I went to the movies this evening and caught Robin Hood. It was a fine film - the acting, directing, and cinematography were all superb. It could've withstood about fifteen minutes of it to have hit the editing floor, but otherwise, it was quite entertaining. Go see it if you want to see a good (not great or perfect) movie.
I also watched an HBO film You Don't Know Jack about Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He was played by Al Pacino. I watched it in two parts, mostly due to the length paired with my laziness and the fact that I went to the movies to see the previously mentioned piece. Now, having said that I watched the HBO film in two parts is not to say that it was boring. Quite the opposite. Tt wasn't, especially the second half of it. I honestly am not sure that Al Pacino doesn't top himself playing Dr. Kevorkian. He did what Heath Ledger did for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight: he made it to where I couldn't make it be Al Pacino any more while I was watching it. He became the doctor of death. He was him.
Maybe what made You Don't Know Jack so enthralling is that it seemed to be very truthful to the events and how they happened. I didn't hear anything that really sounded like the truth being stretched, and they even went so far as to use actual video documentation of Dr. Kevorkian's assisted suicides on almost all of his patients. Yes, that's in the movie.
He made many excellent points during the movie. More importantly, he made really great points in his actual life (some of the lines were used in the film). I love movies that make me think. They are important to our culture.
What do you think? Or, do you?
Lastly, I found it interesting how both Robin Hood and You Don't Know Jack had some similarities with their protagonists. They are truly men of the people, fighting an antiquated law to help others, no matter the danger it may bring to them.
You should really watch those youtube videos when you have the time. They should get the ball rolling on thinking, I hope.
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