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Movies before Margaret comes

From Pathetic Life #1
Saturday - Sunday,
June 11 & 12, 1994

SATURDAY — There might be three or four movies in the world that are worth seven bucks — full price admission for an evening show. Me, I usually go to the discount matinee. You get the same movie at a lower price, and with a smaller crowd so there's less chance of obnoxious people talking during the show.

A double feature, of course, is two movies for the price of one, so if you catch a discount matinee that's also a double feature, it works out to just a couple of dollars per movie. That's within my budget.

Your average sequel is, of course, worth even less, and Faraway, So Close, the sequel to Wings of Desire, is worth nothing. It was double-billed with the original, and I love the original — a soft-spoken meditation on what it is to be human, with chuckles and insight and Peter Falk.

Well, everything Wings of Desire is, the sequel is not. The credits claim that this cold-hearted crap came from the same Wim Wenders who made the original movie, but if so, he must have been kidnapped and forced to make the sequel under duress. It's the worst sequel to a good movie since Beverly Hills Cop 2.

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SUNDAY — It was a swashbuckling Sunday at the U.C. Theater — Errol Flynn (everybody's favorite traitor) in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Sure, I've seen it before. So have you. I'll see it again. I'll see it any time it's playing anywhere.

If you've only seen the Kevin Costner version, trust me. Costner is OK, but you need some Errol Flynn.

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Margaret arrives tomorrow evening, so I spruced up the joint a little today. Wiped the roach corpses off the wall, swept up all the dust bunnies, and laundered the blanket.

I hope her visit goes well. I've mellowed over the past few years, and i hope she has, too. She's always been... intense.

This is an entry retyped from an on-paper zine I wrote many years ago, called Pathetic Life. The opinions stated were my opinions then, but might not be my opinions now. Also, I said and did some disgusting things, so parental guidance is advised.


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