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02/26/2004 Archived Entry: "movies movies movies"
Posted by CKL @ 09:12 AM PST

In the last week, I've seen Mystic River, Cold Mountain, and Girl with a Pearl Earring. The only Best Picture nominee I haven't seen is Seabiscuit, and that's sitting in a Netflix envelope at home. I'll try to make some time to watch it on Friday, because I'll be busy all day Saturday (running around SF) and Sunday (prepping for our Oscar Party).

I still don't understand why the Academy Awards are happening a month early this year, unless it's Hollywood paranoia about piracy. All I can do is shake my head about that. Jack Valenti, President of the MPAA, thinks if you want to make a backup of a DVD you own, you should buy another copy. This is the same guy who said "the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone." How is this idiot still allowed to do anything of any consequence in any professional capacity?

I love movies, and I have great respect for the artists who make them, but the people who run the business are seriously brain-damaged. Sadly, I don't think this phenomenon is endemic to the entertainment industry. I've had at least a couple of jobs (and heard about many more from friends and family) where upper management was totally clueless.

Dilbert: it's funny 'cause it's true. Not a new thing, either. Remember the COs from Beetle Bailey or Dagwood Bumstead's crazy boss in Blondie?

But speaking of movies, as I was, anyone who hasn't seen Office Space should. Though I never could get into The Office. Probably for the same reason I can't stand Curb Your Enthusiasm. Schadenfreude's not really my thing.

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