December 9th, 2007

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Before I forget, itz your birthday, itzwicks! Have a happy one!

Mary and I saw "The Golden Compass" on Friday. Not a bad movie, though I've seen better ones. This one Seems to have been made so that they can make a sequel, perhaps several. (One can draw immediate parallels to "Star Wars", with Nicole Kidman's Mrs. Coulter as Darth Vader, Sam Elliott's Lee Scoresby as Han Solo etc.) As to those who refuse to see it because of its alleged anti-Catholic bias (or those who will see it simply because of its alleged anti-Catholic bias), I really didn't get that, and I've been a Catholic as long as I can remember, educated in Catholic schools most of my life, and still a practicing one. If calling the bad guys "the magisterium" was supposed to be a dig at the Church, I didn't see it that way. One could just as easily substitute "the Democrats" for "the Magisterium". I know it worked for me (Mrs. Coulter's obsession with "the chilllldren" was a dead giveaway), and Chris Muir seems to have picked it up as well. Seriously, the best part for me was the story of Ragnar Sturlusson, the exiled king of the ice bears. That alone could have been a movie. Anyway, go see it if you have nothing better to do, or, as Mary and I did, go see it because you're tired of doing something better.
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First, this observation by Peg Eye Nate:

Every group in the world is like a rotary saw: the only truly dangerous part is the edge.

Mary and I went to see "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium", since both of us were feeling a little down (just happens sometimes, even with bupropion) and figuring we needed a good laugh riot. After that movie, we needed the laugh riot even more. It wasn't bad, mind you; it was simply morose. By comparison, "The Golden Compass" was a laugh riot. This one would have been more of a laugh riot if Jason Bateman came in with an assault weapon and shot the place up. (And whatever happened to Justine Bateman?)

I realize that wasn't a very nice thing to say, but I was a little disappointed. I mean, we could have seen "Hitman"...