Sunday, March 9, 2008

Well, Let's Go Home

"The Wire" is finally over and I'm bummed. David Simon was true to his world to the very end and everything was wrapped up fairly cleanly. Plus, I knew the homeless killer in college. Kudos to Simon, and I look forward to seeing his next project, apparently on the Iraq War. Some other things I watched this weekend:
  • Look out for Drake (no matter what) and Belmont (depending on their matchup) in the tourney. Both play a Princeton-style offense that is so hard for most teams to prepare for. Drake also adds stifling defense.
  • Saw two good Westerns this weekend on DVD:
    • #1 was the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Very fun and cartoonish with the expected good acting. Strong recommendation for anyone looking for an action flick.
    • #2 was quite different from the first -- The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. The movie, at two hours and forty minutes, is even longer than the title and it is extraordinarily slow. I compared it to Capote, where the acting is fantastic and the pace can be excruciating, but it's the art form the director chose. It's also kind of made in a Ken Burns style with the narration. All of the actors do very well, and of course Casey Affleck was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (and deservedly so, I thought he was better in this than even in Gone, Baby, Gone). I don't get how the studios submit performances for rewards though; Affleck is in it as much as anyone else. It's kind of hard to believe that the kid we thought got his role in Good Will Hunting is a far, far better actor than his big brother and, dare I say it, maybe even than Matt Damon.

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