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Last update: 20 Jun 2009 -- 5:37pm
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22 May 2009
Max's Deli is a part of waiting in the airport which is AOK. *This* is a BLT! And the brownie is impossible to eat in one sitting.

 Sunday
17 May 2009
Angels & Demons (IMDB 7.0|Rot 38%|Netflix 3.9)
Like most people, I read Angels & Demons after reading The Da Vinci Code and found that it wasn't as tight or as good as Code. It had some interesting stuff in it, but mostly it got the job done and had a couple of pretty good twists. All in all, I could recommend it as an airplane book. This is not an auspicious starting point.

The thing about Dan Brown's novels is that they are about lost knowledge and puzzle solving. Word and logic puzzles don't translate very well to the big screen. Da Vinci tried to show some of this by trying to show how a symbologist/anagrammer might see the world: words popping out from the confusion and assembling themselves and so on. Still, the Da Vinci movie was rather weak. Only one professor has been on the big screen and still been truly exciting: Indiana Jones.

It was possible for Angels & Demons to have been as good as Da Vinci. In fact, the end of A&D could have been much more compelling that Da Vinci. Alas, this movie is a mess. The editing was strange at times. (For example, introducing a fact as something suddenly new-- complete with an ominous music cue-- that the main characters had learned of three minutes earlier.) The actual conceit makes practically no sense. It's about the "God particle", which they carefully explain has nothing to do with God and is a terrible name and in the VERY NEXT SENTENCE say that finding it would practically disprove the existence of God.

Sigh.

The final act is pretty well done, but the three or so leading up to it are just crappy and poorly explained.

So, I can suggest both the book AND the movie when on an airplane. Other than that, don't bother.

 Friday
8 May 2009
Star Trek (IMDB 8.4|Rot 96%|Netflix 4.3)
Wow. Go see it.

As the other Treks have acronyms (ST:TOS, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, etc) I suggest the movie be called ST:TFA -- Star Trek: Totally F'ing Awesome.

Update: Go read Lileks' review of Star Trek. It expresses exactly my thoughts.

 Saturday
2 May 2009
Crank High Voltage (IMDB 7.5|Rot 61%|Netflix 3.9)
This is the new grindhouse. Puerile. Willfully stupid. Gory. Politically incorrect. Boobs, blood, and butts. There's nothing left unexploited that I can think of except perhaps Nazis and Nuns. It's pornographic. To the point that there's a scene with a mob of porn industry vets.

It's also very silly and knows it. And that's what keeps the movie from being disgusting garbage. Don't take anything you see seriously, because the movie sure as hell doesn't.

For those following the gripping drama of Chev Chelios might remember that he was falling a half mile from a helicopter at the end of the last movie. A few short seconds later, Chelios smashes and bounces off of a car. Somehow alive, he is instantly picked up in a black van by the Triad and has his heart replaced with an artificial, battery-powered heart. As he tries to get back his real heart, he needs to charge up occasionally, which he does in a number of increasingly more insane ways.

Saying any more would pretty much mean I spent more time typing this than it took to watch the movie.

So: it's the new grindhouse, and it's good. Like it or don't. It doesn't care.

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