Friday, May 30, 2008

Support Sport

As is usually the case during the weeks that Jon Stewart and Co. are on vacation, I sit in anticipation of how various events will be covered on The Daily Show. Case in point is the ongoing partisan bickering over Senator Jim Webb's expansion of the G.I. bill, and which gave rise to this bit from last night's show. It's one of the more scathing commentaries that Stewart has unleashed in recent months, and it calls to account the unrelenting phoniness of Team Bush's (including John McCain's) so-called "support" for the troops, which seems to begin and end with getting them onto the field of combat:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bits of Bloggy Business

Well, things got a bit hectic there with the winding down of the Spring semester and the drip-drip-drip of grading, grading, grading, but with today's review of Indiana Jones we mark what will (fingers crossed) be the end of a bit of a dry spell around these here parts.

As you can no doubt tell, the long awaited Iron Man review never did materialize, but no worries, as I'm planning to integrate it into my eventual look at The Incredible Hulk in a few short weeks, making for a Marvel Movie-Palooza. If you can't wait 'till then, here's the Reader's Digest version: Awesome. Go see it. Twice.

Also, with the primary campaign lurching inexorably towards its conclusion (though nobody seems to have told Hillary Clinton), I'll hopefully be ramping up my commentary on the election season real soon as well, so keep it here.

Now go read my Indy IV review.

Zaki's Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

These are the hardest reviews to write.

Not the unabashed rave or the unqualified thumbs-down, but rather the “eh.” The shoulder shrug. I had the same problem with last year’s Spider-Man 3 (which I never did end up reviewing) and such is the case with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film whose illustrious lineage is both blessing and curse, and for which only the hypnotic, magnetic pull of nostalgia helps elevate it above the merely ordinary.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Shut. The. Hell. Up."

It's been awhile, and it's taken a little longer than anticipated to get my Iron Man review up, but until then, check out Keith's latest Special Comment on President Bush (remember him?):

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hulked Up

This primary election season turned into a bad telenovella in terms of both length and drama, so I'm grateful that tomorrow sees the summer movie season kick into gear so we have something else to talk about while Clinton and Obama rain rhetorical projectiles on each other. Iron Man hits theaters this weekend, and I expect to have my review up sometime soon, but in the meantime here's the full trailer for The Incredible Hulk. Fans of the television show should take note of the four bars of music at the very end of the trailer. Hopefully some of that Iron Man mojo rubs off on this, as the buzz has been thin to non-existent up to now.