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Thought for the New Year

From Sage Master Shih Cheng-Yen (who has been too little consulted in the Year 2008):

Still Thought # 98

With great kindness, one has no regrets; with great compassion, one has no resentments; with great joy, one has no sorrows; with great generosity, one demands nothing in return.

On that uplifting note, self would now like to vent.  Following, self’s picks of the WORST movies of 2008:

(Caveat:  If you, dear blog reader, are one of those people who were rendered ecstatic by the Golden Globe nominations of Happy Go Lucky, as Best Picture for a Comedy or Musical, or for Tom Cruise as Best Supporting Actor in Tropic Thunder, then read no further.)

Happy-Go-Lucky:  Congratulations to Mike Leigh, his movie succeeded in getting self to walk out, after only 20 minutes.  Perhaps it was the relentless cheer, the lingering shots of people doing nothing, the grade-school-teacher-dressed-as-a-chicken stunt.  Perhaps it was that Sally Hawkins reminded self of a certain person, too soon after that person’s departure.  Perhaps it was because self firmly believes that people ought to be allowed their moods: not everyone wants to go around with a smiley-happy face all the time, particularly not in a bookstore, when one is engaged in reading.

Max Payne:  That makes two stinkers this year for Mark Wahlberg, the other one being The Happening.  After the high point of The Departed, this year was particularly disappointing for this Mark Wahlberg fan.

Tropic Thunder:  Only the first half hour was funny.  After that, self felt as if she was expected to find everything funny.  Which was tedious.  Profanity/Jack Black/smoking 12-year-olds, even cute Asian ones, are not funny.

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