Gattaca (1997)

Yes, this one is a few years old, but I just got around to seeing it.
I haven’t jump to rent this one (or see it in the theater) because, to be honest, it didn’t look all that good.
However, in the first 5 minutes, I was hooked. …And I stayed hooked until the end.
It’s a good-paced movie with some action. But mainly, the details that go into the main character’s continued maintenance of an alternate identification is what kept me glued to the set.
This one is obviously a renter, since it’s long gone from the theaters. However my recommendation is to rent it on DVD!

We Were Soldiers (2002)

We Were Soldiers just came out on DVD. When it was in the theater, I heard a review that it was the best Vietnam movie ever. I don’t know that I can agree with that summary. To call this a Vietnam movie, doesn’t do it justice. It’s not just a Vietnam movie.

The movie opens with the French in Vietnam getting slaughtered. This happens even before the credits. It’s violent but probably accurate without going overboard on the gore.

The first third or half of the movie is spent state-side, getting to know the Colonel (Mel Gibson) and his wife (Madeleine Stowe). This is a fully three dimensional character.

When the war begins, it’s intense. Every once in a while the story cuts back to see how the wifes are dealing with it. It shows how the Army was sending taxi drivers to deliver telegrams to the dead soldiers’ wives.

This is a very good movie and I hope it gets nominated for an Oscar. Mel Gibson probably deserves one too. The movie is a little over 2 hours 18 min long. The DVD has deleted sceens which were appropriately removed including one sceen with MacNamara. I highly recommend this DVD.

Signs (2002)

Tammy & I just got back from watching Signs. I went into it expecting a movie like “Sixth Sense” with a major twist at the end. The really wasn’t a major twist. It was more like “Unbreakable” where the whole movie just works together toward a solution like a big jigsaw puzzle.

The commercials give you the right impression about the mood of the film. It is a really good scary movie. It was very refreshing, epsecially juxtaposed with it contemporaries like “Resident Evil” – don’t bother renting that one.

M. Night Shamalan has a great movie here that I recommend although it may be too scary for (my) kids.

Why so many years between reunions?

Why is it that there are so many years between our family reunions? Is it because of the distance? The cost?
Dianne’s family has a family reunion every year in Oklahoma. It’s not too fancy, but it’s nice. It’s at a state park, near a big lake, and it’s cheap!

I’ll bet there is a nice lake or state park in a central point between Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Maryland.
…That is, of course, if you want to see your family more often.