Walking into Poccadio, the new Moroccan Grill in Indianapolis, I immediately knew that I had encountered something wonderful. It’s that moment where my nose smells food that it doesn’t know, and all I want to do is taste every crazy smell until my stomach says “No more!”
That’s exactly what happened. Approaching the entrance timidly (as one does when they are in an unfamiliar place about to order unfamiliar food), I was greeted by a smiling face. I was asked if this was my first time, and when I said, “Yes” they immediately loaded a plate up with samples and allowed me to try everything until I was certain of what I wanted to order. “A great business model,” my stomach later confirmed.
Then, as I wrapped up eating my sandwich they gave me a “Poccadio” membership card that would give me a free meal after ten meals (or something similar). Now that I officially have inside connections there, all you need to tell them is that you know “Andrew” and they’ll give you some free samples and a membership card. I’m that awesome.
When the movie opens, the camera focuses on the back of a head. The voice coming from this unclad head was high, neither intimidating nor filled with the power that myth that has been bestowed upon this historic figure in my mind. That is the defining characteristic of this presentation of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s movie, “Lincoln.”
He is a man weighed upon by the burden of a broken, fighting nation while never fully present in the moment. When pressed to make a tough decision or give a direct answer, his mind always seems wandering towards a funny anecdote that is humorous yet relevant. My personal favorite was the story about American diplomats in England who saw a portrait of George Washington in an outhouse.
Even how he walks is unique. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the power of Daniel Day Lewis’s acting. At no point did I compare Lincoln to other characters that Lewis has played. I give this movie seven of seven top hats.
My one complaint: there was not nearly enough vampire slaying in this movie. If only someone had seen the opportunities there…
Must-see-movie of October 2012? Are you looking for a movie that will wake you up out of the hum-drum of your life, make you reflect on the power of memory, the human spirit, and love? Well then Looper is the movie that you should frequent.
This science-fiction film does everything in its power to break out of the stereotypes of science-fiction. Set in a dystopic future, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a drug-addicted assassin who kills…you probably didn’t guess it…men from the future. Thirty years into the future, time-travel has been invented, and crime bosses have decided to use this highly illegal technology to dispose of bodies.
Not interested yet? Bruce Willis (that’ll do it) plays Old Joe, who is sent back in time to be killed by Young Joe. Still follow me? He escapes, and Joe must kill Old Joe or else he’ll be ousted by his own boss. Old Joe can defend himself against Young Joe, but can’t kill him because doing so would be terminating himself. Using the power of a changing memory, Old Joe must protect himself and avoid being killed by himself all while trying to save the future from–
Well, I don’t want to give too much away. Hopefully this has gotten you interested enough to go out to your local theater and support a movie that is both literary and action-packed in all of its plot-twists. It’s one of the more intelligent and engaging movies I’ve seen in theaters for some time. So..what are you doing? Get out, go! Watch it!!!
[And here's an interview with the director. Enjoy!]
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