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The media has been talking so much lately about the movies that are really bad (Hot Pursuit, Paul Blart 2) that we haven’t heard nearly enough about the great ones.

Like Ex Machina.

Ex-Machina-cast-bannerSci fi? Yes.

But it’s so much more. And I challenge any of you who may have dismissed its AI premise to give it another look.

For one, the performances are stellar. Alicia Vikander as the robot Ava is stunning. You can completely understand why Caleb, played by the equally compelling Domhnall Gleeson, is so taken with her, because you are, too. (And does anyone remember that the two were also romantically paired in the wonderful Anna Karenina? #PointsMe)

Oscar Isaac is also the most wonderful kinda crazy as Ava’s inventor.  “Isn’t it strange,” Ava asks him, “to create something that hates you?”

The cat and mouse game in this movie is wonderful. The film is filled with monsters, and it won’t be too long before you don’t know which is which. You’ll leave the theater talking about this film long afterwards.

For the right reasons.

Bloodline post-binge

I finished watching the 13th and final episode of season one of Bloodline, the new drama from Netflix, who just keeps churning out these excellent shows.
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I thought this might be a one-and-done, but they recently announced the show will be back for season two.

That explains a couple of things about the finale…which I won’t mention here.

I want you to watch it, of course, if you aren’t already. And here’s why.

  1. Ben Mendelsohn  — Apparently he is a leading actor in his native Australia, but even as much as I watch movies and TV, his face was new to me.  He is brilliant. Really. He quietly steals every scene on the strength of his character work alone.
  2. Water Torture — The show may take place at a hotel on the Florida Keys, but the layers of mystery that surround the family members are doled out in excruciatingly slow drips. And I love it. When you’re used to movie trailers giving away the entire film in less than two minutes, it’s nice to have a genuine surprise in every episode. This pacing fits the leisurely vacation location, too.
  3. Game of Thrones — Characters drop right and left; that’s why I thought the show was over in one season. The second year is going to be interesting, but I have faith in the strong–albeit bloodied–cast that remains.

So, add it to your Netflix queue.  You will thank me!

Gone too soon

After The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened — making a bazillion dollars the first weekend — social media exploded with unhappy campers out for director Joss Whedon’s head. He even left Twitter.

I wondered why.

I finally saw the movie today, and I know why I’m annoyed. [SPOILER ALERT]

aaron taylor johnson avengers He killed off Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

I’m not that upset that he killed the Quicksilver character.

I’m not that hardcore.

But once you include Johnson in a movie, and the audience gets used to looking at him and listening to him talk in the beautiful accent he selected for this part, it’s just heartbreaking to have him ripped away so suddenly.

Especially when sequels are pretty much a guarantee in this franchise.

I am not pleased.

The day the music died

american-idol-judges-feb-26-2014-ftrAmerican Idol is being canceled?

I feel such strong emotions  — or I’m trying to, anyway — so I must breakout into song, like any decent musical would:

(My apologies to “American Pie.”)

Denial, denial,
American Idol

You are leaving
I am grieving
in a ugly rage spiral

Sure, I’ve spent my nights
watching your network rival, singing —

I’ll tune back in for the big final.
I’ll tune back in for the big final.

So long, AI.  (Harry, you were my fav.)

Yo quiero Taco Bell

I don’t eat much fast food, and it’s not because I’m a health nut.

Far from it.

It’s just my favorite fast food restaurant, Taco Bell, isn’t in my neighborhood…thank goodness.

Why is the Bell my fav?

Well, I’ve never liked hamburgers, so that eliminates most other chains. Mexican food I love.

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And after seeing this sign, I appreciate the Bell even more. Chalupas and a sense of humor?

Where do I sign up?

Perfect pair

AMC

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Sweetarts

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I love you both.

How many matinees have I enjoyed with popcorn in one hand, Sweetarts in the other, and a large diet soda in the seat’s cup holder?

But, alas, that’s only memory now.

For some reason, you two have parted ways, and my favorite movie candy is no longer available at the AMC concession counter.

I have expressed my disappointment at the theatre. I have requested Sweetarts’ return in online surveys. But today —

I’m takin’ it to the tweets.

Resolve your differences.  Bring sweet and salty together again. The weekend is here…

And the Egg wants to see a movie.

Sniff test

Trash day is tomorrow here in NYC — heck , we have it three days a week — so the garbage bags were lining the streets during my evening walk with Rory.

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In my neighborhood most of the bags are Mint-X brand, advertised to be rodent-repellent…which got me thinking —

What do mice have against mint?

Is it poisonous to them? Does it make them sick? Will it irritate their creepy rodent skin?

Nope. They simply don’t like the smell.

Well, la te da. Sorry to offend the disease-carrying little critters.