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I went to see Public Enemies Friday. It was an OK matinee movie. Johnny Depp gave a competent performance as John Dillinger, and I  did stay awake. 

The best part of the movie was BIlly Crudup as J. Edgar Hoover. He played Hoover as a fussy controlling type. His performance was a bit over the top...he almost seemed like a character from an old British comedy. But I think the movie could have used a little more of this. . It's a gangster movie. You're not supposed to be subtle and nuanced in a gangster movie, and Crudup certainly wasn't. I didn't know it was Crudup until I watched the closing credits. That speaks well of his performance. You're supposed to think "wow J. Edgar was certainly a prissy little fussbudget", not "Hey, there's Billy Crudup!". He deserves an Oscar nomination.

There were a bunch of trailers. One was for Bruno. No thanks. I didn't like Borat ,and  If I want to see someone be an arrogant, intrusive asshole I don't need to buy a movie ticket for that.

There were a couple that looked promising. One was for a movie about Julia Childs. It looks like it's not a standard biopic. There's a parallel plot about a woman trying to acheive fame by cooking all of Child's recipes. It might have been better to make a movie about Julia Child's CIA connections, but this will do. There was another one about Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee, that looks like it might be good.

The best movie news was not in the trailers. I saw posters  for the new Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglorious Basterds (misspelling in original.) One of the posters had a tag-line about Nazi-occupied Germany. Quentin Tarantino is doing a World War II movie. That looks quite promising.



"If I want to see someone be an arrogant, intrusive asshole I don't need to buy a movie ticket for that."

Yeah, just watch any political debate for that. :(