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Sneak Preview of “Golden Compass”

Okay, is it really a sneak preview if about 6 theatres in town are showing it? Saturday night Mom, Dad, Leah and I went to the sneak preview of The Golden Compass at the Alamo Village. Luckily we arrived an hour before the show started. . . there was already a sizeable line. I didn’t realize that it had sold out.

The special effects in the film are pretty amazing, and the acting is great (especially by Nicole Kidman). It seemed to me that the action was out-of-order from what I remember in the book. And Leah complained because the end of the movie is about 3/4 of the way into the book.

What boggled my mind was that one of the trailers for the film I saw showed two main characters kissing in the North. This action takes place at the end of the book, but didn’t appear in the movie at all. Also, the trailer showed Lyra falling out of the airship. This didn’t appear in the end film either. Wha’ happened? Did the test audiences not approve?

Even with the faux hopeful ending, I liked the overall film, and wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

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Can’t wait to see this

I’m not sure when Persepolis is coming to Austin . . . it may not be until January! It looks awesome. The art in the graphic novels was so gorgeous, and the art in this trailer is even more magnificent.

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Documentary night!

C and I have planned to see For the Bible Tells Me So tonight; it’s showing for a limited time at the Dobie. My pastor sent out a church-wide email last Friday encouraging us all to see it, otherwise I don’t know that I would have heard about the film while it was still in theatres.

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Interview re: Bourne Ultimatum

I lurved The Bourne Ultimatum when I saw it in August. I went to see it opening weekend, even. One of the most memorable sequences in the film is the fight between Bourne and the Tangiers operative played by Joey Ansah. In this interview, Joey talks about it and other aspects of the making of the film [via PopWatch].

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It’s that time of year: TCM’s Summer Under the Stars

Our DVR is starting to almost 70% full; partly because we have “So You Think You Can Dance” episodes saved, and partly because August is my favorite month on TCM. I love classic film, and this month they are showing movies I’ve never seen with my favorite actors in them. For Maureen O’Hara’s day last week, I got to see The Spanish Main (which I hadn’t seen since junior high) and Our Man in Havana. I also tried the more B-quality Fire in Africa, but it was pretty awful. I erased it after slogging through an uncomfortable 20 minutes. I tried, because I hadn’t ever seen O’Hara in a classic contemporary movie. But then I watched Our Man in Havana, a dark satire filmed in Cuba during the very early days of Castro. I really liked that one.

Last night I watched Bad Day at Black Rock, which they had played for Ernest Borgnine’s day. It was good, but not great. It seemed a bit simplistic in spots.

I also tried The Sea Hawk (shown for Errol Flynn’s day Sunday), but I couldn’t stay with it. Yesterday was Rosalind Russell’s day, so I have My Sister Eileen and Four’s a Crowd to watch. I’ve seen the 50’s version of My Sister Eileen and only heard about the original film version, so I’m looking forward to seeing that one.

Favorites of ours coming up this week:

Our DVR will be full to bursting.

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SiCKO

Yesterday, to celebrate our nation’s birthday, I went to see Michael Moore’s latest film, SiCKO. It seems that a lot of people had the same idea, because even though it was the first screening of the day at the Arbor, it was an almost full house.

I’m recommending the film to everyone. It isn’t as political as his past films, since health care is more of a social justice issue. The main thing I took away from the film is the ridiculousness of the fact that we are the only country in the Western world that doesn’t provide decent and affordable (or FREE) health care for all our citizens. The film as a whole bounds from moments of honest anger, terrible sadness*, and still includes touches of humor. I thought the storyline of the 911 workers going to Cuba would be more heavy-handed, but it didn’t come across that way to me. If this small, poor nation can care for our citizens, why can’t we?

The film made me wish I had more seriously considered my resolution to move to Canada if Bush won the first election. I mean, I love America, but free health care for all? That is a huge selling-point.

*I got choked up at least 3 times during the film.

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Whiny whiny

I’ve been having a really awful allergy attack since Thursday. I took yesterday off from work because I couldn’t talk without coughing. I spent the day doing laundry and watching DVDs, cursing my scratchy throat. I’m at the stage today where I am feeling a little better, still sounding awful, and best not talking to anyone. It is a little harder to be in the office and not talk much, but I’m trying.

What I hate is that I can’t sing along with my music. I don’t realize how often I do this until I can’t anymore. In my car this morning, I put on a Julieta Venegas CD so I would be a little less likely to try to sing along (since it is in Spanish and I’ve only had it for a month, I haven’t had time to memorize the lyrics yet). I’m sitting in my office and I can’t hum with the songs playing on my iTunes.

When I took voice lessons in college, my voice teacher told me I could never be an opera singer because of the severity of my allergy attacks. Given my timidity singing solo in front of people, that was never gonna be very likely, but still.

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