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Day 99/365 – Curious Case, Great Movie
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Tonight I met up with my friend Adriana and we went to the movie theater in Chinatown to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." It was excellent. Although it’s a fairly long movie (2:47), it never seemed long and didn’t drag at all. The story kept moving and kept you interested in learning what was going to happen next.

In case you are unfamiliar with the plot, the movie concerns a guy who is born backwards in time — he starts out as an old man with arthritis and cataracts and then grows younger as he ‘ages.’ It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and although it’s a bit of a "high concept" premise, the movie never feels contrived. It’s engrossing, adventurous, dramatic, romantic, melancholy, and — in quite a few spots — flat out funny.

The performances were good. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett did a nice job with their parts, but the movie was absolutely stolen by the actress who played Pitt’s adoptive mother. The actor who portrays the tugboat captain did quite a good job as well. They also did an amazing job with the make-up and computer animation, so that it never looked fakey as the characters either aged or got younger.

The movie definitely has echoes of "Forest Gump" in that it deals with a boy growing up with the stigma of being ‘different’ who is very close to his protective mother, who comes of age traveling the world and serving in wartime, who has a star-crossed romance with a woman he’s known since childhood, and who fears that any child of his will suffer from his condition. Despite that, though, it doesn’t feel like a retread or a knock-off of any other film.

Two things to look out for if you decide to go see this movie — the guy who pops up occasionally to discuss being struck by lightning and the moment every woman in the theater sighs simultaneously. Here’s a hint, it features Pitt riding a motorcycle and seemed to have a pretty universal effect on the distaff portion of the audience (including Adriana). The guys were less impressed. It was a cool motorcycle, though.

(January 15, 2009)

Movie Figures
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This i the end with movie figures. I’ve left room for Movie 2 stuff.

This is not all of my Transformers just the ones I keep out on display.

I was Originally going to try to use Live Photo Gallery to make a Panorama but it didn’t work out so here are the raw photos.

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