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Reading, Watching, Playing

04.18.05 | 1 Comment

Boy have I gotten to enjoy a lot of entertainment over the last few days. I guess the easiest thing to do would be to take it in chronological order.

Thanks to my carpooling partner Martin, I was able to read a good chunck of Brust’s To Reign in Hell on the way home from work last Thursday. By the time I got home, I was close enough to the end that I sat up that night and finished it. It was good. Not his best, but good.

Friday night I finished playing Knights of the Old Republic II. (no spoilers follow) It was okay. I found the ending a bit anticlimactic. Maybe it was because I had focused on buffing up my character physically and creating a reall cool lightsaber. Force powers aside, a lightsaber upside the head tends to cramp any Sith’s style. Between that and master Healing ability, it was almost a cakewalk. Challenge aside, the story left me feeling a bit flat. Maybe some of you other readers will disagree.

Saturday I watched Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle. Damn that was one funny movie. Okay yes, there was one really gross scene. But forgiving the toilet humor (you’ll know the scene when you see it), I still laughed my rear end off. I’m serious. Rent this movie. Just don’t make your girlfriend or wife watch it. It’s definitely a guy movie.

I also started reading F. Paul Wilson’s latest Repairman Jack book, Crisscross. After lunch today, I’m 188 pages (about halfway) into it. He’s up to his usual standards. And boy does he poke at the scientologists. They’re not called scientologists in the book, but there’s no question that’s what they are. Heh.

Finally, Sunday Kim and I watched (together, imagine that!) Dodgeball. It was funny. Nothing on the scale of Harold and Kumar, mind you, but funny. However, it seemed like something important got left on the cutting room floor. It felt like there was some much-needed background info and characterization missing from the lead.

I got torqued off at the director after watching the alternate ending. The “alternate” ending was actually the original ending, which bombed in test audiences. For good reason. In the original ending not only does the antagonist win, but the movie cuts off without any sense of resolution. Ok, it’s one thing for the antagonist to win. I don’t mind shaking things up. But it was just done so poorly I can completely understand why test audiences hated it.

According to the commentary, he (the director) actually quit when the studio asked him to change the ending. Now, I know nothing about this guy other than that he said this was his first movie. But it sure seems like fresh-from-film-school artsy primadonna behavior to me. If he wanted to make a statement, that’s cool. But he sure picked a strange movie in which to do it. Dodgeball falls squarely into the category of “wacky comedy”. Between the poor editing choices and script shenanigans it sounds to me like the movie was funny in spite of the director.

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Comment by Jerry
2005-05-04 10:12:03

I did not care for either ending. I can do without all the gay nonsense. I mean they pushed this in a way that I thought it was a film for kids. I did not like what my kids saw in that flick. It was funny, but not for the youngsters.

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