February 15th, 2002

So, Anyways...

Julie and I went to see Monster's Ball last night. I'm still working on forming a solid opinion of the movie. I didn't love it. And I didn't hate it. It was less than two hours long, but it seemed endless. I'm pretty sure if they were to edit out the dramatic pauses and the scenes of Billy Bob Thorton cleaning up blood stains, the movie would have been fifteen minutes long. The story was interesting, except it was moved along mostly by a series of unbelievable coincidences.

What I definitely liked about the movie were the performances, which were pretty amazing all around. The movie had a very real quality to it. Oh, and Halle Barry nekkid. That was cool.

Did you see it? What did you think?

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Anyone ever heard of a movie called The Cat's Meow? I hadn't, until we saw a trailer for it last night. It seems to be a comedy about the Hearst yacht scandal. Legend has it that William Randolf Hearst murdered producer-director Thomas Ince during a yacht outing, but used his power and influce to keep it a secret, despite dozens of witnesses. If you've seen RKO 281 you might remember Herman Mankeiwicz telling this story to Orson Welles as he tried to talk him out of making Citizen Cane, which is loosely based on the lives of W. R. Hearst and Marion Davies.

Snopes has an interesting article about the Hearst murder legend.

The Cat's Meow has some excellent casting. Edward Herrmann as Hearst, Kirsten Dunst as Marion Davies, Cary Elwes as Thomas Ince, and my favorite transvestite comedian, Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin, who happened to be on the yacht, too.

It looks like a neat movie. Look for it in April.