I am 22 today. Huzzah. I celebrated by taking the day off from work (as I have finally reached an age where I can’t be assured of the chance to do that every year on my birthday). I slept in, messed around on the computer, read a bit . . . Then got a call from Scholl in the early afternoon with the offer to go to CiCi’s for lunch on the condition that I come pick him up. This I gladly did, and we had a great time gabbing and eating before returning to his apartment to play World of WarCraft for a few hours (but you don’t want to hear about that).

On to my top ten movies of Summer ’05, in no particular order:

White Oleander


Judgment at Nuremberg

Pulp Fiction


Hotel Rwanda



The Man Who Would Be King


This particular top ten is unusual for a few reasons. First, I had never seen nine of these movies before in my life (Rebecca being the lone exception). I saw White Oleander based on the recommendation of Paige, then read the book . . . I loved both of them, and recommend both of them (acknowledging the raw content, but not allowing it to interfere with my glowing opinion of the product). Judgment at Nuremberg . . . I need to own this movie. It was the best one I saw all summer. Pulp Fiction represents the only Quentin Tarantino movie I’ve ever seen . . . and what a movie (but I’ve discussed it enough in other places).

Pleasantville, which I saw three times this summer, was a delight to both the eye and the mind. Hotel Rwanda is just good historical drama. Magnolia provided some very interesting viewing, and kept me guessing where the heck it was going for three hours until the climax of biblical proportions. Never seen a movie like it. Ditto Dogville, but for very different reasons. I almost didn’t watch Dogville after reading some reviews about it, but it was already here so I decided to brave it. I actually watched it with the Scholls over the course of two sittings, and we enjoyed it. It is a movie that relies wholly on the strength of its characters, and they pull through . . . and there is a fascinating Christian interpretation that can be applied to it. High-quality viewing, indeed.

I saw The Man Who Would Be King based on Fry’s recommendation, and the turns of the main character’s fortunes kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Very exciting. Finally, Wit was a bit of a surprise. Ashley picked it from the library and I watched it with her . . . it’s the only made-for-TV movie to make one of my top ten lists. It’s based on a stage play, stars Emma Thompson, and pretty much ignores the “fourth wall” entirely. I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I couldn’t deny that it was a fantastic movie once it was over.

Anyway, that’s most of what anyone who was curious needs to know about my summer that I haven’t written sometime during it. For now, I’m tired . . . both physically and of hot weather and “vacation.” Bring on the semester.

~ by Jared on August 24, 2005.

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