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Following the trend of the year, a so-so movie by previous standards
Munich made me scratch my head and wonder if I liked it or was indifferent about it. It sets you on a roller coaster, the good parts, true to Spielberg's roots, being the action parts that pump adrenaline into your system and shock you. The bad parts, especially the last half hour, are painfully slow and empty. My biggest problem with these parts is the lack of any sort of imagination. In the beginning and throughout its best parts, Spieberg uses neat camera tricks and well-timed scene cuts that capture the audience and make you jump in your seat. But as the movie progresses, it becomes less imaginative and more clichéd. By the end, the only thing to his credit is the Spielberg lets you feel how tense the character feels. And then the movie just ends at an unclimactic scene and then the (sadly) now typical written words scroll the story of future events to bring some sort of closure to the story. This is inexcusable after a 3 hour movie. It is amazing how the "well written" movies of our day defy the simplest rules of writing and cut the "end" out of "beginning, middle, end." The message was a cliché about the meaning of home and failed to carry any weight, especially in the end when they rush to try and force it on the audience seemingly to compensate for the action scenes. The acting, especially by Bana, was great. Geoffrey Rush didn't bring much to the table, which disappoints me, but at least he didn't take things off of it and it was fun to see him. In the end, just as War of the Worlds failed capture the imagination and magic of his previous sci-fi films, Munich lacks Schindler and Private Ryan's weight, brilliant consistency, message, and ability to stay with you beyond the walk to your car.
The 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004)
I Was There
I may have been in the balcony, but it was freaking the greatest experience ever. I was in the same room as my hero, Billy Joel. I got to see Tony Bennet perform. Two of my favorite all time musicals were duking it out (Avenue Q, and especially Wicked). I got to see scenes from each again, get goosebumps from "defying gravity" and find out what a freaking great host Hugh Jackman is. For those who don't know, being a host isn't all about announcing names, during commercials they have to keep the guests entertained. He did that by coming out and singing songs and telling jokes. He picked diddy out of the crowd during a commercial break after singing "oh what a beautiful morning" and asked him to sing along. He pointed to his wife saying, "now that's bling" but saying it was rented. Diddy, however, didn't know the song, so in front of everyone, Jackman taught him. Hilarious, I think so. And I don't know about TV, but Philicia Rashad commanded such respect and has such a peaceful way about her that she put the whole room in such a tangible silence and stillness. And my girl Idina won baby! On top of it all, my drama teacher knew the director or Wicked and Assassins, so I was invested in his success. She also met Sarah Jessica Parker at the opening night of Wicked, and Sarah got pulled on stage, which was interesting. They also showed hilarious shots of a Broadway documentary coming out, but I forget which one it is, I don't think it was the PBS one. It had scenes of Avenue Q being written at home around a piano, and actors pretending to yell at each other backstage to set the "mood" of what Broadway is like. And to be at Radio City, come on. It almost rained on my group while waiting in line to get in though. But standing in line just looking around knowing I was getting into the hottest ticket in the town, you can't ruin that mood.