A Good Day for Movies

A lot of Hollywood movies open on Christmas Day. The interesting thing about this year’s lineup here in Charlottetown is that I would happily go and see any of the seven movies scheduled:

  • Cheaper By The Dozen
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Paycheck
  • Peter Pan
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Okay, maybe I wouldn’t happily go and see The Lord of the Rings but that’s only because I consider the entire franchise weird and unnatural.


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jodi on December 18, 2003 - 00:29 Permalink

Thank you for the Lord of the Rings comment, for a while there Johnny and I were starting to think there was something wrong with us. We just don’t get it. There is no humour, everyone is soooo serious (blah!) and it’s always so dark. I honestly just can’t grasp what people are on about. Ok, I haven’t read the book and maybe that would shed a little light, but no movie should just assume that you have read the book.

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John Morris on December 18, 2003 - 01:56 Permalink

Ill be their for my childhood show, Peter pan!

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Mandy on December 18, 2003 - 02:15 Permalink

I would like to see Mona Lisa Smile. Maggie Gyllenhaal is so great. Secretary is my new favourite movie because of her. The movie was outstandingon it’s own, but I really loved her in it. She was so believable as her character, which she brought to life so well.

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Matt on December 18, 2003 - 02:37 Permalink

Let me get this straight. You wouldn’t mind seeing a movie in which Ben Affleck plays a scientific genius. Yet you find LOTR weird and unnatural?

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Peter Rukavina on December 18, 2003 - 03:00 Permalink

Ben Affleck is the new Harrison Ford.

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Rob Paterson on December 18, 2003 - 03:42 Permalink

The Last Samurai Peter is superb

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Mandy on December 18, 2003 - 04:33 Permalink

Ben Affleck is the new Harrison Ford.”

oh god Peter, you just did not type that….

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Matt on December 18, 2003 - 11:22 Permalink

Now you’re just picking a fight, Rukavina.

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Will on December 18, 2003 - 16:43 Permalink

I second Rob’s comment on The Last Samurai, superb is the perfect word to describe it.

Ben Affleck is the new Harrison Ford.”

More like Kevin Costner — how do those guys keep getting work?

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Oliver B. on December 18, 2003 - 20:15 Permalink

The Last Samurai was gripping and beautiful, but it also had a not insignificant Hollywood schmaltz factor, which made me distrustful of its historicity, and anyway given its supposed historicity, I am not so happy to go along with having my enthusiasm whipped up for bloodshed celebrated or encouraged to believe that warriors survive due to physical and spiritual superiority rather than from the randomness and dumb luck of war.

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Oliver B. on December 18, 2003 - 20:16 Permalink

Not mention, “7 Samurai” kicks its butt.

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RSimpson on December 19, 2003 - 17:19 Permalink

The Last samurai is beautiful but it is also Hollywood cheese of the first rank. To offer the notion that an drunk american can master 3000 years of Japanese culture over a winter should be seen as an insult to all thats meaningful about Japanese culture.
It sure is pretty to look at but it ends there. True there is some interesting technique but it don’t say nothin about the human condition.
And…before the myth starts that it has any historicity let’s be clear; aside from a passing mention of the Meiji Restoration and some of its policies it has no historicity at all.