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Movie Review: Hancock

Last night I took my wife out on a date.  We began the evening going to Brew River.  The meal wasn’t as good as the Sunday Brunch I had a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t bad, either.  The cream of crab soup was the highlight of the meal for me, though my shrimp salad wrap wasn’t bad.  The Guinness was good- though they served it before it had settled- which is “ok” because that is the norm for American bar tenders, but being delivered a settled proper pint is always a good thing- especially when it is unexpected.

Before I talk about the movie I have to explain my scale.  I have different scales for different types of movies.  In the history of cinema action films have yet to breakthrough to Citizen Kane status.  That being said, I dumb the scale down for them.  For me an action film must have passable acting, good to amazing special effects, a storyline that is engaging while also moving forward and good dialog amongst the characters.

Hancock is a decent action film.  Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron  play their roles well, the story moves along and, in a bit of a surprise, the plot contains a decent twist.  The down side for me is toward the end of the movie Theron’s character suddenly explains a whole lot of the parameters of the character- a better written script would have found a way to incorporate those things and slowly reveal them throughout- instead we’re given an info dump at the end of the film as a bridge to the next scene.  It’s not terrible, but it is inartful and could have been presented better.

It’s a good enough movie that I recommend you go see it.

Cheers.

Tom

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Kafka Fans Unite And Take Over

Sing the subject line to the tune of The Smiths song “Shoplifters of the World Unite” and then read on. Or, if you are unfamiliar with the song go at once to the bottom of this post and start the youtube video. Do it. Now.

Moving on.

If you are a fan of existentialism in all of its gray-toned, rainy day, I am suffering through this mortality with a joyless soul forms, then you should check out “Brysomme mannen, Den” or as it is known by its English title, “The Bothersome Man”. It’s obviously a foreign film, but if you are into existentialism then you’ll likely have no problem with that, in fact, you’ll probably watch it just so you can brag to your hipster buddies that you are more bla·sé than they. This film is pretty much what I would make if I were to tackle the theme. The cast does a great job, the sets are efficient and the story moves along unveiling a world that attempts to satiate the central character, Andreas, with every worldly happiness it can. Undaunted, the inner-EEyore must come out and our man is just not satisfied. Will nothing cure his empty, wretched soul?

And now it’s time for The Smiths

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