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Assessing the Damage

While walking the wiener dog around the block after Hurricane Irene, you could instantly see the havoc shrewn about in the form of whole sticks and leaves. Even some weak branches fell victim.

So far estimates are between $7 and $13 billion of damage in the wake of the hurricane. Washington, D.C., consider ourselves lucky. Now get out the brooms.

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It’s the crossroad where we start forgetting about the movies we didn’t have time for this summer and start looking towards the movies we won’t have time to see this fall. After reading Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie Preview and watching a truckload of trailers, here are the movies I will do everything in my power to see in the next 4 months. Maybe.

Moneyball – Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and the inner-workings of baseball.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – I’m interested to see how Hollywood adapts this book after the already brilliant Swedish version set the bar.

War Horse – Steven Spielberg directs this film about World War I. And horses…

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Like the first Sherlock Holmes movie, the trailer looks great. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law look outstanding. I just hope it’s not quite of a letdown as the first one was.

Hugo – a strange choice of a movie, a fantasy fable set in 1930’s Paris, for Martin Scorcese to direct, but I’m curious.
 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Great cast (Gary Oldman, Colin Firth), interesting premise (Cold War, spies) based on a John Le Carré spy series. Sold.
 
In Time – A future where people are engineered to die when they turn 26, unless they can steal or buy more time to keep living.
 
J. Edgar – Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edger Hoover, directed by Clint Eastwood.
 
Carnage – A seemingly boring premise (parents talking about their kid’s fighting) turned into a witty war of words. Also based on a play.
 
The Adventures of Tintin – I’ve never read any of the Tintin books, but now that it’s been adapted (and animated) for the big screen by Steven Spielberg (again!), I’m willing to give it a try.
 
 
Others to consider:
The Thing, Tower Heist, Immortals, Real Steel

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‘I don’t know
But I’ve been told
If you keep on dancing
You’ll never grow old

Come on darling
Put a pretty dress on
We’re gonna go out tonight…’

  1. ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’, The Steve Miller Band
  2. ‘Stay Young, Go Dancing’, Death Cab For Cutie
  3. ‘Come Dance With Me’, Frank Sinatra
  4. ‘Let’s Dance’, David Bowie
  5. ‘All She Wants To Do is Dance’, Don Henley
  6. ‘Dancing Queen’, ABBA
  7. ‘Just Dance’, Lady Gaga
  8. ‘Dancin’ Fool’, The Guess Who
  9. ‘Dance Yourself Clean’, LCD Soundsystem
  10. ‘Dance With the Devil’, The Sounds
  11. ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin”, The Scissor Sisters
  12. ‘Dancing With Myself’, Billy Idol
  13. ‘Dancing On My Own’, Robyn
  14. ‘Dancing In the Dark’, Bruce Springsteen
  15. ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’, King Harvest
  16. ‘Dance the Night Away’, Van Halen
  17. ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’, Irene Cara
  18. ‘Last Dance’, Donna Summer

‘Together we conquer our planet with DANCE.’

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