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Will It Explode?

1 Aug

Thanks to EW.com’s Pop Watch blog for this awesome time waster. It’s almost like a sequel to Will It Blend.com, which I wrote about a few weeks back. On this site, you can watch stuff get blow’d up in a microwave. Totally juvenile, but there’s something really entertaining about watching marshmallows or roll-on deodorant or ketchup packets going boom. So, go to the site, watch for yourself, and enjoy.

Grandpa Martin?

1 Aug

I think I slept funny last night, because my back’s been bothering me all day.

And it was no fun to have a four-hour meeting where I had to sit in an uncomfortable chair the whole time, but worse might have been walking around the office with my hand on my back, in a small degree of agony.

And worse than that may have been the feeling that if I’ve got back pain, then I must be getting old.

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Bourne Again

1 Aug

From the very beginning, the Bourne movies have been thinking person’s action films: they’re dense with plot, well-acted, and filled with exciting action scenes.

The Bourne Ultimatum is no exception to that rule.

It starts off with a chase in Moscow, filmed with handheld cameras in a style that puts you right in the middle of the action and heightens the suspense, and doesn’t let up until its conclusion less than two hours later (talk about an efficient film).

Damon, as always, is great, and he’s joined here by Joan Allen (reprising her role from The Bourne Supremacy), David Strathairn, and Albert Finney.

The handheld camerawork continues throughout the film, giving it a jittery look, and director Paul Greengrass (also returning from Supremacy) stages an edge of your seat chase through Tangiers and a short but effective one in New York with Bourne driving a police car, both of which are really cool.

But some of the dialogue feels stilted, and I don’t think the movie’s as good or exciting as Supremacy was.

Still, calling Ultimatum the lesser of the three films is like saying chocolate is the worst ice cream flavor — it may be lacking in ingredients, but it’s still pretty darned good.

And that’s why I’m giving Ultimatum a B+.