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June 15, 2005

Movie Recommendations from Near and Far

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* The Communicatrix makes "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" sound like a classic chickflick.

* Steve found "Batman Begins" perfectly respectable.

* Martine enjoyed -- no, make that loved -- the kids-dance documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom."

Me, I haven't been to a screening or a movie theater in months. The hot summer weather is starting to make industrial-strength air conditioning look mighty good, though.



UPDATE: Cowtown Pattie found "Cinderella Man" involving and rewarding. She praises Russell and Renee, and was relieved not to be bombarded with excessive CGI effects.

* Jon Hastings enjoyed "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," however "silly and shallow," and even thought Brad Pitt didn't do too badly.

posted by Michael at June 15, 2005


Well, you obviously missed my praise of Cinderella Man. Great movie, great acting, and no hyper computer graphics...

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on June 15, 2005 11:06 PM

Cinderella Man was indeed pretty good, and who needs to break new ground anyway?

A good companion piece is The Harder They Fall, a thinly disguided take on the Primo Carnera/Max Baer business featured in the picture. Baer pretty much plays himself.

It's funny that in real life he felt horrible for the two guys he killed in the ring - sending money to the widows and putting their kids through college - but in public he revelled in the killer image. I'm sure he would have loved his portrayal in CM.

Posted by: Brian on June 16, 2005 2:25 PM

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