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Hello all

Late update today due to the fact that I was up all night finishing this project that was due this morning. I do not have too much going on today, just sort of taking it easy and hopefully watching the Braves game later on tonight. It’s amazing to think that ten days from today I will be finished with this semester. I preordered fun.’s new CD earlier today, seeing them play with Manchester Orchestra made me a huge fan of the band.

I am still working my way through Soderbergh’s filmography, I finished Full Frontal the other night and got Solaris in the mail today. I only have eight films left (if you count Eros, which I do) until I am finished. I initially planned to start Jarmusch next, but might change my mind to Polanski or Mann, we will have to see. I finally picked Revolutionary Road back up and have been blowing through it. The book is fantastic (huge fan of the movie as well), it actually talks about a good deal of things that I would consider troublesome. The things discussed are troublesome mainly due to the fact that they are a very telling and sort of terrifying look at problems concerning suburban lifestyle. Now to knock out some more reviews…

174. My Sister’s Keeper (Nick Cassavetes, 2009) – 5/10 <- – I went with my sister to see this and to be honest I was pretty impressed. Typically these films are not very appealing to me but I did at least enjoy a little bit. Cameron Diaz was particularly good and some of the photography was beyond what you would expect from a film of this nature. My first thought when I saw who directed this was, “Wouldn’t that be funny if he was John Cassavetes son?” Turns out, he is and has directed some pretty big films over the last ten years or so.

175. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008) – 8/10 <- – One of the few films from last year that I was really upset with myself for missing. I finally got a chance to see it (damn near a month ago) and I absolutely loved it. The story was told in a different way than expected but it was very effective.

176. (revisit) Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh, 1989) – 7/10 <- – The last time I probably watched this was when I was sixteen, and I remember not being all that impressed with it. I watched it again in order to begin my Soderbergh project, and I absolutely loved it. James Spader is absolutely fantastic, and the story seems to make more sense this time around.

177. Gray’s Anatomy (Steven Soderbergh, 1996) – 5/10 <- – I had to skip a few of Soderbergh’s films (King of the Hill and Kafka namely) due to the fact that they are impossible to find hence the seven year gap between this and sex, lies, and videotape. I was very entertained by Gray’s monologue but overall I would not recommend this film to anyone.

178. Schizopolis (Steven Soderbergh, 1996) – 7/10 <- – This film is absolutely incredible. I have owned it for a just about a year, and finally got around to watching it as to the fact that it was Soderbergh’s next film. The film has such an amazing concept, and I can see people absolutely hating it but I adored it. It was extremely entertaining and sort of a window into Soderbergh’s psyche. After reading all of those interviews, I learned that this film was very poorly received, except among filmmakers. Film directors and writers love this film, and I thought that was very interesting.

179. (revisit) Slackers (Dewey Nicks, 2002) – 4.5/10 <- – It had been years since I saw this film, and it was available for Instant Watch with Netflix so I watched it to burn an hour and a half (and if I remember correctly to reach my thirty film quota). This is one of those films that my siblings and I would watch over and over again when we were younger. There are some classic lines throughout and overall it is very enjoyable.

That’s it for now, should update sometime tomorrow. Thank you for reading.


Written by thomasbalkcom

July 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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