November 30, 2003
Between that test and studying for my other finals, I did manage to see some movies.
My parents and I rented "The Life of David Gale." I realize that most of you who know me probably think I'm biased because it has my man, Kevin Spacey in it. But honestly, it's a really good movie. It was very interesting to me because Spacey's character is on death row, yet spent most of his life protesting the death penalty. I took the Law of the Death Penalty last year, so I actually knew a little bit about the subject. Anyway, the script could have been tighter, and I could have done without a few of the cliche activist moments, but overall, this movie had major moments of greatness. The acting by both Spacey and Laura Linney was superb. It's also one of those flicks where you're trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and constantly guessing what's going to happen. The end is awesome. One of those, "Oh my God" moments. I know the critics panned it, and I often agree with them--but not this time. This movie is worth seeing.
I also rented "Far From Heaven" with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. While I thought she was wonderful, and most likely deserved her Oscar nod for the picture, overall, I wasn't too impressed with the movie. It was a cross between "Jungle Fever" and "American Beauty."
Finally, I would HIGHLY recommend going to see "Love Actually." I'm usually not a huge fan of those mushy, feel-good movies that have no sense of reality. But this movie stays true to its title. It had its fair share of mush, but it's hysterical and sad in parts as well. And the ensemble cast is AWESOME. On an interesting note, Billy Bob Thornton plays the President of the United States. For those of you who have seen it, which president do you think his character was molded after?
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