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Archive for January, 2010

Alright – I finally watched “The Hurt Locker” and really, really liked it. I’m not sure how it measures up to “Julia and Julie” but it will definitely stick with me for a long time in good and bad ways. I have a few more thoughts on the film and my top five of 2009.

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My night with Julia

Being married my typical Saturday night consists of making a nice meal with the wife, renting a movie, and drinking one or two too many beers. Actually while writing this I am at my two too many point. But this has no bearing on what I am about to say…

We just watched Julie and Julia and…I liked it.

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Here is the new trailer for Wall Street 2: Back to the Street…or Money can’t talk…or whatever. Why is this the first I heard about this movie?

From the trailer, the movies looks so gimmicky. I am willing to bet Charlie Sheen will some make sort of appearance as the older, wiser Bud Fox. I am thinking he is now a new age hippy, often using the slogan, “green is good” at corporate events.

And just for a bit of nostalgia, here is the trailer for the original Wall Street. Were all 80’s trailers like this?

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What would Holden do?

Sad to hear today that J.D. Salinger died, as Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorite books of all time. I think the word “timeless” aptly describes that book.  Over the past 15 years, I have read Catcher in the Rye several times, with each time invoking different thoughts and interpretations.

But now that he is gone, I wonder how long it will take before someone bases a movie on Catcher in the Rye? Apparently, Jerry Lewis (of the telethon fame) tried very hard to get the rights to the movie. Current rumors are that Terrance Malick (Badlands, Thin Red Line) is working on an adaptation.

Even if that is true, would you like to see a movie based on Catcher in the Rye?

Thoughts?

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Occasionally PB & J peal their eyes away from their home theaters to dust off an item that is typically being used as a beer coaster…that’s right, a book! Although these ancient artifacts may take a little longer to get through than a 90 minute Nic Cage masterpiece, I think I speak for P and J when I say that a good book is vastly rewarding and can actually be fun – but don’t start reading all the time and forget to watch television and movies; this is still a movie blog. I just finished “The Looming Tower” by Lawrence Wright and had a few quick thoughts about the book.

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Quote of the day

“You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

-Orson Wells from “The Third Man”

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Tracking the best shot

A bit of a heated debate has broken out as to which movie has the best single-shot scene. This started because of my comment about Children of Men. But here is truly my favorite — the Copacabana Club Scene from Goodfellas.

Not only is does it have a lot of moving parts in terms of direction, but the camera angles are equally as intricate. Actually, Goodfellas contains several of these types of scenes, but I think this one is the best.

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