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Ruth picture

Many thanks to Luisa for sending me the clipping above (click on image to see the full front page) from The Mirror, a Scarborough newspaper. Incidentally, Ruth's "Pants Off First" has gotten good reviews in Booklist and Publisher's Weekly.

Went to see "Jurassic Park III" yesterday afternoon with ScottD and Jeff. Predictable plot, unsurprisingly, but it was good escapist fun for a couple hours. :-) Enjoyed it more than "A.I." or "Planet of the Apes".

I go to movies for different reasons. Sometimes because I'm hoping for some really good storytelling, sometimes for the escapism factor, sometimes for the social aspect. For me, the movie can have a stupid plot and still be enjoyable if there are interesting characters. I mainly go to movies for the escapism factor. My ideal movie pulls me in and keeps me engrossed throughout. I'm never tempted to look at my watch; the outside world disappears completely. I don't go to movies for intellectual stimulation (I prefer text for that); I want to be entertained. I want happy endings, or at least endings with an element of hope.

My personal pet peeves at movies:

- Trailers which give away too much of the plot.

- T.V. commercials being shown before the trailers.

- Sticky floors.

- The commercial (maybe this only showed in Canada).

- Sitting behind someone with big hair.

- Cellphones.

Related pet peeve:

- Movie snobs. Y'know, the type who turn their noses up at all commercially successful movies and praise all independent art films, regardless of quality.

Today's Blatherpics:

- Photo of my sister in The Mirror from last Friday.

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Today's Poll:

Have you ever cried at a movie?

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