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Michael Clayton

Very, very unimpressive. There was nothing new about this movie. As I said while a group of us were walking out… “I could’ve written that.” And not in a “I’m a good writer” kind of way, but in a “I’ve seen that movie before with different actors in a different setting.” The beginning was just plain boring (and confusing), and the end, although not bad, was just very typical. Very typical. I have no idea how/why it was nominated for Best Picture. Crazy. Again, not terrible, but something you’ve probably seen before.
D (because of the hype)


Run Fat Boy Run

I really like Simon Pegg. I’m pretty sure I’ve liked everything he’s ever been in, that I’ve seen. That being said, this movie was pretty mediocre. There were definitely some funny parts, and some sentimental parts, but all-in-all it just wasn’t anything special. It’s worth a viewing, but only if you don’t expect to much from it. Luckily, I didn’t, and enjoyed the movie, even though I wasn’t super impressed. The cast is pretty great with the always entertaining Hank Azaria, the beautiful (but way too skinny) Thandie Newton (Crash, Pursuit of Happyness), and the little-known Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead), who is quite funny. I guess what I’m trying to say is, this one is worth checking out if you aren’t looking for anything too deep or thought-provoking, and are okay with something that’s just “nice.”
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Sunday, March 30th. 8:20 pm.

I do not care much for the Bottletree. This sucks because it is the best venue in town, music-wise. Most bands worth seeing will be playing there as opposed to somewhere else it town. Therefore, I only see bands there that I really, really want to see. The Weakerthans are a band I really, really want to see. To the best of my memory/knowledge, they have not toured the states since I’ve been listening to them. The fact that they’re coming to Birmingham blows my mind. And makes me super excited. If you’d like to join us (Sheena and myself), let us know.

The Weakerthans myspace.

The Weakerthans website.

The Bottletree website.

Order tickets here.
They come out to a little over $15.

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard the winners of the Oscars.

Even so, I’m going to tell you who won (the big awards), and if I agree or disagree.
Because you should care what I think.

Best Screenplay/Writer: Juno
I voted for Juno.

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton.
I voted for Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone.

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.
I voted for Javier Bardem.

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose.
I voted for Ellen Page in Juno.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood.
I voted for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men.
I voted for P.T. Anderson for There Will Be Blood.

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.
I voted for There Will Be Blood.

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do i procrastinate?
someone tell me.
its 4am and i am still up writing a paper.
its due today at 11…i still have a few pages to write.
i feel sick and shaky…i hate that i do this.

sheena p.

this borders on the cutest thing i’ve ever seen:

“berrer, berrer, berrer, berrer, AHHHHH!!!”

r.

for late night paper writing!

not.

sheenap.

thank goodness for 100 calorie snack packs and big red gum.

And my straw reaches ACROSS the room, and starts to drink your milkshake…
I… drink… your… milkshake!
I drink it up!


Into The Wild

This is my new #1 movie of 2007. I think it may even be moving into my top 5 ever. It is easily the best movie I’ve seen in a long, long time. I don’t even know where to begin. Interesting, funny, sad, spiritual, intense, etc. This movie is just great all around. It is very long, which Sheena didn’t like, but I was honestly never bored or restless. They definitely could’ve cut some unnecessary scenes and made it a good bit shorter, but I actually liked everything in the movie, whether it had to be there or not. My only real complaint is having to listen to Eddie Vedder’s voice for the entire movie. I like Pearl Jam. I like his voice for the most part. I don’t like his voice for a full 2.5 hour movie. Other than that, I have to recommend this movie to everyone. I think it should be seen by all. Now I want to read the book.
A


Margot at the Wedding

Different. Very different. I won’t say I didn’t like it, but I also don’t think I’d recommend it to most people. This is the newest film from Noah Baumbach, who also wrote/directed The Squid and the Whale, which I enjoyed a lot more, but wouldn’t recommend to most people,either. Both stories deal with very dysfunctional families. I will say that, although I completely hated her character, this is one of the best jobs of acting I’ve seen from Nicole Kidman. If you like weird movies, and dysfunctionality (uh huh), then you might like it.
C
Sheena liked it more than me.
She gives it an A.

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Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken have made an EP together.

Isn’t that precious?

But seriously, it’s really good.

Go here to check it out.

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The first Rue Royale full-length album is now available.
And it is good stuff.

There are a few songs off of the E.P. on it, which was somewhat disappointing,
but they are a bit different on the album, so all is forgiven.

They are about to embark on a European tour.
Hopefully when they get back, they’ll travel around the states.
And stop in Alabama.

Check out some of the new tunes on myspace.
Be their friend on facebook.
And order the album here. $10.

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