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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 3, 2009 at 5:10 PM

The things that don’t matter . . . and that do

There are days, in this interesting yet surreal job of mine, when I get a little obsessed with trivial things. Such as, will Nicole Kidman eventually have to hire a stunt forehead for her movies if she continues to freeze her face in the name of anti-aging? And, why is it that EVERY person in a movie, upon arriving at their home, immediately tosses their housekey into a bowl kept by the front door for that purpose? Do real people do this? Don’t these movie people have purses or pockets? Don’t they worry that they’ll rush out the door, forget the key and lock themselves out? And why is it, every time I go to a movie screening, somebody gets up twenty minutes into the movie and comes back with popcorn? Don’t they know you can buy it beforehand? And why does Pacific Place have a sign upstairs sometimes saying that “for your convenience” the upstairs snack bar is closed, when it’s not convenient at all if you’re up there already?
And then I see a movie that genuinely moves me, like “Phoebe in Wonderland,” which I saw today (review coming Friday), and it’s nice to think about things that matter. Like the way two actors — in this case, Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning — can effortlessly make you believe that they are mother and daughter, with all the complex love that relationship can bring. And how a child’s wondering eyes, captured by a camera, can be as magical as any special effect.
Back to movie news tomorrow. But that’s what I’m thinking today.

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