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August 4, 2009


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Coffee and Cigarettes

A few links for today:

  • A new study shows that people have a lot less self-control than they think they do, and people who think they're good at resisting temptation are actually terrible at it. One of the tests involved college student smokers watching Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes (which features Iggy and Tom, above) while holding an unlit cigarette in their hand or, for the hardcore delusional people, in their mouths. Three times more students who thought they had unbreakable self-control smoked during the movie than the other students.

    The lesson: you are helpless to resist that donut/cigarette/drink/cute flirt, so who do you think you're kidding? As Wilde said, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

  • Latest cast addition to Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch: Carla Gugino. If this movie isn't fantastic I'm going to cry.
  • Review copies of G.I. Joe aren't going to be released, which is usually a bad sign. But really, what have they got to lose? Transformers 2 showed that fans don't care what critics say anyway, so why put what's probably a pretty disappointing movie out there to get bad reviews? One reviewer who has seen it called it "a big, silly, pulpy, cartoony action film." Yeah, no kidding.
  • Some statisticians who think language used in song lyrics and on blogs indicate our national mood found that teen blogs use "an abundance of 'sick,' 'hate' and 'stupid.' "
  • Michiko Kakutani weighs in not so positively on Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, which sounds like an intentionally breezy read: "it feels more like a Classic Comics version of a Pynchon novel than like the thing itself."

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Has Snyder ever made a movie that was fantastic? Has he ever made a movie that wasn't actually pretty bad? Prepare your tears now, I'd say.

Posted by: That Fuzzy Bastarrd at August 4, 2009 9:37 PM

Here's one: Dawn of the Dead. For what it is, I freaking love that movie. Watchmen was very flawed, but had moments of brilliance, most (all?) of which were because of Jackie Earle Haley or Carla Gugino. 300, eh.

But Sucker Punch has Snyder's hyperactive goofball aesthetic coupled with teenage girls busting out of a 1960s mental institution with machine guns. That doesn't stir something deep down inside of you? The exploitation fan in me just can't help herself.

Posted by: amy at August 4, 2009 11:05 PM

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