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Hello all

I am hoping that these next couple weeks move as slow as possible so that I am able to enjoy this brief time off. I have to work tonight, but the next two days are virtually responsibility-free. I plan on seeing Moon early on either Wednesday or Thursday, and due to the fact that I have screening tickets to see Adam tomorrow night, I will hopefully be attending that (to be honest to myself that is not looking too good). I have to get back on track so that I can finish Soderbergh’s films by the time school starts back. I am still debating on which director to pick next; most likely Jarmusch or possibly Mendes.

I am ready for some new music. The fun. CD comes out at the end of the month, and new Thrice, Brand New, and Say Anything are just around the corner. This has been and will be a great year for music. That’s about it for now, more reviews after this paragraph (I am close to being caught up!).

185. Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh, 2000) – 8/10 <- – I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I think Soderbergh took an interesting route in making the story about Erin opposed to the tragic situation of the people she is attempting to help. I later learn through reading old interviews that although it was his original intention, focusing the story around her was also a tool to push it away from other “lawsuit films.” Aaron Eckhart and Albert Finney were fantastic as usual, and the film itself was well-made and very enjoyable.

186. (revisit) Traffic (Steven Soderbergh, 2000) – 9/10 <- –  This film is absolutely amazing, I was hooked from start to finish. It is scary to think that in one year, Soderbergh made both this and Erin Brockovich, two fantastic films. I was reading about this film and I learned that there is a good deal of hate out there for it. I had absolutely no idea of this; I always sort of assumed that this film was very well received. For any of you out there that do not like this, let me know why in the comments or email me at thomasbalkcom@gmail.com.

187. Push (Paul McGuigan, 2009) – 4/10 <- – This film was different from what I expected but still far from good. To be fair, I did enjoy it much more than I thought I ever would.

188. My Dinner with Andre (Louis Malle, 1981) – 9/10 <- – It absolutely lived up to all of the hype I have heard for the majority of my life. The conversation was fantastic, I found myself going back and re-watching particular scenes just so that I could both hear it again and also better remember it. It is amazing they were able to pull such a fantastic film from such a strange premise. I highly recommend this film to all that have not seen it.

189. (revisit) Role Models (David Wain, 2008) – 5/10 <- – Reviewed before.

190. (revisit) Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001) – 7.5/10 <- – I always forget how much I enjoy this film. It’s very humorous and entertaining.

That’s it for now. I am going to try and enjoy the rest of this afternoon before I head to work. Thank you for reading, and expect an update in the morning.

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Written by thomasbalkcom

August 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

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