Jim Lane

Category: Movies

Jason Bourne

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I went to the new Jason Bourne movie after work yesterday, and what a fun ride. I’ve been a big fan of the series and of John Powell’s excellent soundtracks  since they began back in 2002.

[For some reason the third soundtrack, Bourne Ultimatum, isn’t available on Spotify at the moment… but you can check out a number of remixes of Moby’s Extreme Ways, used in end credits for all five movies.]

This film ignores the forgettable Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner and picks up years after the end of the third movie. Julia Stiles returns as Nicky Parsons, who has had a complicated relationship with Jason and pulls him back into action with more secrets from his past.

I wouldn’t say that this movie breaks new ground for the franchise, but if you enjoyed the first three movies you’ll have a blast (literally) watching this one. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

And, when you watch the big car chase at the end, isn’t that how you would have rather the road-full-of-traffic gag in Bruce Almighty played out? I know I did.

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Hollywood Trip

I had a great time visiting Hollywood this week to see my good friend Jessica Pennington Quinn’s show, “The Boy from Oz” and attend the VIP screening of the “Score” film music documentary.

I arrived at the Roosevelt Hotel late Friday night; the hallway to my room reminded me a bit of the The Shining

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but the view from my room of Hollywood Boulevard was amazing:

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Here’s a shot of the front of the hotel the next day:

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I love to swim, and the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel doesn’t disappoint:

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Later that weekend there was a VIP pool party for the premiere of Tarzan next door:

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I dropped by Meltdown Comics, where Nerdist shows are recorded:IMG_4802

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The TCL Chinese Theater was right across the street from my hotel; you can see hand prints there from Hollywood legends, old and new:

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as well as the world’s largest IMAX theater:

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I had to at least walk by The Magic Castle, a private club for magicians:

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The block of Hollywood Boulevard in front the Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars and next door to the Chinese Theater, was roped off so crews could set up for the Tarzan premiere.

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Here’s director Matt Schrader introducing the “Score” documentary VIP screening:

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Such a great little mini-holiday!

[P.S. I was also happy to get an autographed copy of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar soundtrack]

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Behind the Scenes: The Battle for Winterfell

This week’s Game of Thrones episode featured a huge battle between Jon Snow and Ramsey for Winterfell; check out this behind the scenes video that explains how they filmed this amazing sequence.