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Worthy candidate

I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.

What made me laugh was.

I  expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny.  Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control.  No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.

But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy.  Things the trailer didn’t reveal.  Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either).  The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.

What a novel idea.

Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager.  I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.

The ending was also unexpected.  And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say —

Watch the credits.


After midnight

12:01am — The premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

I was there.

Yes, I could have waited until the crowds thinned…until the feverish mania around the conclusion of this epic movie franchise had died down a bit.

But what’s the fun in that?

Seeing the final film in an atmosphere of unbridled excitement and enthusiasm?  That’s how I want to remember Harry Potter.

People dressed in inspired costumes.  Spontaneous trivia contests breaking out in the aisles.  Chants of “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape” attempting to overpower a fervent rendition of “Neville Longbottom.”  And the particularly hilarious cries of hatred hurled at the trailers proceeding the movie.

But the film was so worth the wait.  Director David Yates’ vision is true to the book and yet so much more.

I’ll see it again, of course, at some deserted weekday matinee.  It will still be an incredible movie, but…

Nothing can touch midnight.

Perfect pairs

I went to see X-Men: First Class Thursday at the matinee.

Not only did I discover I like X-Men films — it was my first and is seriously fun — but I realize the movie gods have officially created a new ‘hot guy duo.’

In my moviegoing lifetime, Robert Redford and Paul Newman were the original dynamic duo.  Just look at the two of ’em in this still from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…

Sorry.  Lost my train of thought.

George Clooney and Brad Pitt were the next duo worthy of official status.  Seen here in a scene from Oceans 11,  they both have the same classic good looks…and the good sense not to take those looks or their celebrity too seriously.

Oops.  Drifted off again.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in X-Men are the newest breed of hot guy duo, and possibly the best actors to achieve this honor to date.  They may not as be as classically handsome as their predecessors, but the camera loves them.

I do, too.

If you’re not typically a fan of the X-Men franchise or even this movie genre, I encourage you to give this one a look-see.

You’ll be carrying a torch for these two long before the final frame of film has unfurled.


Harry Potter, I’ve failed you.

My plans to re-read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” prior to the release of the movie version of Part I this Friday didn’t happen.

My hopes to attend the AMC trilogy showing of movies 5, 6 and 7 on Thursday, November 18th were also stymied by a work commitment that same evening.  I’m even arriving home so late via train that attending the midnight showing of “Deathly Hallows” is in jeopardy (and, let’s face it – my brain will probably be mush).

And with two friends visiting New York City on Friday with special events planned, I doubt I’ll get to the movie that day, either.

So I will have to wait two days – count them, TWO – to see this highly anticipated movie event.


I know some of my friends will commiserate with me on the anxiety I am feeling (Lou, Emily, Jennifer, Karen – thank you for your support).  Others will laugh because they either A.) never get to a movie this early in the release or B) never go to the movies much at all.

But going to an event like “Harry Potter” at that first midnight showing or, indeed, that first day, adds another level of excitement to the film that cannot be recreated at later viewings.  The audience that attends those earliest of early viewings are the most rabid of fans.

And when I’m psyched about seeing something, I wanna be surrounded by other folks who are psyched…not empty seats during a weekday matinee.

So, Harry, forgive me.  This time, I’ll be a bit late.

But I promise to make it up to you in the new year, when I’m heading to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, and geeking out with all the other overly excited Potter fans.

I won’t let you down!