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i would like everyone to know there is only one reason i gave my money to ‘an american carol’s opening weekend box office, and it’s that morgan was in it, and it marked his feature film debut. we took up a whole row in the theatre and every time he appeared on screen we went wild, to the extent that according to andrew, the couple sitting in front of him whispered to each other, “did we miss something?” anyway the movie was, i think, 83 minutes and it felt like three hours. do not see it.

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the on-screen summary of ‘about a boy’:

An irresponsible playboy becomes emotionally attached to a woman’s 12 year old son.

well…yes, but…*sigh*

the dark knight‘ was incredible. i loved it. i got teary. multiple times. the bat-cycle thing? (it must have a different name because ‘bat-cycle’ sounds horribly lame) it was so cool. aaron eckhart was great, morgan freeman put it over the top with his fantastic delivery again and again. heath ledger was creepy, and maggie gyllenhaal was a much improved casting choice. i saw it in IMAX at navy pier, and when the first shot appeared there was a collective gasp from the audience; it was a really cool moment. as was the huge audience reaction to this great bat-cycle thing that happens. there was a point where i thought the movie was almost over – and would’ve been a pretty great ending. but then the movie kept going for another hour and just got better and better. i can’t wait to see it again.

so to recap, so far today: kakuro on the bus. sausage egg mcmuffins at mcdonalds for breakfast. ‘the dark knight’. hot doug’s. and later tonight? irazu and hopefully the violet hour. *sigh* i LOVE chicago.

update: i forgot to mention that at navy pier, the hallway to enter the theater was painted black with neon ‘ha ha ha’s and stuff like that, plus fake stone. pretty cool. there was a guy dressed as the joker – full costume and make up. and the other thing i forgot to mention is that i was really impressed with how i didn’t know exactly where things were going during the film. some moments genuinely surprised me and i felt some of the worst dread i’ve ever experienced during it. i’m not sure if i was extra good at avoiding spoilers (ie: did everyone else know that _______ and _______ was going to happen??) or the studio did a great job of not being leaky. or maybe it’s just that the trailer didn’t give away the whole movie as trailers are wont to do these days?

update 2: ALSO! the ‘watchmen’ trailer was before ‘the dark knight’! and it was pretty cool. the dr. manhattan effects were a tiny bit slightly questionable, but that’s the only nitpicky thing i can think of to complain about. everything looked exactly. like. the. comic. archie (the nite owl’s ship) looks identical (and awesome). the scene where dr. manhattan raises his glass fortress looks amazing. it looks like many (all?) of the shot compositions are directly taken from the comic too. so excited!

last night meghan and i went to the orpheum to see the last offering in the la conservancy’s last remaining seats series. they showed pay day, get out and get under and the navigator with live accompaniment on the theatre’s original wurlitzer. i’d never seen a silent movie with live accompaniment and it was really fun. my favorite was get out and get under because of the car hijinks, but overall the navigator is the film i’d recommend most highly – swordfish fight, creepy painting, an actress that was really good at physical comedy.

worst. movie. ever. which is really disappointing because the trailer looked so awesome. i wanted to like it – i was so excited when it came out. but – ugh. i mean, the action sequences were really cool – but the script was so terrible. bizarrely awkward first to second act transition. tacked on voice over during the first scenes. AWFUL third act. like – i can’t even describe how terrible it was. plus, the thing felt so interminably long and it was…only 88 minutes. and the acting – i had no idea rachel bilson was such a terrible actress. although the script was so crappy, i’d probably just cash it in too. how did this thing get made?? god. at least ‘manos: hands of fate’ was funny.

it was really good. really funny, beautiful to look at – cute animals, great action sequences…go see it!

i saw ‘north by northwest’ for the first time tonight at the egyptian and i didn’t expect it to be so funny! or so semi-risque!

i liked it. the end.

just kidding. ok it had problems – a couple of times i was taken out of the movie by how ridiculous things were getting or a line that was over the top, but overall? it was a lot of fun. it was non-stop action and i hate that i have to admit this, but i even liked shia labeouf in it (typing that phrase hurt. a lot.). harrison ford looks his age, yes, but he still kicks ass. the set pieces in this movie are insanely cool. the thing with the big staircase? my parents and i were in the stage at warner bros where it was shot, so that was kinda neat.

maria and i saw it by ourselves because for some inexplicable reason, clayton didn’t want to see it. i know – we’re all confused too. how can you NOT want to go see indiana jones? IT’S INDIANA JONES. everyone! you should go see indiana jones! i feel bad for the x-files movie though. indy totally beat it to the punch.

update: watching ‘raiders of the lost ark’ and oh my sweet lord harrison ford is hot. no – he’s hawt.

someone please explain to me why jake gyllenhaal is going to be the lead in the prince of persia movie. then explain to me why ben barnes (prince caspian in prince caspian) was not cast instead. and don’t give me some bullshit about him not being an a-lister.

…was awesome! it was so much fun and i must read the ultimates again. also? the incredible hulk? can’t wait.

…was so so good! it was really sweet – jason segel is so adorable in it – and really really funny. the supporting cast is really good (“you sound like you’re from lon-don!”) and the rock opera puppet musical is AMAZING. go see this.

update: more saul bass! a children’s book he illustrated.

the answer? they would be more awesome-er.

more saul bass title sequences including psycho, alien, the man with the golden arm, cape fear, and more.

via drawn!

posted on my tumblelog – what i’ve seen, what i need to see.

the piano is gorgeous. the end. maria pointed out that i need to buy a cover for it or something so it stays pretty. thanks again, mom & dad and grandma for the awesomest christmas present ever!!

maria, clayton and i just got home from seeing ‘american gangster’. which was really good. you should see it. will denzel ever not be fantastic?