July 7th, 2002

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Ocean's Eleven

If you haven't seen last year's remake, go rent the DVD now. It really is fabulously done... the casting is outstanding, the pacing is very good, and it doesn't try to be something it isn't, be that a typical big-explosions-and-wild-gunplay action flick or a slapstick comedy. It's suspenseful, it has its comic moments, and it is quite elegant. I've seen it three times now, once straight up and twice more with the two commentary tracks (one is Soderburgh and Griffin, director and writer, the other Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Andy Garcia.) It was neat to hear how conscious they were of what would work and what wouldnt, what would ruin the rhythm and the feel of the film.

I missed this in the theater, I've had this habit of keeping too busy with other things, but I did rent the original Rat Pack version. The original is outstanding and the new one is just as good. They're both very different, all they really share is the basics of the plot and the title character's name. My initial impression of the original was that it was more cheesy and less clever, but once I reminded myself of its context in history, it really is as clever as you could be at the time, as is its successor. They're both films of their time.

There is one major change in the ending, which I won't give away, but was very pleased to see. That element of the original never sat well with me, but that's probably just a function of my generation...
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Oh, and for the record...

In case you've been keeping up with the news, you can ignore anything about US government plots against Iraq and Saddam Hussein. If they were actually planning to attack, they wouldn't make their jobs harder by telling their target they're gunning for him. While I do believe our sitting President is that stupid, the military and intelligence folks working for him aren't.

The big question, of course, is what are they really up to?
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*sigh* There goes another one...

I was reading the Northbrook Star this week. I always check the obituaries, as morbid as it sounds, just in case someone I know died. I expect it to be so mebody's parent, or a teacher or something. I don't expect it to be a peer. There was a girl listed who danced on Orchesis with one of my sisters, I graduated with her brother (who I didn't know very well.) I found out tonight out it was a suicide. That's a lousy way to end a weekend...f
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