I forgot to mention that we also went to see Django Unchained. I think I am going to say I liked it but I'm not going to recommend it to anyone. I think Christoph Walz is a brilliant actor and I'd probably go see anything he was in. Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio were great in their roles too. And I love Tarantino's way with dialog and music. Few do it better.
That said, I spent a large portion of the movie looking away from the screen, and there were a few more times I wished I had. And I'm just having an issue with the theme of vengeance. I know it makes a great story, and you get to root for the "good guy", but at what point does exacting revenge become just as awful as the initial violence? Almost immediately, I think. I'm afraid I'm just getting to the point in my life where I want to be surrounded by more love and kind hearts, and regardless of how excellent the other components of a movie are, it's hard to get past all the bloodlust.
Along those lines, we did watch something last week that I thoroughly enjoyed: Fry in America. Stephen Fry is another actor/director/author/comedian/etc. who I would go to see in anything. This was a series of six shows where he drove a London cab through all 50 states. Obviously, he didn't have long to spend in each one, but he found something interesting about every place (except Miami. He couldn't find anything good about Miami). The show was fun mainly because Fry is such a decent guy. He finds the good and the funny and the quirky in everything (except, of course, Miami). It's a thoroughly enjoyable show, and I loved it.
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