The Kitty-catty film festival
Into Bad Healthcare: Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" is fantastic and visually beautiful. Emile Hirsch plays a role that Leonardo DiCaprio should have killed to get (although it's much better that a non-superstar plays Christopher McCandless' almost Forrest Gump-like trek across the country to live in the Alaskan wilderness).
I loved Catherine Keener's million-dollar smile and the way William Hurt is able to communicate great sadness as McCandless' father at the end of the movie. The girl from Panic Room, Kristen Stewart, has come into her own, looking like a young Liz Phair here.
Seeing the movie evoked memories I hadn't thought of in a while - bees stripping meat off of trout being cooked over a fire on the shore of a lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Or solo trail-running/exploring the Ouachita Trail in Arkansas.
Clone Trooper with a conscience: I saw Bourne Ultimatum and I almost missed it in the theaters. I felt physically dizzy from watching the movie, the way I feel when I'm on a roller coaster. I loved the action scenes, the fights and car chases, but didn't feel they were any different from the previous Bourne movies. Loved seeing Scott Glenn but thought he was wayyy underutilized as CIA director. Agreed with the Chicago Tribune's review of the "poker-faced" Julia Stiles and thought she was very cat-like as well. Every time I see Matt Damon, I think of how he was lampooned in Team America.
They're not movies but I liked the second episode of "Bionic Woman" and thought that it was fine without much Katee Sackhoff. I also have become addicted to "Mad Men" on AMC -- I originally thought all of the retro stuff was just lame props for shock value but I love seeing Christina Hendricks, who played the incomparable Saffron on "Firefly," as the voluptuous queen of the office girls and January Jones plays Betty Draper perfectly, almost as a modern woman stuck in the confines of the Barbie doll 1950s. No wonder everyone thinks she's crazy.