Movie Season

Movie season commences. Sure, I want to see The Deathly Hallows Part One, but I really, really want to see Action Replayy, and it looks like it won’t come any closer to Springfield than Olathe or St. Louis. For now though, it is in release in India, and the clips look wonderful–a young man goes back to the seventies to help his parents fall in love and possibly increase their cool-quotient because, after all, parents and never cool, right? Throw in Bollywood song and dance with Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in seventies retro fashions and there is possible movie magic.

Of course I will see The Deathly Hallows; my unreasonable fear of seeing movies at the theater by myself will just have to go away for a bit. The Folklore Club (sponsored by the English Department) will be going to the midnight premiere, but that is too late for me. I might fall asleep. So, I may be in line for a weekend matinee instead. Also,Catfish is at The Moxie right now. I hear mixed reviews about it, but the subject material is very compelling for anyone who does research on online identity. At the same time, I wonder if the so-called shocking twists in the played out events that are detailed in this documentary are really all that shocking to people who know internet history. Layers of false identities? Welcome to the web. I don’t trust people who ignore history, and I truly question the level of “innocence” being claimed here by all involved.

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Author of the poetry collection The Tethered Ground and Professor of English at Missouri State University. Contact me for readings or for workshops on writing/publishing and on teaching writing online.

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