Resident Evil: Extinction: The world is overrun with flesh-eating zombies and the Evil Corporation is lurking in underground bunkers working on a way to exploit the zombies. And on the surface Milla Jovovich runs around helping human survivors by chopping zombies to bits.
It’s well made and has some interesting scenes, but in general there’s not much of a “there” there. Still, not too painful to watch.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Spielberg does to Indiana Jones what Lucas did to Star Wars.
The movie has some nice chase sequences, but the plot is infernally dumb and the cast is phoning it in.
I am Legend: Will Smith puts in a solid performance, and the CGI is well done, but apart from that it’s one of those frustrating movies that could have been great if they had taken the concept all the way instead of punking out.
Am I the only one who thinks the Darkseekers moved exactly like the robots in I, Robot?
Battlestar Galactica: Razor: It’s a bit mystifying why this was created as a film instead of being two episodes in the regular run of the show. That being said, it’s solid and provides an interesting look at the Cylons as they used to be. Getting more of the back story of the Battlestar Pegasus makes the movie a given for fans of the series.
The Kingdom: Intense thriller about a terrorist hunt in Saudi Arabia. Even dares touch on some of the, ahem, “issues” regarding the Saudis and global terrorism. Well worth watching.
Revolver: Extremely frustrating film that likes to think of itself as very, very clever indeed while it has its finger up its nose to the knuckle.
Take MTV-style editing, some very interesting camera work, add in the kind of metaphysical musings that go on in freshman dorm rooms late at night, and a plot that’s … well … infantile, and what you end up with is the kind of movie that gives you a headache.
Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2008 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.