March 26th, 2007

jack & daniel

Reign Over Me

I've been waiting with mild impatience for this film to come out. There are few enough films which center on (much less in a positive yet realistic fashion) friendship. I like to support such films, such rarities, and with Don Cheadle starring, I didn't even worry about whether Adam Sandler could keep up opposite him.

I enjoyed it throughly. Sandler surprised me with the depth of his performance: behind all of Charlie Fineman's coping mechanisms, his drums and videos games and verbal jokes, there's a hidden well of pain. He's all surface, no memories, because he can't afford to plumb the depths. Cheadle, of course, is excellent as well: Alan Johnson is a family man who has no friends, no life outside his well-paying job and his wife and kids.

It's a quiet film, slow in places, but my attention never wavered. The slowly-rebuilt friendship between Alan and Charlie is very real, and even more than that I loved the ways in which Alan tries to help Charlie, and the ways in which they end up saving each other.

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If you'd like to see a movie about friendship, about how much it adds to human life and how much we need it, then you should certainly see Reign Over Me. (whitemartyr, I think you'd like it; I wanted to call you and talk about it after I saw it.)

Guess My Fandoms Meme

Stolen from everybody:

Summarize 10 of your fandoms in one sentence, then see who on your friends' list can guess each fandom.

1. It's all about the disguises, really. When it's not about family dysfunction and love. Alias, mistraltoes

2. The meek don't exactly inherit the earth, but they certainly save it. Lord of the Rings, ladybrick

3. Horses, shotguns, and zombies. Firefly, mistraltoes

4. A government experiment went wrong--too late for him to back out. Crap. The Invisible Man, jd3000

5. The truth is in the details. CSI, ladybrick

6. In this one, they swear by the user. ReBoot, jd3000

7. How long can a civilian keep a police ride-along permit, anyway? The Sentinel, mistraltoes

8. Mathematics is one-half of the central OTP. Numb3rs, jd3000

9. Mockery is the first line of defense against the major villains. Big guns come in a close second. Stargate SG-1, jd3000

10. A government experiment went wrong--although he wonders if God had a hand in that. Quantum Leap, jd3000