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Review: Star Trek

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In order of preference, I wanted to see Terminator: Salvation, Wolverine, and Star Trek.

However, an Army special ops type buddy had free passes to Star Trek and off we went. To be frank, I was never a Trekkie and have never actually sat down to watch any sort of ST movie before this.

Mild spoiler alert:

I came away entertained, though parts of that movie were incredibly trite (the child sequence killed the great first ten minutes build up, as did the little toy Enterprise after the motivational speech soon thereafter). Buddy was cracking up during the entire HALO sequence. As I was during the Cloverfield sequence. And the whole thing had a Lost-esque quality to it.

End spoiler.

In terms of military reform however, if that’s the way we’re still running militaries in 1,000 years, we’re better off just giving up. Rigid hierarchicies, hundreds if not thousands of individuals on board a single craft (compare to a Predator), and West Point to the N’th degree (which should be exploded).

With that in mind, I’m still looking forward to the new Terminator. Hopefully I’ll be seeing it in the next couple days.



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The Dark Knight and the Nolans

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The movie is fantastic. Just go watch it.

Also learned that, while Chris Nolan can direct, he should be relying on his brother Jonathan Nolan to write absolutely every flick he makes (J has been part of every C film that was phenomenal 0 Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight).

(Interstellar with Spielberg at the helm and J. Nolan writing is something I am very much looking forward to.)



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Review: The Interpereter

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Would have been 10 times better if they had cut out every scene where Penn and Kidman talk or look at each other without moving the story forward.



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Review: A Mighty Heart

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Very well done intense film. Someone had a solid understanding of the dynamics at play in Pakistan and communicated it well. Additionally and surprisingly, the script was “open” in the sense it had a lot of references to the area’s security environment that go unexplored but avail themselves to those familiar with the region. (For example, HuJI is mentioned a quarter of the way through the film.) Adding it to the shelf next to Syriana.



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