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Back from Silver City

"Silver City" was pretty good, not brilliant but full of zeitgeist. It seems kind of odd that I didn't hear more about it, but I haven't really been keeping up on the entertainment news this last month (except for reading about Hero and that new SF movie that looks like Metropolis meets City of Lost Children). I went with Stef, my old friend from high school, who was nice enough to pick me up at the bus stop and get Indian food with me before hand. It was she who suggested it, and since I liked Men with Guns I was most certainly game.

Anyway, it was really odd to see a Canadian skewer everything that's so fucked up in America right now, just one right after another: our verbally challenged president; the bills that get names completely contrary to their purpose (the Healthy Forest Defense act?); the purchase of the media by rich companies eager to protect their own interests by gagging news outlets; the (oh, shame, shame, shame!) fact that most Americans are so dulled by things like the last Presidential election being rigged that we can't really get a head of steam worked up about anything; the casual abuse of (illegal) migrant labor, who are pursued just because they can be abused; the fact that rules on worker safety are being written by companies who want to save money rather than save lives.

I felt so ... scathed, embarassed, like all of the world just said, "Hey! You over there in America! Do you realize you're NAKED???" I mean, Jesus, as long as you stay in the nudist camp where no one says anything about it it's hard to feel too embarassed, but now I'm ready to go reaching for a fig leaf. That probably will mean another wad of cash to the Kerry campaign - I just don't know what else to do.

Anyway, I'm home, and Friday is over. I'm going to sit down either with the book I started last night or the book I started today (the last in the Garden of Iden series by Kage Baker) and happily call it a night.

(Interested in the rest of the movies I've seen or books I've read this year? I've finally put this information on line. It's linked to off of the webcowgirl page. Feel free to chat with me about any of it.)

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