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    Despicable Me

    Last weekend we went to see Despicable Me, the latest animation project from Universal.  I’ve spent the week since then trying to come up with something to say besides “this is a great movie.”  I haven’t been too successful.

    This movie manages to capture strong emotions in completely absurd situations (the plan is to steal the moon!).  The characters are very, very compelling – we expect to fall in love with the orphan girls, however the level of adoration we have for the minions is off the charts.  Remember Pixar’s desk lamp and how you felt connected to it?  Take that times about ten and you have the effect the minions will have on you.

    Perhaps one of the reasons the movie comes across so well is that although there are many voices in the movie you should recognize, (Steve Carell, …


    Religulous

    religulous-teaser-poster.jpgNext week Bill Maher has a movie coming out, Religulous.  Unfortunately, it’s from the same director as Borat (I really didn’t like Borat).  Religulous is a documentary about religion, and as you can imagine, coming form Bill Maher, it’s a comedy and will probably be pretty funny.  I’m a little ambivalent about seeing it – I’m worried that no matter how funny Bill Maher finds some things, those religious fanatics he’s bound to come across will irritate me.

    What has caught my attention, and prompted this post, is something Bill Maher said on Larry King back in August.  You can see the segment here.  He says a lot of interesting things, I particularly like the way he ends the segment (“At some point, mankind is going to have to shed this …


    Across the Universe

    acrosstheuniverse.jpgA few weeks ago we watched “Across the Universe” at our house.  Since then:

    J’Neil has learned to play “Hey Jude” on the guitar while she sings it
    Kristin ordered and recieved the complete soundtrack
    Most all of us have loaded said soundtrack onto our computers
    Kristin also ordered and recieved the movie on dvd, which we watched on our drive to Montana
    I’ve been playing “Let it Be”, though I prefer to have someone else sing it with me
    There’ s been a great deal of dialogue in the house about how the Beatles wrote some pretty great music
    Also dialogue about how much better some of these folks from the movie performed those songs than the Beatles did
    80% of my exersize time has been to the soundtrack of Across the Universe
    We’ve all decided that we really like Jim Sturgess, who plays the lead
    We had to …


    Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

    before-the-devil-knows-youre-dead.jpgI watched this movie last weekend and have to say that this is one of the best dramas I’ve seen in a while.  I’ve been a pretty big fan of Phillip Seymore Hoffman for some time now and his portrayal of the older brother is off the charts good.  I believe everyone else in the movie benefits from his ability to “be” a character; everyone else has to bring it up to “be” their character with him.  Although I do have to say that Marisa Tomei impressed me a great deal as well; she’s a much better actress than I had given her credit for in the past. 
    This movie works because even though it’s somewhat melodramatic (don’t miss the bonus materials) it’s so …