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Munich – an awesome film  0

Posted on December 26th, 2005. About Entertainment.

Previously posted on December 26, 2005 at: http://spaces.msn.com/members/jodidodds/Blog/cns!1p1a54g1PSNkhyBLLbfi4i8A!147.entry

 Schindler’s List is my all-time favorite film. It is, by far, the most moving and haunting movie I have seen, and Schindler’s transition from miserly profiteer during the harsh atrocities of the Holocaust to compassionate hero is such an astonishing evolution to witness over a three hour period. Twelve years later, Spielberg gives us Munich, which features the aftermath of violence between Israelis and Palestinians resulting from the massacre against the Israeli Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eric Bana superbly captures his role of Avner, a former bodyguard to Prime Minister Golda Meir who is sent to assassinate eleven Palestinian sympathizers implicated in the 1972 Munich murders. Avner and his counterparts are gradually transitioned from “normal” Israeli citizens into unofficial government-hired assassins, killing in hopes that it will bring peace to their country. What they come to see is that no amount of murder will ever result in peace. Both sides of the conflict are explored very well, and the dialogue remarkably conveys the emotions and rationale behind each argument without seeming overtly staged. I would definitely place this one on the Oscar list for 2005. I am appalled that A History of Violence made the Golden Globe list but Munich did not. I see that Munich is up for best director (Spielberg) and best screenplay, but that’s it. Hopefully the Academy will show a bit more good taste for excellent films.

Overly ambitious, perhaps?  0

Posted on December 26th, 2005. About Books.

Previously posted on December 26, 2005 at: http://spaces.msn.com/members/jodidodds/Blog/cns!1p1a54g1PSNkhyBLLbfi4i8A!146.entry

I have decided that I *am* going to attempt to read 50 books in 2006. Now, those who know me best probably find this hilarious given that I seldom make it through five books in a given year, but I am determined to read more. I believe the way Jenna’s goal went was 50 books or 15,000 pages, and not all 50 books had to be the length of Atlas Shrugged. I may even begin posting reviews on my website – http://www.jodidodds.com – which is actually a website documented my running experiences, but I can create a sub-directory and go for it. I actually know exactly where to start with my reading too – Mom, Evan, and I saw the new cinematic version of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This is the only book of the Chronicles of Narnia series I have read, and it was when I was in fourth grade – so I think it’s time to read the series (See? Seven books, right there…). I also received Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new Abraham Lincoln biography, Team of Rivals, for Christmas, so that will be on there as well (significantly longer than any of the Narnia books). I will put together my reading list and post it soon.
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