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After watching the trailer for Scarlett Johansson’s new action flick last week, Marc Porter Magee and I agreed that the movie seemed perfectly acceptable until Morgan Freeman intoned that “most human beings only use 10% of their brain’s capacity”. I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to contrived movie gimmicks, but as an explanation for the […]

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Recently Watched

Girls, Season 2 – I admire Lena Dunham’s willingness to write and play a character so thoroughly unlikable. Actually, it wouldn’t kill them to bring in a sympathetic main character at some point. The writing is still clever and funny, but the dilemmas are increasingly preposterous and so less immersive. Good for them for introducing […]

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Musical Interlude – Death – Keep On Knocking

Just watched A Band Called Death. Here’s Death some 30 years on still sounding pretty good. Bonus points for the stretchy pants.

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2012 Best Picture Nominees

At this point I’ve watched all of last year’s best picture nominees except Amour (which is inexplicably unavailable on Netflix) and Les Misérables (which is a musical). My thoughts on each in order, starting with my favorite. 1. Django Unchained – The most entertaining of the nominees as long as you like what Tarantino does. The violence is not as […]

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