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July 31, 2007



I love a quirky film and have tried to watch "The Life Aquatic..." twice. For some reason, I have not been able to make it through the first half. I'll try it again.


It is a really strange movie, and I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about it that worked and didn't work for me.


Like Steve just said...I like quirky and I really wanted to like The Life Aquatic but after a couple of passes, I started getting a bit ticked off by it. I think what happened was that it was a mess of a movie so they decided to market it as a cool cultish movie for the off-beat implying that if you didn't like it, something was uncool about you. You know, the emporer's new clothes strategy.


Ebert nailed it -- there's something about the movie that just doesn't work, but there's so much to enjoy while you're watching it not work that, in the end, you don't really mind.


I know that Sheila O'Malley of The Sheila Variations (link on my blog) really likes Ebert. Perhaps she wrote a tribute to him, but I don't think I've seen one recently.

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