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Went tonight to see 'Mission Impossible III.' And I know Tom Cruise is insane and a mad scientologist and all that...but still I went to see it and enjoyed it.   And all I can say is that I rather approve of films that use as many explosives as this one does.  (I have a long list of films that could learn from this.) In a past life I was probably one of those medieval peasants that saw three skulls of John the Baptist and were really impressed by the fact that he had three heads.  

Also on the new Marie Antoinette film read this on IMDB: 

"Based on Antonia Fraser's book about the ill-fated Archduchess of Austria and later Queen of France, Marie Antoinette' tells the story of the most misunderstood and abused woman in history, from her birth in Imperial Austria to her later life in France."   


"Sofia Coppola refused to read the famous biography of Marie-Antoinette written by Stefan Zweig, which she judged too strict. She turned instead to the book by Antonia Fraser, which makes the queen a more human character, a young girl with no connection to reality who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time."   

You know, I'm not such a fan of the reign of terror and the mess that was, but if I am going to be having sympathy for people in 18th century France, Marie Antoinette wouldn't top my list.  The woman was a total moron, for one.  Though admittedly, the same could be said for her husband so they probably worked quite well as a couple.   

It's strange how some costume dramas don't bother me when they ignore reality, because the pretty costumes and settings are great, but others like this one seem calculated to make me see red.  I have no idea why that is, but I'm guessing that I find fictional aristocrats easier to like than the real ones, who frequently caused incalculable human misery as well as building nice things that later become museums.  Besides, why does Marie Antoinette have to be whitewashed?  Surely you could do an interesting film about her flaws as well as her excellent taste in frocks. 

ETA: Hey, I've just realised that this is probably one of those films that could be improved by explosives!  It all comes together somehow.


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