December 10th, 2010

problem cat

frankly, my dear scarlet--

Roger Ebert is a national treasure. I have absolutely no intention of seeing "The Tourist," but that doesn't make me any less inclined to love his review.

The plot involves — oh, hell, you know, the usual mystery man who has stolen millions from a gangster and gone into hiding while smuggling instructions to Jolie, his lover, instructing her to take the train to Venice, etc. And the cops from Scotland Yard who are tailing her in hopes of nailing the guy. And the gangster and his hit men who are also on the thief’s trail. And chases over the rooftops of Venice, dinner on a train, a scene in a casino, designer gowns and a chase through the canals with Jolie at the controls of a motor taxi, and...

Well, there was really only one cliche left, and I was grateful when it arrived. You know how a man in a high place will look down and see a canvas awning that might break his fall, and he jumps into it? Yep. And it’s shielding a fruit cart at the open-air market and he lands on the oranges and runs off, leaving the cart owner shaking his fist. This is a rare example of the Vertical Fruit Cart Scene, in which the cart is struck not from the side but from the top.
criminal minds reid seeing things

i used to be so rock and roll. it's a question of confidence maybe.

Criminal Minds metanarrative thunk...

...oh, huh. If this season's thematic arc is supposed to be about secrets,. and Seaver's big trauma is all up in lights... then what does that imply about (a) the secrets people (her father, the FBI) are keeping from her... and (b) what other secrets she might have?

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