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February 5th, 2008

A Scene from "Smokin' Aces" makes me feel better about the new Captain Kirk [Feb. 5th, 2008|08:57 pm]
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[music |"Finale" - - "The Kingdom" soundtrack]

Early this morning I watched "Smokin' Aces." My favorite part was a bizarre, but touching scene a neo-nazi redneck contract killer has with Ben Affleck. Ben literally does nothing on his own in the scene but yet it rocks, partly because of the use of Ennio Morricone's musical cue "Morte d'un Soldat" from "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" and partly because of the superb acting of the neo-nazi redneck. I checked and said neo-nazi was played by Chris Pine, our new Captain Kirk. Makes me feel much better.

I thought "Smokin' Aces" was an interesting and somewhat entertaining but ultimately flawed movie, mostly for the same reasons this reviewer did:
My other favorite scenes involved a hyper pre-teen on a ritalin high and Jason Bateman doing a seriously messed up riff on his "Arrested Development" character. It wouldn't surprise me if co-star Peter Berg cast Bateman in "The Kingdon" based on his part in "Smokin' Aces."

Also I recently read that Peter Berg is working on a movie adaptation of "Dune." Someone posted that "The Kingdom" was a prequel. That sounds about right.

Speaking of Ennio Morricone, I've detected some very direct homages to him in the music for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." If you listen to the last scene of this week's "Heavy Metal" episode, I think you might also be able to hear it. I think its very cool.
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Thoughts on this week's "Terminator" and "The Wire" episodes [Feb. 5th, 2008|09:16 pm]
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