Two upcoming films on Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal writer who was slain in Pakistan in 2002? At the very least, one of them stars the capable Josh Lucas (lovingly rendered in oil paint at right by this person; please don't sue me) and will be directed by Jean Grey's former beau Tod "Kip" Williams, who helmed the underappreciated The Door in the Floor. But still -- two? Is it in poor taste to cry "overkill"?
In other news, I'm looking for topics about which to blog. If you'd be so kind, leave any suggestions (snarky or otherwise) in the comments. Fermenting ideas include: A final pre-release rumination on X-Men: The Last Stand (and how I'll cease to exist if it's a crapfest, and how the franchise was grievously mismanaged). The three trans-generational outings of Bobby & Mary Louise (in anticipation of next year's First Man). More Sidney Lumet worshipping and delayed thoughts on the Controversial Classics Vol. 2 box set. A list of overlooked actors (Fry, Strathairn, Thigpen, Woodard) who've narrated must-listen audio books. An essay on the splendor and vagaries of Jeff Bridges, who time and again reminds me that he will be regarded posthumously as the greatest film actor of his generation (like his predecessor was).
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