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I saw V for Vendetta this afternoon with a few friends. I knew only a little about the plot, and wasn’t interested in the movie so much as I was eager to spend time with friends out of the house.

The acting was better than I would have expected. The effects in the film were quite good. The plot was only a little cliche, but the overall presentation was nothing if not heavy-handed. I can’t tell whether that’s a real shortcoming of the writing/directing, or whether it’s a sad commentary on the bulk of the movie-going public today. I admit to being almost completely ignorant of the graphic novel from which the film was adapted. Movies from graphics novels seem to leave me scratching my head: I wasn’t overly impressed by Sin City, despite its rave reviews.

I’ve been watching a lot of movies at home with Carina, and sometimes the twins, too. The other night I caught the tail end of Kill Bill 2, which Carina was watching. Having suffered through the first volume in the theater, I don’t know why I sat through as much as I did of the second. I found nothing of interest in the tale.

A surprisingly enjoyable film was Pieces of April which we watched last night. It was a long 80 minutes, but it was a very good story, and the characters were well portrayed. Similarly, Kinsey was a good movie, carried well by Liam Neeson.

The twins watched and enjoyed Bend it like Beckham, The Iron Giant, Look Who’s Talking (which Tyler loudly proclaimed should be rated R for all the bad words) and Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. It’s been a very long time since I’d seen the latter, and I’d forgotten everything except the titular car and Dick Van Dyke.

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