My being out of the country for 10 days meant no Matt Smith, since I couldn't get the codes to traveling Matt to posting here on his own before I left. And, funny thing: As we're walking down the corridor from our return flight from France, there's Matt and his babe Mandy heading down the corridor to some big show, I'm sure, and I guess it's in Arizona, from his submission here. Anyway, here's the latest in the mind of rock and movie fanatic Matt Smith:
I’m not Roger Ebert, but I know what I like. I enjoyed “ The Prestige”. The movie, based on the best selling book by Christopher Priest, is a science-fiction thriller. Priest knows his sci- fi as this movie and
his award winning ways prove. Christopher Nolan directs, and produces another hit, just like his other home runs “ Memento” and “Batman”. The cast is magical with Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett
Johansson, Piper Perabo, and David Bowie. Jackman and Bale play two magicians that enter into a life long battle to prove which is “the greatest” in turn of the century London. Oscar winner Caine is the
wise, worldly gent aquatinted with both men. Scarlett and Piper are women that become pawns in the venom filled competition between the illusionists.
David Bowie is a complete and credible surprise as the scientist Nikola Tesla. Of course, I am partial to this character; one of my favorite bands is named after the inventor. You should take the time to see this film, it won’t disappoint. Its rated PG-13 has a running time of 128
minutes, and is well worth your time.
I want to continue with the theme of not being a film or television critic.I just understand what I enjoy watching. I am a SOPRANOS junkie. I am really addicted. I guess I’m just a hardcore fan of the gangster genre
in general. Lately, I am having "Sopranos" withdrawals. It has been difficult.
That weekly Sunday night dose of a good killing just got me ready for Monday. Somebody disrespects you? You can just have them clipped! It really doesn’t get any better than that, does it? For a while, The
SHIELD kept me going. Admittedly, I had to wait until Tuesday for some chump to get whacked, but what are a couple days, right? Now, it has been a
long time since Tony or Vic has had anyone killed. I have been forced to find a new supply.
The answer? SHOWTIME. For a long time, I judged the Showtime network as a poor substitute for HBO. Then along came the new series “BROTHERHOOD”,
now available on dvd. This is a must see for all “Sopranos” and “The Shield” fans. “Brotherhood” stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, and Kevin Chapman. Based loosely on the real life
exploits of two New England brothers that chose very different paths. One became a gangster and the other a university president. For the purpose of
Showtime, the “good son” became a local politician. This series contains all of the family intrigue, killing, drug dealing, and grafting city
hall members that you would expect. The dvd contains all eleven episodes from season one. There is 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, and bonus features. The bonus items include commentary by the director and cast, and
biographies of the series regulars. You enjoyed The Departed? Well, that’s another reason to take a look at this series. More @ www.sho.com
Def Leppard at Alltel on Oct. 30 was a tremendous concert. We have seen them three times on this tour alone. They have put on a tremendous show at every venue.
The set and songs have been the same every time. The live show from Leppard is well planned and executed night after night. I’m not a music critic, just a fan, and I’m a big fan of this type of music. I know
what I like. I was disappointed in one thing during the show, the size of the crowd. Less than 7,000 people turned out. Was it becaise ot was a Monday night? Perhaps there was some other problem. I don’t know.
I am excited by all of the new music venues in the Little Rock area. Having more choices is wonderful. But, people have to get out and support these things. If you don’t buy
tickets, bands won’t continue to play here. All of our amazing music venues can’t survive without local support. Buy tickets! Little Rock
should be able to support more than just the Razorbacks and country music.
I will be writing from Arizona in the next week or two.
“Are You Watching Closely” -- Matt Smith