Having two Oscars in the can will buy anyone's floundering career a stay of execution, but apart from committed, powerful performances in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby, Swank has a résumé spottier than a leopard with severe acne.
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And: "Coming later this year: Reeves as Klaatu in a remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. No, seriously, we aren't kidding even a little bit." No, they aren't joking.
Inside: What a boring MLK Day. So I went to the movies.
Cloverfield: The A.V. Club likes it, Stephanie Zacharek hates it (but also seems to thoroughly misunderstand it), and Manohla Dargis critiques it mainly on cinematic grounds and also provides a few apt zingers: "Smart as Tater Tots and just as differentiated, Rob and his ragtag crew behave like people who have never watched a monster movie or the genre-savvy 'Scream' flicks or even an episode of 'Lost' (Hello, Mr. Abrams!)"
Inside: Keeping it brief ... well, that was the plan.
I haven't yet made a "2007" mistake, perhaps because I haven't written any checks yet this month. For Nibelungen fans there is a new review of a new book, The Wagner Clan (book by Jonathan Carr, review by Laura Miller). Also: the Big Brain Theory ("Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs?"), Big Dinosaurs Had "Teen Sex", and Boll bombs ("[Boll] will return to low-budget filmmaking now that his latest and biggest production, the $70 million fantasy epic 'In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,' bombed at the North American box office.")
Inside: Reading, eating, watching, working ... this diary has more verbiage than the one before but less than than the one two before, and less content than either.
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