Archive | January, 2013

Frick and Frack

2 Jan

promised-land-posterMatt Damon is a very likeable guy, and someone moviegoers can easily root for, whether he’s playing a genius from Southie, an amnesiac CIA assassin, or a corporate informant who makes a lot of stuff up.

But in the new film Promised Land, we know pretty early on that Damon is not the guy we want to see come out on top.

Here, he’s playing Steve Butler, who, with his partner Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), tries to convince the residents of a small farming town hit hard by the tough economy to sell their land and allow an energy company to drill there. These two city folk arrive and quickly establish a local story and appearance, buying clothes from a town store (managed by the Man in Black himself, Titus Welliver) and emphasizing their Midwestern upbringing. It’s sketchy and inauthentic right off the bat. Continue reading

27 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

1 Jan

Boy-with-binocularsI woke up this morning with a big smile on my face.

It wasn’t because 2012 is over, and it wasn’t because of early reports that the fiscal cliff situation was resolved.

It was because 2013 is here.

Sure, some people feel that today is just another day, and January 1 isn’t so different from all the other days of the year. But when the year that just ended wasn’t one of your favorites, you wake up on January 1 with a new outlook, a blank slate, and renewed hope.

Suffice it to say, I’m in a better mood today than I was yesterday.

2013 is going to be a great year. How do I know? Because there are a lot of good things on the horizon. Continue reading