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I'm watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - we saw it in the theater last year, but it's worth seeing again. As I write this, Gary Oldman is doing that long speech about Karla - almost a monologue, although Mr. Cumberbatch does throw in a line or two - that's probably the best thing in the movie, and it's a good movie. I remember thinking later that that speech was probably the Oscar nomination right there. IMDb's trivia page (here) has some interesting stuff about how they assembled that amazing cast - half of it by accident when other people weren't available, it sounds like.

Also, I watched a "making of" thing beforehand, and it was generally pretty interesting, but the thing that struck me about it was that Mark Strong was bald - which suggested to my mind that it was probably made while they were filming John Carter - although it took me a minute to remember where I had seen Mark Strong with no hair. Actually I think at John Carter, I spent half of the movie wondering who that bald guy was and what else I'd seen him in lately. Apparently Mark Strong interests me. (I liked John Carter. It's another movie I would like to see again.)

The Hobbit made $85m or so over the weekend, which is apparently thought to be disappointing. Like I said yesterday, the showing we went to wasn't full, for what that's worth. I didn't expect to hear that it had made Avengers-type money, anyway. But on the other hand, $85 million is nothing to sneeze at, either.

The other movie I watched this weekend was the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice, another movie I hadn't seen since I saw it at the theater at the time. Something reminded me of it, and I rented it on iTunes (which I have started doing for movies I want to see on a whim like that - it's certainly cheaper than OnDemand, most of the time, and the selection is much better). I had forgotten a lot of things - for one, that Judi Dench was in it at all. I'm kind of a P&P snob, but it's not a bad adaptation, really - except for that scene at the end, which is so anti-Austen that it makes me roll my eyes. That part I hadn't forgotten.


(It's nearly 4 in the morning. I have no business being up, although I feel like crap and I suspect I'm not going to make it to Galveston tomorrow, anyway. I'll end up working at home again.)
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