Monday, December 22, 2003

We're at Ernie this week. Better watch your back.

I went to see the hemorrhoids-inducing Return of the King on Saturday, and generally it was a great movie. It lives up to the reputation of the first two movies, although you should be warned that it makes no attempt at all to catch viewers up on the storyline. As I've said before, I'm not a fan of the books, but the movies are able to stand on their own as solid material. Because the special effects were so uniformly excellent, there were at least two rough, unfinished scenes that were laughably noticeable (for example, watch the scene where a party of horsemen flee with the Black Gate behind them that just screams "green screen").

My only complaint is that they overused the cinematic fade-out at the end, making it feel like there were a billion tiny endings that just dragged the movie out. However, when the three movies are taken as a single unit, that extra non-climax time is probably essential to the momentum.

Here's a followup article on Bush's support of the gay marriage ban (see my December 18 news post for the original). It does a decent job of balancing various viewpoints, including the "Constution is not a moral document" idea and the difference between a marriage and a civil union. It also shows off how ignorant Joe Public can be when speaking with religious blinders on.

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I work Monday through Wednesday this week and then I'm off until next Monday.

Saddam was captured by Kurds, not US

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