Where Did The Week Go…


If they gave out irony awards, the winner would undoubtedly go to the production set of an upcoming film.

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, based on the biblical story, is filming in Oyster Bay, New York. The location was chosen specifically because hurricanes almost never hit the Northeast, and certainly not at this time of year… normally.

Aronofsky built his ark to the measurements outlined in the bible in terms of the height and width. Measuring 450 feet long and 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, the structure is outdoors and may have been severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

According to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, the storm has set a “new record” for fallen trees and as a result, no one from the Noah production has been able to get to the ark to see what remains.

Russell Crowe as Noah.

In Noah, which is set to hit theaters on March 29, 2014, Russell Crowe plays the hero, who is tasked by God to build an ark to save a male and female animal of every species before a torrential downpour washes away the rest of life on the planet.

It remains to be seen weather (see what I did there) Noah’s ark will be seaworthy once the crew has a chance to see it, but in the mean time, consider this event a sign that authenticity should only have to go so far.

Emma Watson, who co-stars in the film, summed up the event perfectly.

“I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky @russellcrow @MattyLibatique,” Watson tweeted Sunday night before the storm.

Netflix Instant Pick: Get the Gringo

Get the Gringo is a film that was released straight-to-disc earlier this year. Normally an action movie that avoided theaters has two things in common: It stars Wesley Snipes, Val Kilmer, Steven Seagal or Steve Austin and it’s probably terrible. Fortunately for Gringo, it surprisingly avoids both.

Starring Mel Gibson, Gringo begins with Driver (Gibson) being apprehended by the Mexican authorities following a botched robbery. But unlike every other American who’s ever lived, Driver prefers to be sent to a Mexican prison rather than an American one because it keeps him one step closer to a bigger stash of cash hidden south of the border.

Sent to a prison that apparently doesn’t believe in bathing, Driver must use his gifted grifter skills to survive fellow inmates, corrupt policemen and guards, and an outside force aware of his secret stolen loot. Being the only “white guy” there, Driver befriends a 10-year-old boy who helps him not only navigate through the prison, but also plan an escape.

An oldschool action movie.

Mel Gibson has had a rough few years to say the least. Once an A-list actor and director, Gibson has seen his star fall considerably following a number of incidents involving the police and ex-wives. Personally, I could care less about actor’s personal lives as long as they can continue to churn out entertaining movies (see Tom Cruise).

Get the Gringo shows that Gibson is still capable of being a movie-star. Perfectly balancing the hard-nose tough guy with a sly sense of humor, Gibson effortlessly carries this entertaining thriller down unexpected paths. Reminiscent of his performance in Payback, Gibson plays a character not entirely likable, but still worth rooting for.

At 56, Gibson is certainly showing his age (You can practically count the rings on his face), but with Get the Gringo, Gibson proves why he’s still worth seeing. Hopefully his next film returns him to the big screen where he belongs.

N.Y. Times Circulation up 40%

The Audit Bureau of Circulation released a report Tuesday showing that The New York Times’ circulation has jumped 40 percent. But don’t think that significant increase is because of print circulation. As expected, the Times has seen its digital side create most of the revenue.

Where the nation’s newspaper circulation was down 0.2 percent to the same period last year, the Times has seen its Monday-Friday circulation increase mainly because of digital subscription packages. The Times now has about 25 percent more digital subscribers during the week than print subscribers. On Sunday however, print subscriptions still exceed digital.

Newspapers aren’t dead yet.

The increase of digital usage and the decrease of print usage is no surprise, but to see overall circulation numbers up for The New York Times is a welcome sight. There always seems to be this notion that people (young in particular) only get their news from things like The Daily Show. To see that the most respected newspaper in America is seeing a rise in circulation in any form shows that people still value good, hard-nosed American journalism.

While late-night talk shows and 3-minute videos on the Internet offer a convenient way of consuming news, it’s still important that we stay informed by reading from the professionals and learning every facet to a story. At the very least it’ll make you feel smarter.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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