Clive Thompson found some fascinating research that he talks about on his blog. Additionally, I learned that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are short the dollar. Smart people invest smart, so I suppose I should not be surprised.
But that’s not the point of this; there are weekend movie reviews!
In Good Company was decent; I thought the plot was interesting, though not unique, and that things weren’t tied together in a neat little bow a nice change. At the end of the day, I’m not sure there’s much to learn from it, but it was an entertaining story nonetheless; if you go into it expecting what you should, I don’t think you could be disappointed. 6/10.
Sideways… I really wanted to like Sideways, and I think Giamatti deserved at least a chance at the Oscar’s, but it’s not my decision. But, at the end of the day, this was not the film of the year, nor was it anything amazing. It was well done, well acted, and entertaining, but it wasn’t anything amazing. That it continues to get such a rave response confirms that the vast majority of movie releases are pure crap. In any event, I had a good time and thought it was a good film … but a festival selection … I just can’t see it. Again, well done, and a nice job pondering middle-age and a seemingly mundane existence, and you won’t be disappointed … but you’re not going to say “wow, that’s amazing.” 7/10.
As an aside, we saw Sideways at the Avon. I’ve got to say, for $18 in the middle of the day, I don’t know that it was worth it. Having no commercials is a treat, and the seating, while cramped and uncomfortable, was well-positioned. The thing is, the place seemed to be full of rather … well, stuck-up folks, and it was just an odd atmosphere. As much as the run-down noisy old-fashioned cash-only state theater suffered from modern projection equipment and amenities, I think it still provides a better experience … without paying the equivalent of a monthly netflix membership at the same time. All of that said, having a venue for art films three minutes from our apartment is still a treat for the stuff that’s harder to find in circulation … but then that’s what Netflix is for in the first place.
Seems to be the post for the elipses.