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Dear God, HERO was a good movie. Now, webcomics

(From Something Positive. Click on the thumbnail for full sized parental love and respect.)

It's hard to write a snark, having just come in from seeing HERO. This was a movie that shows that someone on Earth understands how to make a movie that has a moral stance at its core, epic in scope, that does not talk down to its audience. This movie blew what little mind I had, and will stay with me for a long, long time. If you haven't seen it, go see it. If you don't want to go see it, go see it. If you know you're going to hate it, go see it. If you won't go see it, you're stupid. Got it? Good.

Oh, yeah. Something Positive.

The thing I liked about this strip was how far we've come with the evolution of Monette. Yeah, Monette's still dumb as a bag of hammers, but she's now truly, officially a Macintyre -- right down to being browbeaten by her adopted father. Personally, I have no problem with peanuts in Coke, and I'm not a lobster fan -- not because of the truly hideous way we cook it, but because I think it tastes like rubber dipped in butter, which is why I can't actually live in the State of Maine. They'll let me be from Maine but won't let me actually live there. Not if I won't eat the sea-bugs.

For the record, I also don't like Moxie. But that's considered "sane."

But the trappings of the strip are just that: trappings. Monette's over the trauma in her life and has found where she's happy -- where she belongs, with people who care about her. And the remaining reticence on Mr. Macintyre's part is essentially gone now. She is in the family: ergo, he can bitchslap her verbally with impunity. He'll absolutely kill anyone who hurts her, but that doesn't make him a nice guy.

Anyway -- I liked it.

Now go see HERO.


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Peanuts in Coke is surprisingly good, actually. And apparently people have been doing it for a long time, because my Dad has told me that when he was a boy ("which wasn't that long ago, really"), he would have peanuts and Coke that way, too. Apparently the packet of salted peanuts you could buy and the little glass bottle of Coke you could buy were just the right size for each other.

So I tried it...and found it was pretty good. I'm not generally much of a Coke fan, but I found it quite enjoyable.

I'd love to see Hero. But despite being the #1 movie in the nation last week, it's STILL not here in Manhattan KS. And this is a theater that has Superbabies 2 playing.

Guess I get to wait for DVD, like I did with Shaolin Soccer.

Amazing how you can be so correct about Hero and yet so tragically wrong about lobster. It stuns the brain, actually.

Just thought I'd add: If you liked the 'multiple moral framework' that this movie somewhat implemented, you may also enjoy Rashomon (a Japanese movie, which was a heavy influence on a lot of other movies since).

And appropriate, in a way, that this is one of the things I really like about something positive -- nuts in coke, or sea-bugs, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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