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Box Office Poison

Suddenly there are a ton of movies I want to see. When did this happen? I hope 1) that there are some folks in MN interested in hitting the cinemas next week and 2) that Samantha will be interested in spending some of her financial aid before classes start. :)

  • Kinsey - Liam Neeson plays the infamous sex researcher. Set at Indiana University!
  • Sideways - A movie about a road trip and wine, apparently, but everyone's recommended it to me. It's been on a lot of Year's Best Films lists.
  • Closer - Carrie from church said it's the most depressing movie she's seen in a while. Which probably means it's interesting.
  • Finding Neverland - Kate Winslet. 'Nuff said.
  • A Very Long Engagement - Audrey Tautou. 'Nuff said.
  • Hotel Rwanda - I've heard excellent things, and Don Cheadle kicks my butt.
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Wes Anderson's next film. I've really enjoyed his others (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket).
  • The House of Flying Daggers - Can't get enough wire-fu.
  • Million Dollar Baby - Apparently Clint Eastwood has done it again. Although after Mystic River, I'm not sure I want to again.
  • The Aviator - I hate Leonardo DiCaprio. But seeing Gwen Stefani on screen has got to be awesome.
  • In Good Company - Scarlett Johansson. 'Nuff said.
  • The Merchant of Venice - Jeremy Irons does Shakespeare? Sweet.

Comments (6)


1. Enh.
2. Enh.
3. Clive Owen. Woot.
5. Sure.
6. Sure.
7. Cate Blanchett rocks my world.
8. Enh.
9. It's just Hillary Swank learning how to box...didn't she do that in Karate Kid III?
10. Screw Gwen Stefani. Cate Blanchett channeling Katharine Hepburn would be worth my money if the film had Leo DiCaprio AND Tom Cruise in it.
11. Never heard of it.
12. Jeremy Irons as Shylock? I'll bite...

Of course, that's provided I have financial aid left once I pay my bills. ;D
I want to be home NOW.

Yeah, I'd be interested in seeing any of those except Million Dollar Baby.

Um, did your website just change it's name, or something? How? Why? Is that legal?

Wick, I feel the same way. In fact there's even more interesting movies coming out in early '05 and in the spring. I spend too much time @ www.themoviebox.net

Here's my word on what you've (as of two days ago) not seen:

Sideways: Hands down one of the best movies I saw this year, up there with Eternal Sunshine and Tarnation and such.

Closer: Overhyped, but that's my opinion. This is one of those where the medium is the message as much as anything else: it was better as a play just like LoTR is better as a book and The Matrix is better as a multimedia experience. But the acting is spot-on and the dialogue cracks. So if you can prevent yourself from being psychotically suspicious of every relationship you've ever had, it's worth a look though I wish I'd waited for video. Not really a theater movie.

A Very Long Engagement: If "Amelie" is your only exposure to Audrey Tatou or Jean Pierre Jeunet, you might want to watch some of their other stuff to prepare you, esp. re: Jeunet, who made "City of Lost Children" and "Alien: Resurrection," the former of which is one of my favorite movies: dark, creepy, quirky, creative. A Very Long Engagement is the same, but with some disturbing/depressing WWI imagery.

I'll be seeing the others soon.



Samantha - Does "Enh" mean you'd rather not go? We might have some discussing to do... :)

David - Yes, I changed the title to my weblog, to something shorter, less cheesy and alliterative, and is a call-out to any Storyhill fans who may stumble across it. It's one of my favorite turns of phrases -- kind of denotes the same feeling as "Not all who wander are lost" without being pegged as another cookie-cutter Tolkien fan. And yes, that's legal. I think.

Khaled - Thanks for the advice. City of Lost Children has been suggested to me before, I'll have to look into that. My girlfriend is a big Clive Owen fan -- otherwise, I'd wait for video, too. Also -- moviebox.net is a cool website! I'll definitely be adding that to my faves.

Hey, I just saw Spanglish. It's quite good and has the most beautiful female I have ever seen on film. This is NOT an Adam Sandler movie. He is not the star, nor does he act like he does in any of his previous roles. So, I don't know, but you might have to add it to your list.

Incidentally, I almost referred to Adam Sandler as Samuel Adler, who is a composer, not an actor. I'm not really sure why that's relevant, but there it is anyway.


"Enh" means "very little interest." The only one that I really could not care less about, and yes, I'm sorry, I know I'm going to lose "cool girlfriend" points on this one, is The House of Flying Daggers. The genre just does nothing to impress me.

Outside of that, they're all wait-for-video in my book, but I'll go see 'em anyway, if it's with you. :)


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