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Fracture (2007) DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) murders his wife upon discovering she is having an affair, then, after phoning the police to tell them what he has done, waits for them to arrive.

A vengeful husband, found at the scene of his wife’s murder, a murder to which he has willingly confessed. Surely, it should be a simple open and shut case?

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Love can be a noun or a verb. It’s never typically used as an adjective. I never find myself saying, “That fruit smoothie was certainly love.” That said, I actually struggled with the title, Crazy, Stupid, Love, knowing full well that you really only need to separate the Crazy and Stupid with a comma, since those are the modifiers (i.e. adjectives) and love is the concept (i.e. noun). Then it hit me. They’re not describing love as anything. It’s just playing word association. In order to be in love, you must be a) Crazy and/or b) Stupid. Or maybe love makes you those two things. In this Steve Carrell vehicle, the latter is almost certainly true. Read the rest of this entry

Drive

“If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours no matter what.”

Every now and then, I am genuinely surprised by a movie. I try to avoid trailers as much as possible now because they tend to show all of the good scenes of a movie. I don’t really read movie reviews too much either for the same reasons. I don’t mind spoilers, but movie reviewers and critics love to give specifics for everything. Which inevitably ends up spoiling something. I might see a movie because of its director or star, but lately I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff at random. Drive is a movie that I knew almost nothing about before seeing it other than the fact that it starred the guy from The Notebook (Ryan Gosling) and looked like a throwback to the car chase movies I had seen as a kid (Bullit, The French Connection). Drive turns out to be the best surprise for me at the movies this year.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Love can be a noun or a verb.  It’s never typically used as an adjective.  I never find myself saying, “That fruit smoothie was certainly love.”  That said, I actually struggled with the title, Crazy, Stupid, Love, knowing full well that you really only need to separate the Crazy and Stupid with a comma, since those are the modifiers (i.e. adjectives) and love is the concept (i.e. noun). Then it hit me.  They’re not describing love as anything.  It’s just playing word association.   In order to be in love, you must be a) Crazy and/or b) Stupid.  Or maybe love makes you those two things.  In this Steve Carrell vehicle, the latter is almost certainly true.   Read the rest of this entry