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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 19, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Getting out of jail — in the movies

So, “Mad Men” is over until next summer, and “Jackass 3D” made more than $50 million at the box office this weekend (the highest October opening ever, which means that far more people wanted to watch this thing than, say, an actual movie), and some days it’s just not so easy to settle down to work in the morning. So here’s what’s on my mind, to distract myself: Sometimes, by sheer coincidence, you see two movies close together that have similar themes, and they kind of run together. Last week, “The Next Three Days” screened for press; it’s the (fictional) story of a man (Russell Crowe) whose wife is, he believes, wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and who decides that he’s going to bust her out of prison, the law be damned. Screening the same day was “Conviction,” which I saw in Toronto, which is the (fact-based) story of a woman (Hilary Swank) whose brother is, she believes, wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and who decides that she’s going to put herself through college, then law school, in order to defend him. Now, if you watch these two movies consecutively, it’s impossible to not start wishing that this woman would just put down those law books and start surfing the Internet for prison-breakout techniques, or that Hilary would just give Russell a call for advice, even though that Would Be Wrong. I remember recently seeing two movies in a row that took place in contemporary Manhattan, and one character’s cellphone rang and I thought for a second that it was a character in the other movie, and how interesting that would be. Anyway.
Off to “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” this afternoon. Read the book recently and became mildly obsessed with how much coffee everyone drinks in it (and in all of the “Dragon Tattoo” books). I’ll try not to count the cups.

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