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Posted 10 May 11 by Tatyana in Movies

Following a friend’s recommendation, I sat down and watched "Inside Job”, a 2010 documentary by Charles Ferguson about the role of the financial sector in the recession. At least that’s the neutral way of putting it. It would be more accurate to say that "Inside Job” is about how the financial sector (plus some academic and government helpers) caused the recession. The interviewer was impressive in that he seemed to succeed in annoying many of the people who disagreed with his views. I expected the movie to be more neutral, but it definitely felt more like a Michael Moore documentary than like a Discovery Channel one. That said, the line-up of people that Charles Ferguson interviewed (I assume it was him) was impressive, from John Campbell and Dominique Strauss-Kahnto Glenn Hubbard, Elliot Spitzer, and Paul Volcker.

Posted 20 Dec 09 by Tatyana in Movies
 I watched "Avatar” yesterday. It was the first time I watched a movie in 3D (unless you count IMAX shark movies at the Aquarium). The 3D motion picture phenomenon is relatively recent. Most of the movies have been animated films, but I can definitely see how other genres, like action, can benefit from 3D as well. I wonder if this is going to make movie theaters more popular; it’s much harder to find a close substitute for watching a 3D movie in theaters and I’m much more willing to pay extra for this.
But musings on the future of the movie industry aside, Avatar was (unsurprisingly?) good. In the beginning, I didn’t think the plot was great. The parallels between the storyline and real world events were not subtle enough. Halfway through the movie I gave up on trying to get into the story and started focusing on the imagery. However, at the end the movie did make me feel somewhat emotional (mostly sad), so overall I give the plot a B+.
The animation was stunning, as were the number of people listed in the credits afterwards. The imagination that the makers put into creating this world was evident in every plant and animal of Pandora (the planet on which the action takes place). I’m not sure what my non-3D experience would have been like, but I can confidently say that this is a movie worth watching in theaters unless you have a huge HD panel at home.  

Posted 21 Nov 09 by Tatyana in Movies

Yes, I admit it. I watched "Twilight Saga: New Moon” last night, and I enjoyed it. It was everything I expected and more. And I expected teen drama, vampires, and hot guys. I did not expect werewolves, so that was a nice little bonus.

I’ve noticed that as I spend more and more time in grad school (or maybe age; I can’t really separate the effects of those two things), I want to do more mindless things when I’m not working. I still have a low tolerance for watching movies which don’t offer much besides pretty people and action, but I definitely need 2-3 a year. Twilight is a great choice for that. I’m not being sarcastic. If you’re finding that you’ve been taking your life too seriously lately, go see it and just enjoy.