched for that class.

(lab screening) Bubble – 6.5/10 <- – I had never even heard of this film prior to this class, and it’s a fairly recent film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and to be honest, I am not quite sure how I feel about it. My immediate reaction was that I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I am not sure if that is how I truly feel. Another viewing is required for me to genuinely tell you all how I feel, hopefully that will happen soon.

Mongol – 7.5/10 <- – I was very excited about seeing this film earlier this film, but it only played in Atlanta for a couple of weeks and I was unable to see it. It finally came out on DVD and I picked it up last Tuesday, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. The film was beautifully shot, with several captivating moments involving movement along various skylines, the fight scenes were magnificently choreographed, and the story was fairly interesting. The only real problem with this film was its pacing, I enjoyed it but I do not mind (in fact normally warmly accept) slower paced films, but I am sure this facet would be bothersome for most people. All in all, I’d recommend serious movie-watchers to give this film at least one chance due to the fact that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

(revisit) Fight Club – 8/10 <- – I haven’t seen this movie since I read the book, which was roughly five (maybe six) years ago, and I have to say I was impressed. I saw this at a relatively young age and therefore, unable to fully appreciate it, as the years went by I saw it a few more times but never thought much of it outside of “cool” or “interesting.” Cinematically the film is outstanding insofar as Fincher really is a master of his craft, the story of course is amazing, although the book is better as expected, I have to say this is the first time I watched this film and felt that I truly loved it. There were two things I never noticed, *SPOILER* and I believe this holds true in the book as well, the fact that Marla is the flame that ignites the fire that is Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt’s Durden), this can be easily derived from the fact that Tyler is entirely absent from Norton’s Durden’s life prior to her involvement. And the latter being, the insanely enormous statement being made about our subconscious by this film, the notion that we are always striving to be different from what we are, and the fact that we hate those who are out of envy. This is displayed through the apparent dichotomy of Pitt and Norton once they move past Fight Club and into Project Mayhem. I am glad I gave it another shot with a more analytical eye that I did not have last time I watched it, such a great movie.

Sorry about the long break between updates, I’ve been busy these past couple weeks attempting to catch up on things, expect a good deal more posts in the upcoming weeks due to the fact that I have officially decided to start using this blog as a more personal blog in addition to my movie reviews, just keeping people updated on day-to-day events and important things going on, etcetera. I am actually hoping to start providing more in-depth reviews of the films that I watch, I plan on keeping a notebook with me whenever I watch a film (except while in theaters and lab screenings – too dark and perhaps too nerdy) where I scratch various notes and build from those in here. This plan came about after re-reading my tidbit on Boogie Nights and I realized how much I wanted to say but had failed to mention.

The introductory paragraph was actually written about a week ago, so as those who are reading this probably know, the Falcons were off this week, the Chiefs still look terrible, and the Flyers still remain winless, so not much has changed in the world of sports for me. I caught up on Fringe and South Park, I was impressed with Fringe for the most part (the newest episode was subpar but had some decent moments) but I am very disappointed in South Park. “The Breast Cancer Show Ever” was potentially the worst episode to date, while there are various other episodes on the same levels, this show failed to make me laugh but a few times, it was a very unnecessary episode that left a sour taste in my mouth. I have caught up on The Office as well, and the two episodes that followed that travesty of a season premiere have actually been quite good, with “Ethics Seminar” being the best of the season thus far, the writers are brilliantly playing off of the same old routine without making it tired and old, I am very glad to see at least one show is producing the goods lately (outside of American Dad). Speaking of which, The Simpsons was terrible (probably won’t ever be good again), have yet to watch King of the Hill, to be honest I probably will not get the chance to, Family Guy was God awful again (show is dead in my eyes, I doubt a successful return to form in the near future), but American Dad was pretty good, far from their best but still solid. The atrocity that was The Simpsons was only made worse last night by my viewing of “Grift of the Magi,” an amazing episode from Season Ten that just solidified the notion that the show really is gone beyond any form of recovery.

I have a ton of schoolwork this week, but I will keep you all updated, here’s a scary bit concerning Quantum of Solace (my excitement level stays the same) that I thought I’d share with everyone.…casino-royale/

I hope everyone has a great start to the week, thank you for reading.

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Currently Listening to: Murder by Death (discography) until Thursday night!

Currently Reading: Last leg of Affliction, than I think Reflex


Written by thomasbalkcom

October 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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