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Tonight we had one of our firm functions. I tend to go to these things just for the free food. Unfortunately the free food was nothing to write about (hence me not writing about it ;). And the crowd was rather small and sedate. My friend/co-worker and I stayed less than an hour. The most interesting thing that happened was we were carded! At the door! It was very strange. A group of people, including women not much older than us, walked in to the bar unimpeeded, but my friend and I got stopped and asked for our ID. Her immediate response was "I have a nineteen year old daughter". I was just too dumbstruck to say anything. Yeah, I look young for my age, but not that young.

I was also teased by my supposed friend because, on our way out of the office, we passed an attorney who waved and said hi to me, but apparently ignored her. She's implying this means something. I reminded her we're not sure what team he plays for. :p

As further evidence I am twelve, I must confess that I did a search on Jamie Bamber on LJ and got just a tiny thrill when I saw jamiebambernews pop up. This has little to do with him and the fact that I had an idea and followed through with it.

I haven't rec'd a movie in awhile. This past weekend I saw The Illusionist. I love me some Edward Norton. And unlike some of his recent work, this film is very, very good. Several things struck me about it. It's one of the most beautiful films I have seen in quite some time. The period recreation is exquisite and the use of light creates a dreamlike quality throughout the film. And with so many films using sound and fury to try and tell a story, the quietness of this film was incredibly refreshing. The biggest surprise of all though may be that, yes, Jessica Biel has acting ability.

My two quibbles (you know I always have to find something to criticize!) is a very spotty use of narration - it's used only at the beginning and end of the film - and a pivotal plot point that seems totally implausible.

Because I like to be contrary, I watched 'Studio 60' this evening. AOL was showing the premiere in it's entirety. Normally watching a show as a 4x3 image would not be ideal, but I could do that and clean out my bookmarks. :) Anyway, I know people already love this show and are eager for the season to start. I was rather 'Meh' about it. Loved the cast, but the material really didn't feel all that original or inspired to me. I'll probably give it a few weeks before I make any finale decisions, so you can refrain from throwing things for the time being.
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Damn. I keep forgetting to check your other place to hang. :( I'll definitely read your review later.

I can't believe you've never seen Edward in a film before?! You should be around me when I go on my tangent of how he was robbed of an Oscar for Primal Fear by Cuba "Show Me the Money" Gooding. Grrrrr.

And Thanks!
I just finished reading your review of the film and I need to comment on this one point:

Like I said, I've never seen anything with Edward Norton before, but whether Burger drew that performance out of him or knew enough to get out of the way, I applaud him.

I'd say he knew enough to get out of the way. Edward Norton has made some questionable film choices and, because of it, has had some not bad, but not great performances to his credit in recent years. But when he believes in something, when he knows he has good naterial, the director just needs to get out of his way and let him do his thing.

He seems to be going through a resurgance of late. I look at his profile on imdb and he has some interesting films either out or coming up. I'd recommend checking out his earlier work first. Primeal Fear was his first film role and I recall being blown away the first time I watched it. I won'tr say more less I ruin the experience for you. Fight Club I'd also recommend though people who see it either love it or hate, there is no in-between (I fall in the former catagory).

American History X is an interesting film not just for his performance and the subject matter, but the behind the scenes drama. The director apparently walked and rumor has it Edward finished the film. If you want to see him try his hand at comedy, Keeping the Faith is a cute film (and his official directorial debut). If you want to hear him sing (really), Everyone Says I Love You.
but my friend and I got stopped and asked for our ID.

Heh! So cute! *g*

I saw the promo for The Illusionist, and it did look beautiful. Good to read that it's entertaining. (And that Jessica Biel is not a stumbling block to enjoyment. :-)
All the actors were very good and made up for my small quibbles with the film. I did feel sorry for Rufus Sewell. Poor guy just can't seem to land a good guy role. My mother claims it's because he has a sinister look about him.
I saw The Illusionist yesterday, and I liked it too. And yeah, the most amazing thing was that Jessica Biel was able to hold her own onscreen with Edward Norton and Rufus Sewell! I agree that the pivotal plot point seemed impossible, but at the same time, I guessed it would happen.:)
I found the movie to be predictable, I mean, you just need to consider the title ;), yet I was very interested to see how the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. I don't think there is anything wrong with predicting how something will end as long as they make the journey getting there entertaining.
I have to admit that if I had been carded I would have been absolutely thrilled :)

You should be proud! I have a feeling it will be one of the more visited sites very soon.

I saw The Illusionist too, and liked it very much. I also loved the look of the film (the woman who did the costumes was the same one who did the costumes for the Lord of the Rings films). Like Chris, I had never seen Edward Norton in a movie! I was impressed. I didn't like the narration, thought it wasn't necessary, but loved Paul Giamotti. As for the pivotal plot point, it wasn't the most plausible one, but I went with it :)
People who have never seen Edward! ::is amazed::

The two films of his I'd recommend checking out are Fight Club which is just really interesting regardless of his being in it and Primal Fear the movie he should have won an Oscar for.
Those are two movies I have been wanting to see anyway, so thank you for rec'ing them. Primal Fear was his first big role too, wansn't it?
I am so glad to know The Illusionist is good! It looks so gorgeous, but gorgeous cinematography does not always an enjoyable movie make.
Because I like to be contrary, I watched 'Studio 60' this evening. AOL was showing the premiere in it's entirety. Normally watching a show as a 4x3 image would not be ideal, but I could do that and clean out my bookmarks. :) Anyway, I know people already love this show and are eager for the season to start. I was rather 'Meh' about it. Loved the cast, but the material really didn't feel all that original or inspired to me. I'll probably give it a few weeks before I make any finale decisions, so you can refrain from throwing things for the time being.

Teehee, you can be as contrary as you like m'dear, that's the joy of having an opinion. I ofcause, can't wait for Studio 60. As far as the pilot went, the first 20 minutes were a teeny bit slow (loved the rant at the beginning though), but if totally took off once Bradley Whitford & Matthew Perry made their appearances. For me the fly in the ointment, as it were, is Amanda Peet who just doesn't seem up to the level of those around here, but maybe that's a tad harsh on her so I'll give her a couple of eps before dismissing her completely! *grins*.

Is the pilot for S60 as good as the one for West Wing??? I'd say no, but then that West Wing pilot is probably one of, if not THE best one I've ever seen.

Anyway the point of my ramble is to say that I won't throw anything at you if you end up not going for Studio 60, if you don't throw anything at me because I can't stand BSG anymore....deal??? *grins*
Amanda Peet has never blown me away as an actress, but I don't think she's bad either. Steven Weber, an actor I've generally liked, came off as rather stiff in the pilot. I'm more impressed with Sarah Paulson. I think her character is quite interesting - a born again Christian who sings gospel songs on 'The 700 Club' yet works on a very liberal TV show and will fight for freedom of speech even if it clashes with her personal beliefs.
I didn't mean that she was really bad (that honour will always go to Melissa George and her Alias 'performance'. It was just that she wasn't as good as the rest of the cast I felt, and this is one of those casts where the weak links will be shown up.

And another character apparently based on someone from real life - in this case Kristin Chenoweth (ex girldfriend of Sorkin's and appeared in TWW for the last couple of years). I'm looking forward to seeing more of her too and apparently she figures a lot in the second ep.