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'J. Edgar' review - A biopic with very little to say

J. Edgar Hoover is somewhat enigmatic within the grand narrative of modern American history. His name, though well known, doesn’t much carry a face, and an accurate understanding of his accomplishments and personal life is still, even today, elusive. He’s shown up in popular culture from time to time—I’m thinking mainly of references from the likes of Seinfeld or The Simpsons—but only as a name, very rarely as a man. I suspect that to many born after his death in 1972, his identity is considerably murkier than those of the many presidents he served under, or the movie stars and activist leaders he so relentlessly targeted. History has never quite understood how he should be remembered. It’s tempting to call him an evil man, but if he were so, what then should be said about the citizenry that allowed him so much power and influence for so many decades? Pondering his legacy now, I think it’s downright remarkable that an historical figure like Hoover has remained a specter for so long. I smile at the irony, too—surely a man as obsessed with shadows and secrets wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Perhaps the ambivalence surrounding Hoover’s identity was the reason I viewed director Clint Eastwood’s latest bit of Oscar-bait with such regrettable enthusiasm. I must have hoped, on some level, that J. Edgar would provide a definitive account of the man’s life; that Eastwood—himself a noted conservative—would arrange for me the facts of J. Edgar Hoover’s existence into some sort of salient coherence. This did not happen. Rather, Eastwood has crafted a film that takes far too much pleasure in the mystique of its central character, barely attempting (if at all) to illustrate how the cogs in his head turned over the course of a very long and illustrious career.

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Here's the solution to Inception! (funny)

The last frame of this one gets me. This was sent to me by a friend. Everybody's been looking for plot holes in Inception and this may be it. I wish If I knew who made it, I would credit them. If you know, please post a comment or email me!


Inception extracts an impressive $61.7 million over the weekend (box office)

For a while, I thought I might be dreaming, but Inception is officially a hit. Audiences around the country have recognized a great film for its merits, not its brand. The Christopher Nolan epic brought in $61.7 million from around 3,792 theaters, topping even the best estimates of $60 million. It's the best opening ever for star Leonardo DiCaprio, and probably most everyone else in the film, and also the 2nd best opening for a science fiction film that isn't a sequel. Avatar is first.

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INCEPTION is a masterpiece that will leave you breathless (review)

Rating:  (Exceptional)

When Inception ended, everyone in my theater let out a collective gasp. We had all been a part of something truly intense. Not since Requiem for a Dream has a movie so tightly wound me into its world. Christopher Nolan explores the realm of dreams, memories, and the subconscious mind with Inception, the film that will surely make him a household name. Amidst a sea of remakes, sequels, and by-the-numbers blockbusters, Nolan has made one the most unpredictable, astounding pieces of art I've ever seen. I recommend you stop reading and go watch it.

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New Inception trailer shows off its characters

I hesitate to post this, because I believe the less we know about this film, the better it will be, but I can't help myself. I never liked an unopened present. Warner Bros. has released a new trailer showing off the characters and their roles in the film. To learn more, continue on.

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New INCEPTION featurette is worth a look

This is my most anticipated movie of the year. Seeing this makes me even more confident in Christopher Nolan. He is one of the only directors who still tries to use real world locations and real stunts for his films. CGI and studio sets just can't match a real location, no matter how good they look. 

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Check it out: New INCEPTION trailer and poster!

A revealing new trailer and fun poster for Christopher Nolan's (Memento, Insomnia, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige) new film, Inception, has arrived. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a dream thief of sorts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears to play a member of his team. The story synopsis is below (warning! there are a couple spoilers). The film's story is completely original, unlike almost everything else to come out of Hollywood these days. It hits theaters July 16th.

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Mel Gibson's upcoming Viking film may be his last

Mel Gibson is going to direct an epic Viking film starring Leonardo DiCaprio...then he may retire. In an interview with the LA Times, Gibson discussed his dream project.

“It was the first movie I ever thought about making," Gibson said. "I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”

His friends and colleagues disagree, however, arguing that he is too restless to ever fully retire. I'd agree. I'm not sure why people feel the need to say they're retiring all the time. I suppose I won't figure that out until I hit that age (and am super famous). In any case, Gibson seems very excited about his new Viking film. Bill Monahan, who penned The Departed and the disappointing Edge of Darkness, will script the film. 

"We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now,” Gibson said. “When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that’s what I will be going for in this film. It’s a challenge though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don’t want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."

Interesting. The producer, Graham King, also made note that the upcoming film is not going to be supernatural, like the upcoming Thor movie from Marvel. It's a good article. Thanks to Get The Big Picture for the image and link to the LA Times story.


SHUTTER ISLAND is an about-face for Scorsese


Martin Scorsese likes horror-mystery-thrillers, but I don't think he likes what they have become. Shutter Island, his stab at the genre, has the foreboding music and jump cuts of a traditional horror film, but sticks to its mystery for its thrills. You won't find big-budget action sequences or slow-motion fight scenes in Scorsese's epic. Instead, he looks back toward Hitchcock and other pioneers of the genre to re-teach, and perhaps re-learn, the art of good horror. His experiment is a success, for the most part, though he mutes his own style in the process. 

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