38 End of the World Movies (Supercut)

CriticaDaqueleFilme will one day have to do a happy montage, but that doesn’t really seem to be their thing.  At any rate,they make a darn fine montage.  As it’s 3:15 a.m. here in the States and I cannot sleep and shall probably go into work fueled by Red Bull and momentum, presented are far worse situations to put all of that in perspective.  Points for naming all 38 in the comments.  Follow CDF on YouTube and bravo to them for another one.

John Williams Ready and Willing to Score Star Wars Again

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I have to say that one of my first thoughts upon hearing that Star Wars would continue was, “But how without John Williams?”  The music of Star Wars is such an integral part of the mythos and, say what you will about the prequels, the quality of the scores have never dipped.  I am an unabashed Williams fanatic.  I’ve seen him in concert at the Hollywood Bowl four times and the best part is always when they get to the Star Wars pieces and people all over the arena will whip out lightsabers and conduct the music.  I had assumed that Williams wouldn’t be involved for a few reasons, but primarily: the man is in his eighties and JJ Abrams works with Michael Giacchino.  Directors and composers usually pair up and, as Williams has with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Giacchino have done everything together.  However, at a recent concert, Maestro Williams told the crowd the following:

We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].

That doesn’t sound definitive, but it sounds like if his health permits it, he wants to come back.  If he does, I don’t see how you can’t have him.  You’re going to be using some of his music anyway.  Maybe Giacchino would work with him as James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer did on the first two Dark Knight movies.  At any rate, this seems like another indicator that everyone involved wants to return to the universe and is excited about the prospect of telling new stories.

Book Review: The Finish-The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden

 

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If you’re going to read non-fiction (and you really should), you can’t do much better than Mark Bowden.  Bowden is a master of taking extraordinarily complex situations and making them read like the most gripping page turner.  His speciality is the overlap between military and government.  He’s probably best known for authoring Black Hawk Down (which is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read).  This would all seem to lead right up his alley to chronicling the raid that lead to Seal Team Six taking out Osama bin Laden.

I came to this straight off of seeing Zero Dark Thirty and primarily wanting to know more.  I also bought No Easy Day by “Mark Owens”, which is the only on-the-ground account of the raid from any of the Seals to date.  Bowden’s take is almost completely opposite of the path Zero Dark Thirty takes to the raid, which didn’t help me too much with my quest to find out, did that really happen?  Bowden begins at 9/11 looking at it through the eyes of the people who would make the decision and would travel into Pakistan a decade later to raid bin Laden’s compound.  His path is more of a view from the Oval Office, rather than on-the-ground.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the book and it is a quick read.  However, the reason it is a quick read is the problem I have with it: too soon.  The tricky thing about history is that it is, essentially, fiction by the people who live to write their accounts.  If you want the most accurate possible look at an event, your sweet spot is about 30-50 years after when people are still alive but not accountable (how revealing a quote was Obama going to give while running for a second term?) and documents start to become unclassified.  You need perspective for history.  We don’t have it on 9/11 yet.  We certainly don’t have it on the bin Laden raid.  I think Bowden was reaching and seemed to be uncharacteristically padding an already thin premise.  It’s a worthwhile read and has extremely interesting subject matter, but for vintage Bowden, try Black Hawk Down, Guests of the Ayatollah or Killing Pablo.

7.0/10

Is this the New Xbox?

New Xbox?
New Xbox?

On the eve of Sony’s Playstation 4 announcement, pictures have hit the Web of what is purportedly the New Xbox.  The timing seems interesting and Microsoft has all but said an announcement on the new console was coming soon.  The box indicates that of the numerous names bantered about, Xbox Infinity will be the console’s name.  Take it for what you will, but I think once Sony’s buzz dies down, we’re going to hear an official release announcement from Microsoft.

Xbox Infinity
Xbox Infinity

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