The focus on the episode was Christmas dinner. Pinky (Kevin Bacon) has been invited by Archie (Woody Harrelson) to join the Bunkers for Christmas Eve. A gold star father who lost his son in Vietnam, Pinky is still in mourning for his son. David (Jessie Eisenberg) is an old friend of Mike (Ike Barinholtz). He has nowhere else to go for the holiday and is extended an invitation by Mike.
Over the course of the episode, David reveals that he is a draft dodger. Archie, of course is enraged. The expectation is that verbal daggers will be thrown. Instead, the two men shake hands and peacefully sit down to dinner.
Our country is as divided as it was when this episode originally aired. The thing that struck me is that if these two men, with completely opposite viewpoints, can sit down and have Christmas dinner in peace, why can’t the rest of us?
Business and technology can do good things in this world. They can also ruin lives and relationships.
The 2010 movie, The Social Network, is the story of the creation of the social media giant that is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is set in the early 2000’s. Zuckerberg is a college student attending Harvard College. One night, while sitting in front of his computer in his dorm room, he creates what will later evolve into Facebook. As the film continues on, Zuckerberg’s creation begins to take on a life of its own. While he becomes one of the wealthiest and youngest business owners in the country, he is entangled in personal issues and legal problems.
This movie is dark, but I like it that way. Mark Zuckerberg, as portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, flits between being a genius and being an obnoxious a*hole that I wanted reach into the screen and smack across the back of the head.
With the summer movie season upon us, the movie studios have begun to present to us what they hope to be their best movies until the award season begins.
One of the movies released this weekend is “Now You See Me”.
The movie opens and introduces the audience to four street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harelson and Dave Franco) whose combined talents have been made into a large scale magic show in Las Vegas. They have chosen a random audience member and with a teleportation device, have transported him to Paris to transfer the money from his local bank to the audience.
But all is not as it seems when the FBI and Interpol (Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent) begin to believe that these magicians are actually con artists and thieves.
The premise of this movie is interesting, but the plot is a bit convuluted and the movie is a little long. It’s not completely horrible, but a little tweaking of the screenplay and a little more editing of the movie might have helped. The plot in the beggining of the movie is also a little slow, it didnt really pick up until a third of the way into the movie.
It’s a shame, I was looking forward to this movie, but I can only give 5 and 1/2 out of ten stars.