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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
16 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Times New Roman][size=4]So basically every day at work is worse than the last. Thats what its come to and a decision has to be made.....a very difficult one. But more on that some other time.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Let me just say that Mean Girls is one of the wittiest movies of recent years. While it does not have that deeply penetrating emotional power of Saved! it still is a very good movie. Lindsay Lohan did not impress me as much with her comedic skills as she did in Freaky Friday. But she has turned into quite the hottie. She is surrounded by a very attractive cast and a brilliant screenplay by Tina Fey. Tim Meadows was a riot as a subdued principal who has to go all Morgan-Freeman-in-Lean-on-Me at one point with hilarious results. The humor is very intelligent and I am surprised and (dare I say) shocked that this movie did so well. It gives me hope for the moviegoing populace. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Confessions of a Dangerous Mind continues the mini-trend of biopics of almost famous people and focusing on their sexual exploits. After Greg Kinnear brought life to Bob Crane of Hogans Heroes in the dismal 2002 film Auto Focus, this is slightly better thanks to the visual style of director George Clooney. Seriously, with the exception of Batman and Robin this guy can do no wrong. The screenplay is by the semi-brilliant Charlie Kaufman yet the thing still doesnt quite float. Every now and then I got interested but then it lost me. There was just too much story. It ended up glossing over stuff and racing along without really letting us get involved in the story. A failure, but an interesting enough failure to warrant a 5. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]The big story is my purchase of the Superman collection on DVD. All 4 Christopher Reeve movies. I have not been the hugest fan of Superman. I found it boring as a child but was blown away by Superman II. Better action, more interesting. Those who are saying Spider-Man 2 (a verry similar movie) is better than Superman II are way off base. Terrence Stamp as a Kryptonian villain named Zod? Clark Kent losing a bar fight? Lois Lane going over Niagara Falls?? Jack O'Halloran before he was immortalized as Emil Muzz??? [/size][/font]
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Mean Girls
Mean Girls (2004)
16 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Times New Roman][size=4]So basically every day at work is worse than the last. Thats what its come to and a decision has to be made.....a very difficult one. But more on that some other time.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Let me just say that Mean Girls is one of the wittiest movies of recent years. While it does not have that deeply penetrating emotional power of Saved! it still is a very good movie. Lindsay Lohan did not impress me as much with her comedic skills as she did in Freaky Friday. But she has turned into quite the hottie. She is surrounded by a very attractive cast and a brilliant screenplay by Tina Fey. Tim Meadows was a riot as a subdued principal who has to go all Morgan-Freeman-in-Lean-on-Me at one point with hilarious results. The humor is very intelligent and I am surprised and (dare I say) shocked that this movie did so well. It gives me hope for the moviegoing populace. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Confessions of a Dangerous Mind continues the mini-trend of biopics of almost famous people and focusing on their sexual exploits. After Greg Kinnear brought life to Bob Crane of Hogans Heroes in the dismal 2002 film Auto Focus, this is slightly better thanks to the visual style of director George Clooney. Seriously, with the exception of Batman and Robin this guy can do no wrong. The screenplay is by the semi-brilliant Charlie Kaufman yet the thing still doesnt quite float. Every now and then I got interested but then it lost me. There was just too much story. It ended up glossing over stuff and racing along without really letting us get involved in the story. A failure, but an interesting enough failure to warrant a 5. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]The big story is my purchase of the Superman collection on DVD. All 4 Christopher Reeve movies. I have not been the hugest fan of Superman. I found it boring as a child but was blown away by Superman II. Better action, more interesting. Those who are saying Spider-Man 2 (a verry similar movie) is better than Superman II are way off base. Terrence Stamp as a Kryptonian villain named Zod? Clark Kent losing a bar fight? Lois Lane going over Niagara Falls?? Jack O'Halloran before he was immortalized as Emil Muzz??? [/size][/font]
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The Grifters
The Grifters (1990)
16 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Then 2 days of hanging out with my bro and Gobles[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]I'm getting a haircut tomorrow after lunch with Kyle, its bout time. Its becoming unmanagable and making me look way more Alaskan than I want to look.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]No one has guessed the movie quotes in my profile yet. The two people that might be able to answer those have not been on AIM lately. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Audrey accidentally hit me in the head really hard with the sharp corner of my cash drawer at work tonight. It must have scabbed over because I scratched my head just now and it came off and now there's blood in my hair.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]I saw The Grifters the other day. Its from 1990, from the man who directed High Fidelity and the man who starred in High Fidelity. But it wasnt that good. It was rather pointless in a not-so-good way as opposed to being pointless in a Big-Lebowski-way. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Sometimes I cant get over how brilliant The Big Lebowski is, even with the Coen Brothers being the ones who gave us The Ladykillers, The Man Who Wasnt There and O Brother Where Art Thou....all mediocre offerings. But then again they also blessed us with Miller's Crossing, Intolerable Cruelty and Fargo.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]I had lunch with Alvin and Elissa Bregman and actually enjoyed it.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Elissa: "Shelly wanted to be a psychiatrist and I told her shes too mean. You have to be nice, and who understands that more than me? I'm a therapist, you know....an art and music therapist."[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Elissa: "When Shelly or Susan comes home to visit, we put them up in the Carriage House because there is no room for them in the house. Including my guinea pigs, I have 25 animals."[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Elissa: "The soup of the day is split pea! I'm going to get that."[/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]ME: "My mom used to make that stuff, it was so nasty. It was thick and scary. You could stick a fork in it and it would stand up."
Elissa: "Ohhhh thats the way to make split pea. I would have loved that if I had come over for dinner."[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]ME: "Yeah, Grandma doesnt have much to do. She just rambles around the house all day by herself."[/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Elissa: "Oh! I could give her one of my cats!"[/size][/font]
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Higher Learning
16 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]So the local chain of Fred Meyer stores (alaska's answer to wal-mart) were having their annual summer DVD sale. The one time of year that Freddy's is the better place for movies than Best Buy. Once again I used the sale to pick up some flicks I wouldnt normally pay regular price for. Like Seven I got for $7.50, Bowling for Columbine for $7.50. But I also used the prices to go out on a limb and try a couple of interesting-looking titles. I got Romeo is Bleeding with Gary Oldman (1994) for $7 and it tuened out to be pretty worthwhile because Gary Oldman is brilliant. I also picked up City Slickers. I had never seen the first one, I saw the second one back in the day and disliked it even at age 13 so I didnt bother seeing the first one. But I thought for $7, how can I go wrong? I was more than pleasantly surprised to find it was not only good, but great. A hilarious comedy but one with a great plot with a great ending that ties the whole feel-good package together. Billy Crystal at his least annoying, Jack Palance at his most menacing....I had a wonderful time and that wasnt the narcotics talking! It almost makes me want to revisit the second one and see if maybe I would like it better understanding the first one. But its not high on my list of must-sees.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Recently I also picked up Higher Learning. Released in January 1995, its directed by John Singleton back when his movies had something to say (Rosewood, Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice) other than "I'm making madd money y'all" (2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft). Its about racal tensions exploding at a university named for one of the most racist men in history, Christopher Columbus. It is both a serious commentary and a knowing satire of our times. I especially liked the moment that we find out that a prominent black activist character's last name is "White." With a cast like Jennifer Connelly, Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Busta Rhymes, Cole Hauser, Adam Goldberg, Tyra Banks and more....it wont be business as usual. Its a very intense movie whose motives are not always clear, but the message is one of tolerance and a head-shaking one about how far we have come, and how far we have yet to advance. If I were a political science professor, I would show this movie in class and assign at least 2 papers based on it. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]So I saw Fahrenheit. Bottom line: very interesting and informative. I am not a huge Michael Moore fan and this was not as good as Bowling for Columbine, but it was good and I got a lot out of it. Its been discussed enough so I wont go into it.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Saw Kill Bill 1 and 2 back to back at the Bear Tooth. So much pizza, not so much beer for me because Kurtis drank most of our pitcher. But I would say that with all that I spent on the evening, I got a lot out of it. The big long fight scene near the end of 1 played better than it ever has in theaters or on DVD.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Not so much on the personal life front. Still waiting for news on that job prospect, and also found out that I do NOT have to interview with the lady that doesnt like me. But then again, without an interview, she cant see through her prejudices and understand I am not as evil as she makes me out to be to herself and others.....[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Time for bed.....guess what!!! I just looked out the window and its DARK at 1AM!!!! The days are getting longer and the damn light is going away sooner. Actually feels like time to go to bed. Gotta love the AK.[/size][/font]

Fahrenheit 9/11
16 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Everything was going so well....my ankle was healing, I was flirting with having a social life again. But then the weekend hit and my ankle started feeling terrible and taking my knee with it. I had to miss work today so I could go back on the Percocet and ease my pain. I may have to miss it tomorrow. I cant really afford to be doing this. Its nice to have a break, but rent doesnt get paid that way. Student loans dont go away either....[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]So the local chain of Fred Meyer stores (alaska's answer to wal-mart) were having their annual summer DVD sale. The one time of year that Freddy's is the better place for movies than Best Buy. Once again I used the sale to pick up some flicks I wouldnt normally pay regular price for. Like Seven I got for $7.50, Bowling for Columbine for $7.50. But I also used the prices to go out on a limb and try a couple of interesting-looking titles. I got Romeo is Bleeding with Gary Oldman (1994) for $7 and it tuened out to be pretty worthwhile because Gary Oldman is brilliant. I also picked up City Slickers. I had never seen the first one, I saw the second one back in the day and disliked it even at age 13 so I didnt bother seeing the first one. But I thought for $7, how can I go wrong? I was more than pleasantly surprised to find it was not only good, but great. A hilarious comedy but one with a great plot with a great ending that ties the whole feel-good package together. Billy Crystal at his least annoying, Jack Palance at his most menacing....I had a wonderful time and that wasnt the narcotics talking! It almost makes me want to revisit the second one and see if maybe I would like it better understanding the first one. But its not high on my list of must-sees.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Recently I also picked up Higher Learning. Released in January 1995, its directed by John Singleton back when his movies had something to say (Rosewood, Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice) other than "I'm making madd money y'all" (2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft). Its about racal tensions exploding at a university named for one of the most racist men in history, Christopher Columbus. It is both a serious commentary and a knowing satire of our times. I especially liked the moment that we find out that a prominent black activist character's last name is "White." With a cast like Jennifer Connelly, Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Busta Rhymes, Cole Hauser, Adam Goldberg, Tyra Banks and more....it wont be business as usual. Its a very intense movie whose motives are not always clear, but the message is one of tolerance and a head-shaking one about how far we have come, and how far we have yet to advance. If I were a political science professor, I would show this movie in class and assign at least 2 papers based on it. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]So I saw Fahrenheit. Bottom line: very interesting and informative. I am not a huge Michael Moore fan and this was not as good as Bowling for Columbine, but it was good and I got a lot out of it. Its been discussed enough so I wont go into it.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Saw Kill Bill 1 and 2 back to back at the Bear Tooth. So much pizza, not so much beer for me because Kurtis drank most of our pitcher. But I would say that with all that I spent on the evening, I got a lot out of it. The big long fight scene near the end of 1 played better than it ever has in theaters or on DVD.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Not so much on the personal life front. Still waiting for news on that job prospect, and also found out that I do NOT have to interview with the lady that doesnt like me. But then again, without an interview, she cant see through her prejudices and understand I am not as evil as she makes me out to be to herself and others.....[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Time for bed.....guess what!!! I just looked out the window and its DARK at 1AM!!!! The days are getting longer and the damn light is going away sooner. Actually feels like time to go to bed. Gotta love the AK.[/size][/font]