Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sorry for the absence

I've been sick for a week or more and couldn't get up the energy to post much. I did finish John Adams and was enthralled. There were some less exciting bits when Adams became curmudgeonly at the end, but seeing them shape the country and ideals and then build the White House was exciting stuff. Makes you rethink the influence of just a few people, and makes the decisions we make today about what TV/news/journalism we support in addition to which leaders we elect really should make a difference. All US history class should watch this.

As for other stuff I've seen, I really want to support a kids movie, Nim's Island with Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin, and Gerard Butler. It was terrific, more than met expectations of frivolous fun. Breslin and Butler live alone on an island in the South Pacific where he studies ecology. Nim is home schooled and educated about everything around her. And when her shipment of supplies arrives, there's a new book by her favorite author, Alex Rover, adventurer extraordinaire. It turns out Alexandra Rover is a agoraphobic who never sees the world. When Nim's father doesn't return on time from a plankton scouting trip, Breslin calls on her author to help find him. It's lots of fun, with Nim defending her island from tourists, and Foster's fight with her phobias to try to save a little girl. Definitely watch the deleted scenes if you get the DVD, they cut whole story arcs that are terrific, but would have made a kids movie much too long. Great to see Foster in something light-hearted, and Breslin is growing up to be less annoying all the time. 4 LAMBS/stars

Oh, and it's been a while, but I LOVED The Great Debaters with Denzel Washington, but really wanted to point out the great future career of one of it's stars, Jurnee Smollett, she plays the female debater, but also had a stand-out role on last season's finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (the girl with the brain tumor who survives). She's a really terrific actress, and hopefully will keep getting good roles.

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