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Sunday
May172009

Apple may actually make an all-in-one netbook & e-book reader

Apple may be looking to enter two new markets this year: netbooks and e-books. The company is expected to announce a new version of the iPhone at its World Wide Developers Conference, June 8-12, but it has another device up its sleeve. From the rumors I’ve seen, that device may be an all-in-one touch netbook and e-book reader. Here’s why.

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Friday
May012009

Piecing Together Chungking Express

Upon first viewing, Chungking Express doesn't appear like it has much to offer. It's a mash-up of two separate and distinct stories. The first half of the film tells the stories of Cop 223 taking down criminals while coping with the loss of his girlfriend, and a woman in a blonde wig whose drug deal goes south and who must track down the money or face the consequences from her employer. The second half is all about Cop 663 and his meet-ups with Faye, a new employee at the Midnight Express; she finds the key to his apartment in a Dear John letter and secretly starts visiting it and changing things every day at lunch. After subsequent viewings, however, the two halves begin to connect.

As I noticed the growing connections between the two stories, a whole world of stylistic depth opened in front of me. I continue to watch the film again and again, and each time I discover a new piece to its puzzle. Narrative similarities, color, character framing, and camera stalking are just a few of the many style elements that tie Chungking Express together and take it from good to grand.

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Tuesday
Apr282009

Review: The Soloist **

The Soloist is not the inspirational basket of hope that its trailer implies. Instead, we have two actors working hard for Oscar nominations in a film that doesn’t know what it wants to accomplish. Like its main character, The Soloist has something to offer, but spends most of its time schizophrenic and confused.

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Monday
Mar302009

Review: Knowing ****

I enjoyed Knowing, despite my biases. I think I want to hate it. After all, it is another Nicolas Cage action film— Ghost Rider and Next are still fresh in my mind—and the trailer reminded me of a hundred “the world is ending and only one smart guy can save it” action movies. Yet somehow, despite a tapestry of character and story cliches, Knowing transcends.

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