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There is much to like in The Debt, an espionage thriller with Helen Mirren headlining an excellent cast. The international feel is spot-on, although some may find, like me, the jumping forward and back through time a bit disconcerting. I find no fault either with the star turns by Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and the ordinarily wooden Sam Worthington, who plays his part convincingly in this film. I could have done with more of Mirren on screen, but maybe that's because I am an especial fan. Certainly, Jessica Chastain, who plays her younger self in the movie does an excellent job. The heavy handed moral message detracts in the end, although not enough to spoil an otherwise fine film.
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THE HELP... Kudos to cast and crew for transfixing those of us more accustomed to blow-'em-up, cowboys-or-aliens action flicks throughout a more-than-2-hour movie inspired by culture and events of the early 1960s. Although I felt the film glossed over some of the issues, tied up others with a too-tidy bow, and downplayed much of horrific living conditions endured by those living in the segregated South, the film manages to capture an authentic looking slice of life from the past. The movie has been out for several weeks now. See it before it's box-office history.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a triumph of CGI and motion capture technology. Unlike a couple of my film-going companions, I thoroughly enjoyed the story line as told from Caesar the chimp's point of view. Yes, the movie had laughable moments, but overall, I found Caesar's very "human" story of a young leader's rise to prominence to be totally captivating.
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Good observation! There's also a "pay-off" moment when one of the freed animals -- an orangatang, I think -- slips past Caesar and gives him a knowing look, the thinnest whisper of a smile, that I thought was pretty great, considering it was CGI and motion cap tech. Flawed, yes, but many fine moments, too. This is one that will stay with me awhile.
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Somewhere beyond fuzzy mentalist intractability, scientific scorn, and wide-eyed, new-age gullibility lie answers that will surely astonish us all.
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Hiroshi stared one down and got the Vector to back away. I think it was a couple episodes ago. I still suspect an alien element to the storyline. Either the team of original scientists at the compound discovered an alien lifeform, a la John Carpenter's The Thing, and started messing with the genetic code, or one or more of them got inadvertently infected by it. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Hiroshi and the blonde he killed (can't remember the character's name, but it's the same actress who played a borg in one of the Star Trek series) are both alien themselves wearing human "suits."
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Fans of the books will appreciate the reboot of Conan the Barbarian. There is much to commend it if action-adventure with a high violence factor is your thang, although the villain and Conan's father could have played better. I found neither of them satisfyingly resonant in their archetypal roles, but Rose McGowan as the creepy witch more than makes up for her father's anemic villain. Jason Momoa in the title role offers a smarter, rangier barbarian. The opening scene is a shocker, and the young Conan fun to watch in action. Still, I was hoping for at least a few nods to the Conan Arnie made famous, if only for the sheer campy fun the 1982 version brought to the screen.
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I first heard about the jellyfish problem while reading an article on how the Japanese are dealing with the population explosion, http://pinktentacle.com/tag/jellyfish/, but I hadn't realized just how gargantuan a problem it has become. Scientists are assessing the impact of overfishing, pollution and climate change: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14556755
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I think the jellyfish has a guest appearance in the upcoming remake of The Thing.
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Welcome to Stone Age redux, at least in a storage solution purported to last forever.
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It's not what you think.
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Yes, I loved the artfulness of it, and also the playfulness. It's also got a bit of a creep factor -- always a plus!
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