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Watched a bunch of movies over the past few days.

Red Riding Hood wound up being better than I thought it would be.  There’s an element of that Twilight-y, teen love so I’ve been told.  I haven’t actually seen any of the Twilight films.  But there are sound themes covering abuse of power and what fear can do to a community.  Plus, the movie did a good job of hiding the wolf from me at least.

I had never seen Poltergeist but it’s one of my wife’s favorites from childhood.  It’s a pretty freaky movie, even now.  I enjoyed it and so did my younger daughter Madison.

Tonight, the whole family watched Romeo + Juliet, the 1996 retelling of the classic tragedy with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.  I’m not sure what the deal is with this retelling.  It’s almost slapstick in the opening scene before settling into a more mature and steady pace.  The beginning almost ruined it for me.  The performances are worthy of a Shakespeare.  It’s crazy to think DiCaprio was only 22 when this movie came out.

I remember not liking They Live when I was a kid.  The pace is a little slow and there is an ending that may dissatisfy.  But that was then and this is now.  It’s a great satire about our consumerism and quest for the almighty dollar.  Roddy Piper is better in the lead role than you might think.

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