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Game Theory and The Dark Knight

I suspect that many of you got a chance to see The Dark Knight movie this weekend. Just as an aside, I will say that I thought that the movie was sweet. Definitely the best Batman movie, maybe one of the best superhero movies ever made. Heath Ledger is terrifyingly good throughout. Aaron Eckhart and…

A Review of Sizzle

Happy Sizzle Day! Today numerous bloggers from ScienceBlogs and elsewhere will be reviewing a new movie Sizzle directed by Randy Olson of Flock of Dodos fame. Sizzle is a documentary/mockumentary/comedy partly about the science of global warming, but more in my opinion about the nature of the global warming debate. I was fortunate enough to…

So I saw Indiana Jones last night, and in spite of what I am about to say I really did enjoy it. My random musings are under the fold, but I will warn you that I spill a good bit of the plot. If you are not interested in knowing the plot in advance, you…

Check out this video of synchronizing metronomes…

A Review of Smart People

Yesterday I took a day off (first in a while for me), and I had a chance to see the movie Smart People starring Randy Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ellen Page. The movie is about a rather odd literature professor, Lawrence Wetherhold, (Quaid) who is exhausted by the difficulties of academic life. His…

I guess I suspected that Golden Compass might not be good, but I went to see it last night if for no other reason than to see why thousands of people would attempt to boycott it on Facebook. The Catholic League is also organizing a boycott. I haven’t read the books that this movie was…

Simpsons Movie

I saw the Simpsons Movie, twice in fact, which should indicate to you how good I found it to be. Two favorite lines. This one from the trailer: The other one was where Tom Hanks is trying to sell the US on a new Grand Canyon in a commercial. He says: “If you are going…

Would you like a Simpsons avatar?

Go to the Simpsons movie site and make your own. Here’s mine. Hat-tip: Omni Brain.

Grand Rounds, vol. 3 no. 22

Hi everyone, and welcome to Grand Rounds, vol. 3 no. 22. The Oscars are this Sunday, and — since I know we all look forward to this yearly 4-hour marathon of farcical self-absorption — this edition of Grand Rounds will be themed according to movies nominated for awards this year.

Ghost Rider: A Short Review

I saw Ghost Rider last night, and I have a brief review: In this movie, there are many farcical things: demons, irrational property damage from physics-flouting motorcycles, Nicholas Cage’s acting, etc. However, the most flagrant absurdity — the most laughably impossible event — is when Nicholas Cage’s character turns down a sexually willing Eva Mendes…