Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Runaway Orkut

The computers here on campus seem to be having trouble accessing Orkut.

So far, one person has joined my Howard Shore community. That means that there are now twice as many people in the community now, so I'd say that it was a big success. However, I am participating in an interesting discussion regarding Alien designs over the course of the film series... looks like I'm not the only Xenomorph enthusiast out there!!!

...coulda been shoulda been woulda been dead if I didn't get the message goin' through my head; I am what I am, most motherfuckers don't give a damn...

I've noticed that when entering text into the Orkut windows that I type faster than the computer can keep up.

Runaway Jury

I had given up on John Grisham movies at about the same time that I gave up on his novels. I had read Runaway Jury before the formulaic nature of his writings made me lose interest, and enjoyed it. I decided to bite the bullet a couple of weeks ago and rent the movie adaptation, which had a great cast to recommend it.

I finally got around to watching this georgeously-transferred DVD, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Instead of concentrating on Grisham's morally black-and-white world, director Gary Fleder concentrates instead on the machinations that each party uses in order to control the jury, itself played by a great group of character actors.

Editor William Steinkamp creates a wonderfully kinetic montage style that keeps the story engaging even over more difficult areas of exposition.

Perhaps the most notable element of the film is that two of its stars, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, have never worked together despite having been close friends for decades.

The scene between the two of them is brilliant, and the DVD goes into some detail regarding its creation. There are also a series of interviews with Hoffman and Hackman about the scenes they have, including one with both of them that is a giggle-a-minute. They are clearly quite good friends, and have a great rapport. Behind-the-scenes footage of their scene together is also included, and is quite amusing.

Fleder provides a very informative commentary track. he goes into quite a lot of technical detail, so it may not be as interesting to others as it was to me, but I liked it.

The film is by no means a classic, but it is entertaining, and John Cusack is his wonderful self. Fleder mentions how they were able to indirectly reference the characters Cusack played in many films of the 80s, when his screen persona was first established, in order to direct the audience in certain ways.
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