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Two Ways Of Dealing With A Problem (Spoilers)
In "Hoot", Mullet Fingers is engaging in sabotage to stop the pancake house. The problem is that the builders just start over again, and he has to take more drastic measures. When he is confronted with the dogs, he scares them off with snakes, not before he is bitten by a dog and has to go to hospital.
Roy at bedtime asks his father, who works with the Department of Justice, how he deals with crooks. His father says it involves the tedious steps of looking through papers, because sooner or later, they all slip up. You can see this with Enron and WorldCom. Roy looks at documents relating to the pancake house, and finds a suppressed document (he does have to break in to the company trailer), so when the police see it, he has the law on his side. Unlike when he evaded the police.
Mind you, as mentioned before, Roy is not always law-abiding, and when the company man is killing owls (illegally), Mullet Fingers takes direct action. He can't wait for the law (Mullet Fingers is in hiding). The movie does suggest that one should work in the system.
She's the Man (2006)
Spoilers for both "Twelfth Night" and "She's The Man"-Both Good
I think a person would be well-advised to read or see (I favour reading) "Twelfth Night" before seeing, or re-seeing "She's The Man". The movie is good on its' own, but comparing the two, and looking for the in-jokes makes it a lot more fun. Shakespeare was inspired by others. I think he'd give a thumbs-up.
Harld Bloom said in "Shakespeare, The Invention of the Human", that most of the people in "Twelfth Night" need to be locked up. Malvolio, the person Malcolm is based on, is-for no good reason. People in "She's The Man" are sane in contrast. For instance, Duke Orsino is far more leval than the Duke of Orsino. He also shows that a man can have feelings without being gay. He displays a lot of self-control.
It's a teen comedy (a clean one), so it doesn't have the dark edges of the play. For instance Olivia in the play is mourning the death of her brother. In the movie, she has been dumped.
If you like Sir Andrew and Sir Toby in the play, they don't have the same attention in the movie.
The in-jokes are quite often quick. The hairdresser Pauls' last name is given once. It is Antonio. Lots of people who've read the play say that Antonio has more love for a man than is just friendship. Deep love between men was noted in those days. Some see a sexual side to it-homosexuality was illegal.
The only line from the play I caught is where Duke Orsino quotes the coach on greatness during the soccar game. In the play, it is said by Malvolio, quoting Maria).
Very Good-Much Better than "Narnia", or most of the rest of the Stuff out there
"Aquamarine" is a great movie. People who think it's a ripoff of "Splash" haven't seen one or the other (or either). In "Splash", the man and the mermaid are the center of attention. Here, it is the two girls.
There's no accounting for taste in that "Narnia" did so well, and this one tanked. They can make a good movie without people getting cut up, as in "Narnia", or people being focused only on sex, as with other movies. You need goodness and innocence, at least once in a while.
Realistic might not be the right word to use about a movie with a mermaid, but there is realism. Raymond likes Aquamarine, but after three days, he does not fall in love with her, but they agree to keep on seeing each other. Leonard, although he looks creepy, is really a good guy.
Agaumarine does not find Romano love, but she finds love in friendship. Clair and Hailey learn about giving up what you want for a better good.
Private Lessons (1981)
I Loved This Movie
I remember seeing "Private Lessons" when it first came out. I later looked at the book it was based on. The book is more serious and darker.
Needless to say, unless you are 100% gay, this is a nice dream. I was kind of let down that they didn't live happily ever after together.
There is a double standard in this movie. What would people have thought if Lester had seduced Phily? Or if Lester had seduced a girl? A woman seducing a girl would have been accepted.
I've read that it is more frequent for women who have sex with underage boys to be taken to the courts. It's not seen as a "Private Lessons" thing anymore by others. In Canada, the age of consent starts at 14. It might change with a new government.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Good Movie, Unless You Hate Mexicans
This was not the best action movie I ever saw, but a good time-waster. I will see the DVD, since they probably have extra scenes. Movies now are trailers for the DVD.
"The Legend of Zorro" deals with his family life. Unlike Batman or Superman, Zorro has a wife and a child. That kind of complicates things. In this movie, that is stressed. Both sides are at fault, as is usually the case in family matters.
One thing, "Zorro" mentions the fact that California, and by extension, much of the US, was settled by Mexicans, who later became patriotic Americans. Pat Buchanan and American Patrol, among others, need to see this movie, to remind them of this fact. Mind you, Mexicans displaced the Native Americans. Pat Buchanan and most of the Mexican-bashers are not Native Americans, so they have no complaint. They are descendents of immigrants themselves.
There are a lot of historical errors. Those who like history as a study in conspiracy's would like it. Shakespeare made a lot of historical errors too.
A Good Movie
I saw "Masterminds" twice when it came out. It is an engaging movie. I like Ozzie as he engages the villains. One thing is most times, Ozzie is not in real danger. It's more the cat-and-mouse fun.
Ozzie is no saint, but he wouldn't be such fun if he was. Also, when he is trying to pirate video games, he is as much a criminal (non-violent) as Bentley. Bentley does it for the money, there is no ideology. Same with Ozzie.
Okay, the movie is not realistic, but how often do you see a realistic James Bond movie? The "Die Hard" movies are not that realistic, although, since the criminals are playing for less money, they are more realistic.
In "Masterminds", they are playing for huge stakes, but not seeking to take over the world. In fact, the boss of the siege is not even in the school. He has goals which make the ransom seem like small change.
"Masterminds" is a little sadder now, since Breslen in Russia. The cops in "Masterminds" value the lives of the students, and are not trigger-happy Rambos.
Pirates: 3D Show (1999)
"Pirates 3D/4D" is not one of Leslie Neilsons' best, but it is a good show. It is about 20 minutes, but the special effects save it from being a waste of money.
If you're scared of spiders, do not see it. You'll freak.
Pirate movies have made a comeback, and this is one of them.
I saw this movie in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It may still be playing there. It also was playing at the Luxor, in Las Vegas. I don't know if it is still playing.
If you like special effects that put you in the middle of the action, see it. It's just a short waste of time. If you don't like special effects, they will not save you from thinking that you wasted your money.
Why Did People Dump on this Movie
With all the dreck out there, this is a gentle movie about young love. Yes, it's true that young love often makes more out of something than it deserves, but why aren't people down on "Romeo and Juliet"? Paul and Michelle are models of good behave compared to them.
Yes, they run away, and set up an ideal life, but this is a movie, not real life. Paul is more sexually interested than Michelle, who has been come onto in a bad way. Eventually, they have sex, but no one is forced into it. The movie does let kids know that sex can cause babies.
One thing, there is nudity in the movies. The camera does not focus on it, but it is there.
The ending of the movie has Paul in good chance of being found out. In "Paul and Michelle", they separate for a time. If you don't like the ending of a movie, think one up yourself. Alternative endings are not just for DVDs.
I recall seeing this movie soon after it came out (on TV). It made an impact. I later read the book.
The movie differs from the book, in that in the book, Rynn murders (there is no other word), Mrs. Hallet and her mother. In the movie, they have accidents. She does poison Frank Hallet, to avoid being molested by her.
The relationship between Rynn and Mario is sweet. Rynn feels the need for someone to share her life with, on terms of being and equal, and Mario is willing to go along with it. It might have been something for them to have sex, but Mario is not taking advantage of a child, like Frank Hallet would. It is a relations of equals. Their ages are not that far apart. As Mario comments, the guys talk about sex. He's getting some, and keeping quiet.
A nice dated thing. Mario walks with a limp because of polio. In the United States and Canada, this is so yesterday. Sadly, until polio is wiped out, we must keep up our guard.
"Romy and Michele" has some good lessons for people.
Taking a look at Romy and Micheles' lives before they hear about the reunion, you may not feel it is for you, but these girls are not living in poverty. They are living together with someone they care about (not in a sexual manner-yet), and have a fun life. They may not be able to afford trips to Hawaii, or even Las Vegas, but they are content with what they have.
Then they get the reunion notice, and it gets into Romys' mind that they haven't amounted to anything. So she gets all upset about that. Ambition is a good thing, but Romy's just upset about what others think about them. There is a saying attributed to Oscar Wilde that people would be happy to find out how little others really think about them. Romy never read that. So she and Michele dream up their little lies, but they get caught.
Then Michele, who has been more a passive character, tells Romy to grow up, and be happy for what they have. She isn't all that bright, but she knows being content can make a person happier.