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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Damn this Leap Year. Because of 2004’s extra day, Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, much to the consternation and potential confusion of many.

Apparently, this is bad news for all of Christianity — at least in the Bible Belt:

“It’s a day for the good Lord, not for the devil,” said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.

So let me get this straight: Celebrating Satan is a no-no on the Lord’s day, but it’s okay if you do it the night before? Or any other day of the week? Like that’s showing proper respect for God?

I guess that makes about as much sense as religion in general does.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/16/2004 04:25pm
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Cruising the bars with your wingman is so passe. If you wanna score, you need a wingwoman. The New York Times has caught on, so you know it’s the “in” thing.

I like the concept. I’ve found you’re definitely more approachable when you’re hanging with a female friend. But paying for it? Sorry, seems a bit too escort-service for me.

I’ve heard that the best bet is to shanghai an attractive relative, either a sister or cousin. Moot point for me: I have no sisters, and my female cousins, while all beautiful, are a minimum of five years older than me (not to mention mostly married and with children).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/16/2004 12:52pm
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Isn’t it always the way? For the last three weeks, I’ve been in a movie drought — there’s been very little in the theaters to lure me in. I’m a movie buff, so I’ve been jonesin’.

Now, all of a sudden, there are five movies in Tampa Bay moviehouses that I want to see:

- Team America: World Police. Political satire, gratuitous violence, sexual explicity — in marionette form. Hell yeah, I’m there. (I’ll wait for the NC-17 version when it comes out on DVD.)

- The Final Cut. Robin Williams in a sci-fi tinged thriller as a human memory editor. Sounds like a straighter treatment of the subject matter behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

- Code 46. Another near-future potboiler, this time with Tim Robbins and dealing with likely social issues that will sprout from genetic bioengineering. It’s intriguing.

- The Last Show. Based on a true story of an FBI sting that was set up as a movie production. It’s got potential.

- Facing Windows. Italian flick, with very thought-provoking premise: Love affair that takes place in the present day and 60 years ago, simultaneously.

It’s famine-to-feast time.

Naturally, I don’t have time to catch all of them in the next six days (unless I want to live in the cineplex, which ain’t gonna happen). So I have to play the percentages and figure out which ones will stick around past this week, so I can delay seeing those.

Facing Windows actually came out last week; I didn’t have time to catch it then. I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s still playing here. I guess I’ll have to catch it, probably today. I also figure Team America will carry over for at least a couple of weeks, so I can put off that one.

I think I’ll try for one movie a day over the next week. If I can’t swing that, I can always rent them later; but since I never rent movies, that’s nothing to count on.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/16/2004 11:39am
Category: Movies
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