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Friday, August 24, 2007



* The Nanny Diaries, a thoroughly average but inoffensive new movie in which Scarlett Johansson proves her muscle, but the American Splendor directors don't match her (or their) potential.


* As You Like It, Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespeare adaptation.

* House of Games - Criterion Collection, David Mamet's hardboiled, intellectual take on the con man genre.

* The Milky Way - Criterion Collection pits Luis Bunuel against religious dogma in a giddy celebration of heresy.

* Popeye the Sailor, 1933-1938: Volume One, a marvelous collection of symphonies of violence and the triumph of the little guy.

* Spring in a Small Town, a terrible DVD of an otherwise excellent Chinese film from 1948.

Current Soundtrack: Carla Thomas, Stax Profiles - Carla Thomas

Current Mood: annoyed (with my own bad handwriting)

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Greg McElhatton said...

As You Like It is my favorite Shakespeare play (all plot advancement for two acts, then no plot and just wonderful character interactions for the other three and a neat bow to wrap it up in the final scene), so to say that I'm really excited about this is more than a bit of an understatement.


Jamie S. Rich said...

As You Like It is one I've never read. You'll have to let me know how it holds up for a fan. If it turns out to be terrible to those who know the play, I get some kind of pass for being a newbie, yeah?

mcoale said...

I've been waiting weeks for the House of Games DVD.

I [heart] Ricky Jay. There's a cool CD/DVD package available that Jay put out with poker songs on the album and the DVD is Jay showing off a bunch of card tricks to a celebrity group of buddies.

Jamie S. Rich said...

Mamet makes him plug that compilation on the commentary. He mentions the fact that Saint Etienne had sampled dialogue from the movie (and I guess their song is on the comp), sending me scrambling to my CD shelf.

Anonymous said...

I saw some old Popeye cartoons from the same era (maybe some on the DVD?), and was surprised at how funny they are - Popeye was mumbling some pretty funny shit under his breath.