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Movie review: Gran Torino

Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in Movies | 3 comments

2.5 stars (out of 4) If it came from out of nowhere, this would be a 3-star movie. I’m docking it half a star for not meeting expectations. Quickie recap: Clint Eastwood is Walt Kowalski, a mean old man whose wife just passed away. He lives in Detroit, worked at a Ford plant his entire adult life, appears to be haunted by atrocities he committed...

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The best before the best

Posted by on Dec 21, 2008 in Movies | 4 comments

Been too long since I posted – was busy as heck with a big rewrite, then a proof of the rewrite that turned into more than just a proof, as they always do. But the manuscript is done and back to my agent, Janet Reid. It’s her problem now. So I’m free to catch up on blogging. First, I note with pride and shame that I’ve seen 70 movies...

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When car guys watch movies

Posted by on Dec 5, 2008 in Movies, Palaver |

Great post by Chris Hafner on distracting automotive product placement, most notably in the new Bond flick. I’m a car guy and a watch guy, so I’ve been amused by the recent prominence of Craig’s Omega Planet Ocean wristwatch. Next time you walk through a theater lobby, take a look at the big cardboard cutout of the actor – I...

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Dave Zeltserman on Jim Thompson

Posted by on Dec 2, 2008 in Movies, Writing |

So I got an email from an old pal of mine who’s using the handle GFS3 (very cool, that – I asked for such a handle once, but everybody started calling me DPSHT1, so I quietly let the matter drop). This guy and I became friends when I was in tech journalism and he was a PR guy.* GFS3 is running a cool blog these days, Dark Party Review. Kinda...

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Modicum of Puzzlement

Posted by on Nov 12, 2008 in Movies | 1 comment

Has there ever been a worse title for a hit movie than Quantum of Solace? The second Bond flick of the Daniel Craig Era doesn’t open in the U.S. until Friday, but there’s no doubt it’ll be a hit – the movie broke records all over the world last weekend, earning $25.3M in the UK alone (trouncing a record held by Harry Potter and the...

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