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Hello all

I am currently sitting in the GSU library getting some random little work done that I have otherwise be incapable of doing thanks to the internet still being down at my house. I am fairly sure it will be repaired today, thankfully as today is my second day back at school. The first two classes of my new semester were excellent, the workload is going to be rough (I am finally having memories rush back from last summer when I was taking one less class and the work was challenging at times) but I think with working less hours at Mimi’s, it should not be as hard as last year.

I am just about finished with John Adams, fantastic miniseries, I am glad I picked it up all those months ago and have been able to enjoy it when I have free time. Mad Men is next, thanks to John who just loaned me the first season. I have really stopped reading altogether, I will pick up Revolutionary Road every once in awhile, plow through about eighty or ninety pages, swear I will pick it up the next day, and never do so. I plan to get through it in the next two weeks or so. The last two days I have actually been getting up on time, if not early, like today, in order to get some work done and I hope I can stick with this for the less than seven week summer session. I will quite rambling and move on to eight more reviews…

140. (revisit) Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005) – 8.5/10 <- – I originally gave this film a 7.5, but after a couple more viewings I have to rate the film higher. I watched it because I thought I would be seeing The Brothers Bloom the next day, but that never worked out so I will more than likely catch it on DVD. If you have never seen this film, immediately do so. It’s a rare film that every time I recommend it to someone or loan it to them they absolutely love it.

141. The Jacket (John Maybury, 2005) – 7/10 <- – I have rented or received this movie roughly four or five times but never got through it. This time I was determined to do so, and I am glad I did. Brody is such a good actor, and it was a really interesting story that the acting only made better.

142. (revisit) Låt den rätte komma in (Tomas Alfredson, 2008) – 6/10 <- – I am dropping this score 2 points, I am not sure why but this film did not have the same effect it had on me when I originally saw it back in January. Interesting and far from bad, and I do enjoy it, just not the best horror release of this decade as I previously labeled it. Well it might still be for me personally as to the fact that I do not enjoy horror films for the most part.

143. Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter, 2001) – 7.5/10 < – – Watched this in preparation for Up and due to the fact that it is one of the only Pixar movies I hadn’t seen. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the film possessed a great story and evoked plenty of laughs.

144. (revisit) No Country for Old Men (Ethan & Joel Coen, 2007) – 10/10 <- – One of the maybe three or four tens I have ever given to a film, just wanted to note that the new Collector’s Edition is absolutely gorgeous and worth every penny (although I do not own it thanks to my own personal feelings about double dipping)

145. (revisit) The Signal (David Bruckner, Dan Bush, & Jacob Gentry, 2007) – 6/10 <- – reviewed before

146. Up (Pete Docter, 2009) – 8.5/10 <- – This film was absolutely fantastic, I loved every second of it. I do not quite understand the complaint people are having with the end being rushed, it did not feel that way at all to me. Pixar really creates quality films and have now earned my faith, meaning they could literally come out and say they are making some film with a ridiculous plot and I would still go see it. I am hoping to see Up again, but next time in 3D.

147. (revisit) Superbad (Greg Mottola, 2007) – 7/10 <- – Reviewed before.

The exciting news yesterday is that the rumors of new Futurama episodes should be no longer considered a rumor, which is excellent news. That’s it for now, thank you for reading.


Written by thomasbalkcom

June 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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