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okay, i'm not really "gaga," but it sounded like an original selection among the mood states.
i admit: i am very behind in my movie-going/viewing. i usually see several movies a month (mostly at the theater), but i really fell behind in the latter part of 2007.
the good news is i flew to new zealand over the holidays, and was able to catch four flicks on the plane rides. one with each dinner and one with each breakfast (with a little bourne ultimatum in between... you can never see bourne too many times). due to the perfectly timed windowing of releases, i was able to catch what i wanted to see theatrically in the airplane window.
in order of viewing:
live free or die hard (dinner, on the way to nz)
fun. great action. great effects. a little long, but definitely wanted to hang in there. in fact, i really wanted to fall asleep, but i had to finish. a good sign... though, in hindsight, i can't remember a thing about it. let's attribute that to my post-running out of the office stress and general exhaustion.
hairspray (breakfast, on the way to nz)
for the life of me, i could not remember what movie i watched during this portion. i could only remember that i was pleasantly surprised that i liked it and found it entertaining. after trying to remember for days on end, i finally browsed through recent releases on rt to see if it would trigger a recollection. it worked. the movie was hairspray. despite musicals being one of my least favorite genres, i enjoyed it - and my fear that i would find it annoying did not come to fruition. not sure what to say that i couldn't even remember i saw it until i researched it. let's attribute it to oxygen-deprivation on planes. or old age.
simpsons movie (dinner, on return to la)
f-u-n-n-y! especially first half or so. love the piggie and the ridiculousness of it all. i love juvenile humor, so it was right up my alley. perfect length as well (learned from my trip out that a short movie was critical so i could get sufficient sleep). a perfect 87 minutes.
into the wild (breakfast, on return to la)
long. too long... couldn't finish and they cut me off for landing. but it was okay - i got the picture. he's dying. i also knew that because i read the book, which i recall being a fascinating story, but tedious and written by a self-absorbed author. i sort of felt that way about the movie - amazingly interesting story... want to know much more about this guy who had the conviction, courage and naivete to be on this crazy path, but the delivery of the story was self-conscious and indulgent. nevertheless, i enjoyed the cinematography (even on a tiny airplane screen), the acting, the effort and intentions.
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