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  1. The truck trick? What else? The opening shot of Gotham City (aka Chicago) for one. Pretty much all the skyline/cityscape stuff is spectacular.
  2. There's definitely some V in this depiction of the Joker. And also some Saw. I really liked The Dark Knight though it was too long (or not long enough) and I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX if you have the opportunity. The film's big setpieces were all filmed specifically for this format and look amazing (not just the size, but also the resolution of the image). You don't often get to hear a collective gasp or "whoa" from an audience but it happens a least twice here.
  3. I realize this is really too obscure to count, but you haven't heard bad till you've listened to David Hasslehoff's "The Night Rocker" 0jIxjNfBqds "We Built This City" and "Seasons in the Sun" pretty awful. There was this new wave song called "Escalator of Life" by Robert Hazard that is up there too.
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    Mamma Mia

    Lots and lots of Americans (straight and gay, square and hip) danced, and still do, to ABBA. The first single I bought as a kid around 1980 was "Take a Chance on Me" (M's "Pop Musik" purchased the same day)... their singles are great, pure pop. (Well, not all of them... but a pretty good batting average.) Dramatic, kitchy of course... but the hooks are undeniable. That said, there's no way in hell I'm going to see Mamma Mia, even though my friend had this to say about it: "It is HORRIBLE. I saw it twice."
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    Mercury Prize

    I would think the race is between Radiohead and Burial, solely judging on how this usually plays out.
  6. I liked the whole thing but the first 40 minutes are probably the best thing Pixar has ever done.
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    Wanted

    The movie is apparently way toned-down compared to the comic, which features characters bragging about raping celebrities. To each their own, I thought this was garbage.
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    Wanted

    You're definitely right... it's aimed at 12-year-old boys despite being a very hard R. But I think Shoot 'Em Up was a much better, tongue-in-cheek, example of the exact same thing. Not that I'd want to watch that again either. I guess I was more bothered by the crassness of the first half hour than anything else. It takes the same amped-up approach to office scenes as the action, which is a little hard to watch. I also didn't need the f-bomb every third word. Again, I'm no prude but it was just sort of graceless I thought.
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    Wanted

    I hated this movie with just about every fiber of my being. The mindless violence didn't bother me (though you can only see so many curving bullets before it gets old) -- but the crass, cruel, mean attitude and contempt to the audience, women, you name it, did. (And I saw Fight Club four times in the theater.) But I realize I'm in the minority on this, though I'm a bit dumbfounded as to why. The Guardian review pretty much sums up my feelings on it.
  10. There were hordes of women lining up outside the 3rd ave / 10th St. theater yesterday afternoon, all dressed-up as if they wanted to be *in* the movie. And people make fun of the kids who wear costumes to Harry Potter... ridiculous.
  11. Ditto on feeling like Lucas is responsible. In addition to CGI monkeys, add CGI gophers, "tarzan-ing", and horrible, horrible dialogue like "knowledge is their treasure." I didn't hate it, but honestly... C+ at best.
  12. My experience... good, but I like Ssam Bar better in every way possible. I was stuffed -- stuffed! -- by the end.
  13. good question - it really is BBQ season or will be soon anyway. I walked by the new P&Ts location yesterday and peered in the window... it was empty. We're still a ways away.
  14. Well I just watched the DVD and I'm happy to say that Walk Hard doesn't suck, but I don't think anyone's going to bust a gut laughing. Very much a parody of Walk the Line/Ray/Great Balls of Fire/Etc... pretty spot-on. So in that way closer to a Zucker/Abrams/Zucker movie than yer typical Apatow production. (Though it features all the Apatow regulars.) Despite rampant nudity, drugs, language, violence, the humor is very gentle. Songs are very good, actually. Worth a rental.
  15. Going for the first time ever this year... can't wait. Looking forward to the food as much as the music.
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    Lost

    Anyone who gave up on the show for treading water should dive back in now... they've kicked the plot into 5th gear... so far so awesome this season!
  17. TiVo has been instructed to tape it--I noticed the Pilot was on again soon, so I'm starting with that. Andrew told me that Terry Gross was fawning and gushing over it recently, but I'm looking forward to seeing it anyway. AMC is showing a "mini-marathon" of the first three episodes tonight... starting at 8pm (which is in half an hour). I think it's been great so far, though it is pretty dark stuff. And more violent than you might expect. Brian Cranston really makes the show in the same way Hugh Laurie makes House or Peter Falk made Columbo. Maybe the best new show since Mad M
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    Lost

    Well, it kinda sucked there for a while. There was a lot of stalling going on, I think, because they didn't have an end date for the show so we had six episodes at the start of last season that were almost pure filler. But they seem to have their mojo again. And Jeremy Davies has joined the cast! We'll see. Also, it hasn't been on in almost a year, either.
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    Lost

    I think the writers knowing they now have an end date had really made a difference... for the good. Really good season premiere. Hope they keep this up.
  20. Ironically, it's almost all feedback. Very Psychocandy, good record.
  21. Just came from lunch -- pulled pork was super-vinegary today. (Yay!) it seemed like business as usual there, making pies and cookies and stuff. There was a sign on the wall saying "we're moving!" with an email signup sheet so you can be notified as to when and where P&T will land. Sarah said they want the downtime to be minimal, hopefully be reopened someone nearby by Summer... we'll see. But it's definitely a "we're moving" not "we're closing" vibe. I bought a donut, two slices of key lime pie and a cookie to go.
  22. They're closing tomorrow. But there's a last hurrah. Party starts at 8.
  23. Congrats, RG! What a year you've had... and the book isn't even out. I should start stockpiling my favorite varieties now....
  24. They looked like St. Pauli Girls to me. It's a nice big place, about a block from my apartment but I've only been once if that says anything. The indoor garden room is cold this time of year, but will be nice in the spring and summer with it's retractable roof.
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    Ssam Bar

    I was at a table of three, up front against the 13th window and the door.
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