Stuff.. I don’t think I’m going to get the edit done tonight. Mr. Joe Woods was over; Mr. Joe Woods introduced us to Papa Murphy’s Chicaco-style ‘za.
I nearly made the cashier cry. “Do you want some bread sticks?” she asked. After all, we were only getting a family-sized pie, and this is Joe and Lee we’re talking about. “Nah,” said Joe. “We can always eat the cat,” I added. This made the girl tear up. “Not the kitty!” she said. “Oh, that’s right,” I said, “we’re not eating Chinese.” “You can’t eat the cat!” she said. She wasn’t joking. “But this one’s a bastard,” Joe said. “It claws everything.” “And pukes all over,” I added. “But that’s what kitties are for!” she said. We left without purchasing the breadsticks. I’m sure she’s been worrying about it since.
We watched “Rat Race,” which I didn’t finish (funny, but not enough to hold my interest through a fussing baby), A.I. (more later), and “The One” (didn’t finish. No. Barely started: I want a little humor with my cheesy action flicks, even if it’s just a smart-assed comment or two. This was one short step above porno-level filming.)
A.I. I didn’t like it, but I was glad I saw it. Hayley Joel Osment is amazing. There were two things I hated about this movie. One: the ending. Two: it was too damned long. While I like the idea of resurrecting a person for just one day, and using that one day to resolve everything screwed up about his or her life, it was an idea that belonged to another movie. This was not a movie in search of a happy ending, no matter how qualified. And making a comment about David (the A.I. character) making his first dream could have been inserted into the movie elsewhere. And the length…Oh My God. While I like the long pauses and moments of disturbing, creepy silence that you get in Kubrick movies, this was just wrong. It wasn’t the pauses and silence. It was the moments. Where one moment would have illustrated the point, three or four were used. Where one incident would have demonstrated the sheer corruption available to the human race…you get the point. I thought I was bad about belaboring the obvious. But…it was all thought-provoking. Personally, I think pretty much everything the human characters did in the movie was cruel and unnecessary, but for one thing. If we have the chance to create a robot with (basically) a soul, I think we should go for it. We take the same chances every time we create a baby, and, like in the movie, it might give us a chance to outlive disaster.