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Sad and lonely night

First, I must apologize to our reader. P and J have pretty much left the posting to B over the past week. Sorry about that.

Right now, it is friday night and the Northeast is experiencing the third “storm of the century” this year. So, in the spirit of cabin fever, I thought I would watch me some Taxi Driver this evening. Yes, I know, not exactly the kind of movie one should ever go to on a sad and lonely friday night. But, I am watching it.

There is really not much to say about the movie that hasn’t already been said. It is good. Real good. But I just caught Scorcese’s cameo, and you know, it is pretty amazing. I mean, it’s not unusual for a director to make a cameo, but I have always thought that directors are subsumed under the old adage, “those who can’t, teach”. Well, I think those who can’t act, often find their way behind the camera.

But, check out this scene with Scorcese. It’s unbelievable. Almost haunting. Notice the way he delivers his lines. His nervous twitches. You could almost say that Scorcese steals the scene from De Niro here.

I would be curious to know what everyone thinks of this scene. Also, feel free to comment about the movie. It would be great to get a thread going on it.

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Warning: this post contains no intellectual insight, exhaustive research, or value in any way. This is purely a rant against the laziest, most arrogant trilogy ever made this side of Attack of the Midichlorians. This article about Julia Roberts’ $500,000 per minute appearance fee in ‘Valentine’s Day’ got me thinking about the Ocean’s 11-13 movies: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/feb/16/big-stars-fees-tiny-roles.

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I caught up with two “comedies” recently that I’ve been meaning to watch the past few months: Invention of Lying and Zombieland. It’s hard to categorize either movie as a comedy even though they contain some pretty broad comic moments; Invention of Lying veers into full-on drama territory in the second half and Zombieland has some serious doses of zombie violence and gore. These two films don’t have a ton in common but watching them only a couple days apart got me thinking about original ideas vs. execution.

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Crazy.

I just saw “Crazy Heart” and I must say I am more than pissed at the academy for not giving this movie an Oscar nod. I mean, geez, the nomination list is expanded to 10 films this year. Can anyone (without looking at our earlier posts) name 10 good movies this year?

I am going to temper myself a bit here, and write a more expanded post later, but here is a little clip from the movie to butter you up.

The Dude abides.

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P B and J (mainly just B) would like to wish Josh Brolin a Happy Birthday today. This great, underrated actor will always be Brand Walsh from “Goonies” to me but he has had a pretty big resurgence the last few years: check out his IMDB page. He also has to be recognized for his marriage to the incredibly cougar-tastic Diane Lane; and their wedding took place in San Luis Obispo!

If you haven’t already, you need to check Brolin out in Milk, American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, Flirting with Disaster, and of course, Hollow Man.

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A few days late, but…

I would replace Werner Herzog with Michael Bay. You know, go with whole Day After Tomorrow motif.

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Now that we’ve had a week to digest the premiere of The Final Season, a lot of people on the Inter-tubes have been talking about the following scene from the pilot episode.

Three things stuck out while watching that scene:

1. John Locke is (or was) one of the greatest television characters ever
2. Shorter real Walt was kind of annoying and it’s probably a good thing he had a growth spurt and was written out of the show
3. This scene has major implications on the LOST endgame

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