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All I could do at a moment’s notice, anyhow, was to shuffle the recycled old capsule reviews into the weekly movie listings, and I must say I was struck by the alphabetical surreality of Hidden Fortress and High and Low butting up against High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and Yojimbo butting up against Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and even Seven Samurai butting up against Slumdog Millionaire. I am aware, scratch my head though I may, that a lot of people are excited by the razzle-dazzle, the hustle-bustle, the hurly-burly of Slumdog Millionaire. But how exciting, I wonder, will it still be in fifty years? An artist of the stature of Akira Kurosawa truly puts things in perspective, and his presence under the same roof as Quantum of Solace and Transporter 3 immediately upgrades the quality of life in our fair (to middling) city. I would have liked to make more of the occasion.

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Alias_Jabez_Goethe Feb. 11, 2009 @ 7:14 p.m.

I've been wondering, every now and then since I saw it last December, just how 'The Order of Myths' would be reviewed ad rated by Mr. Shepherd. The scorecard may have been ready, but did he see it?!?

I thought is was well better than average. Good cinematography (at least for a 'documentary' these days), interesting subject. Suprising to see such a movie get sceen there as it was. This is usually the kind of film PBS will play, noone sees, and it jumps back into obscurity. Nice to have this rare chance to see it where it belongs.

If I was sure about what Godfrey Cheshire's 'Moving Midway' was at the time, I might have caught that too at the Gaslamp, when it played a few weeks prior, and maybe would have been as pleased with it. Why the new Reading Cinemas (formerly, Pacific Theaters) chose to play such oddities with no publicity of any kind, no press sceening, remains a mystery. I was the only person that Sunday evening to attend 'The Order of Myths'. It was nice, on the other hand, to see 'A Secret' get a better reception and longer run there. What a fine thing that was.


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