Air Up There.
May 30, 2009, 6:05 am
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Genius. Unlike most production companies, Pixar has been substituting quality for quantity, producing one film a year. And it’s hard for anyone to complain because they’ve been on a massive roll, each one seemingly better than the last. The follow-up to last summer’s Wall-E is no different. Up was as enjoyable a movie as I’ve seen.

I’ve always felt that these movies, disguised in CGI animation, are much more geared towards adults than they initially seem. Sure, the overall appearance attracts the kids to the theaters, but the themes and ideologies are every bit as grown-up as the latest Scorsese film. In my opinion, the classical 2-D Disney movies were much more relatable for children.

In any event, Up was a genuine story that was beautifully told, and even though I expected it to be great, it still blew me away. As the credits began to roll, I sat there, trying to figure out something about the film that I didn’t like. Nitpicking is something I tend to do before / after / during a movie. The only problem was I couldn’t think of anything. Actually, I probably would have made it a bit longer.

The streak continues. Let’s hope Toy Story 3 doesn’t tank. Who am I kidding? We all know it won’t.

5.0/5.0 stars

 

– JD

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Candy Man.
May 29, 2009, 9:37 am
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This short piece aired on ESPN a couple days ago, and I thought it was hilarious. Lamar Odom has always been one of my favorite players, but I had never heard about this part of his game. How a professional athlete has gone through a routine like this for 10 years and still manages to perform at a high level is beyond me.

The part about waking up in the middle of the night gets me every time.

– JD




Twitter TV.
May 26, 2009, 4:45 pm
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This can only turn out one way — interesting. And by interesting, I mean frightening.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – How’s this for a tweet? Twitter is coming to a television near you.

The social-networking and micro-blogging service is developing the first TV series that incorporates Twitter into the action of the show.

Created by novelist Amy Ephron, sister of Nora and Delia Ephron, the untitled show will feature ordinary people competing while on the trail of celebrities.

Twitter has partnered on the project with production companies Reveille (“The Office”) and Brillstein Entertainment Partners (“Samantha Who?”).

Reuters

It’s bad enough Twitter has the perception of being a device used to stalk ordinary people and celebrities alike, but they’re going to make a reality television show out of it? This can’t be good.

I’ve enjoyed twittering as much as the next guy, but they have to draw the line somewhere. I mean, sure it sounds interesting, but so does bungee jumping. It doesn’t mean we should do it. Chasing celebrities? It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt — and someone will definitely get hurt. It’s inevitable.

– JD



Dumb Commercialé.
May 24, 2009, 8:35 am
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For nearly a month, McDonald’s has shoved this commercial down our throats. It’s part of their 100 million dollar McCafé campaign, designed to compete with Starbucks coffee. It hasn’t been airing all that long, but I’ve had enough. I haven’t been this annoyed by a commercial in a while.

Not only does it make absolutely no sense, it’s pointless. Everyone would be much better off living without it.

And I actually like McDonald’s.

– JD

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Girlfriend.
May 22, 2009, 12:51 pm
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There were mixed reviews coming out of Sundance, but after seeing the trailer, I told myself I would watch this film anyway and conjure up my own opinion. Steven Soderbergh filmed The Girlfriend Experience during the 2008 election in 16 days with a budget just under 2 million. The main character is an escort, who promises what the title offers — an experience. She gives men a girlfriend, someone to vent to, talk politics with, and give monetary advice to. It’s a profession that would suck the life out of anyone.

Sasha Grey (a real-life porn star) is cast as Chelsea. Her character struggles with balancing her professional relationships and her realtionship with her boyfriend. Grey’s performance is nothing spectacular. In fact, it’s actually pretty dull most of the time. But it was exactly the type of performance needed for this role. It was both believable and understandable. And when it came to the rare instances when she had to show emotion, those moments were magnified, and carried more significance.

The film was, however, missing that one scene that I felt was needed. As an audience, we felt for her character, but we could have felt more. The Experience was strong overall, but didn’t leave the lasting impression I was looking for.

4/5 stars

 

– JD



Lover’s Spit.
May 20, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Broken Social Scene – Lover’s Spit 

One of my favorite songs of all-time to help get me through studying. Pretty intense video, too.

– JD

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