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Creation
Monday, 12 April 2010 13:06

Creation tells the story of Charles Darwin during the time he was writing his book On the Origin of Species. The book and the theories it provided would completely change society's views about creation and science, controversially taking God our of the equation and allowing natural selection to step in.

The film stars Paul Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly as the couple who dearly love each other but are at war fundamentally. Darwin doesn't wish to break his wife's heart by publishing his theories, which he knows challenge everything she believes. He also struggles with memories of the death of his daughter Anna which he cannot get over.

The film style is beautiful, but I found the shifting back and forth through time to be distracting in this film. It didn't allow me to connect with the characters as well on an emotional level. Also, the speculation that his daughters death is what caused Darwin's ill health throughout his life became the focal point of the film. Instead I would have liked to see more focus put on his scientific discoveries and personal struggle with the knowlege he was gaining.

4 Stars

 
A Serious Man
Thursday, 18 February 2010 22:02

Despite Oscar nominations for both Best Picture and Original Screenplay I was disappointed by this latest Coen brothers' film. Though I'm sure one could argue that I simply didn't "grasp the deeper, intellectual meaning" of the film, I like to think of it as - "yawn".

There were some very amusing, even hilarious, moments in this dark comedy and the acting was great but somehow it wasn't enough for me. In fact, it had me checking the time about every ten minutes. I didn't like or care about any of the characters, with the exception of the main character Larry (Michael Stuhlbarg) who suffers misfortune upon misfortune as a modern day Job.

I am normally a big fan of the Coen's films but this one was more "miss" than "hit" for me.

 
The Hurt Locker
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 22:28
The Hurt Locker is nominated for Best Picture, and deserves to be on that list. I love how this film explores the topic of Americans at war without ever being self-righteous or sappy. It also manages to build extreme tension by drawing out a scene, making you wait through long nail biting moments of calm. Director Kathryn Bigelow wisely avoids too much shaky camera or loud noises, reserving the chaos for when it counts the most. A great film.
 
Mad Men
Sunday, 07 February 2010 21:56
Just rounded up Season 2 and this show sure is becoming addictive! Can't wait to watch Season 3. Don Draper is my idea of yummy, minus the bad behavior of course.
 
Fringe
Sunday, 07 February 2010 21:52
I'm currently catching up on Fringe and just hitting the middle of Season 2. It's turning out to be a great and interesting show - very X-Files but hopefully they won't make the same mistakes. Favorite character has to be Walter (John Noble) of course! He is extremely well written and has the best lines on the show. Things are getting interesting as Agent Dunham starts to learn more about her own past and the mysterious parallel universe.
 
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