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Saturday, June 22, 2002

Entry 0019 -- I go for months without renting movies or even thinking very much about the medium of film. I rented a couple of excellent movies for weekend viewing, though, and just finished watching the second of the two.

The Others is an old-fashioned ghost story with a twist so modern that to even compare it to anything else might risk giving its delightful conceit away. Trust me that it's 100 suspenseful, tension-filled minutes that had me guessing right up to the very end. Gothic and intimate, it's a great movie to watch with somebody you love -- or at least like very much.

Monster's Ball is a movie I'd wanted to see for months, and finally had to settle for the VHS copy at the video store, as the DVD has been all rented out every time I dropped in to try to score a copy. The movie's acting pedigree -- Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry and Peter Boyle -- is absolutely stunning. The story, about the generational sickness of racism, and of letting hate fall away from you, is by turns horrifying and riveting. The most powerful movie I've seen in quite some time, Monster's Ball is no popcorn movie, but food for thought that pulls no punches.



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