Friday, July 08, 2005

---Warning! Incoming Movie Review: 

"War of the Worlds"
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We saw "War of the Worlds" at an obsolete (only 6 screens!) theater which had been converted into a dinner theater by replacing half the rows with small, individual tables. The experience was synergistic---a mediocre movie, poor service, and stale food.
The movie wasn’t a complete loss. The expensive spine-tingling special effects were pretty good, although certain scenes caused me to have “Half-Life 2” tm flashbacks. It eventually bacame clear that they took the original story (much of it seemed to be straight from what I can remember of the book and even the first movie version) patched in a couple of poorly developed subplots to make it all "21st Century", and got Tom Cruise to annoy everyone as a substitute for dramatic involvement. It’s still a reasonable excuse to get out of the house.

Now it’s time to find a copy of the old 1953 Gene Barry version.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of annoying celebrities:
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"Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard"

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