June 14th, 2005

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*And* the mouse on my home machine is acting up again, and cleaning it out didn't seem to help. Grr.

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Feh. Anyways. As we had a surprise afternoon off, RQ and I caught Howl's Moving Castle. As with all the Miyazaki works, it's visually beautiful. (Also, like his other works, it's got a freakin' hippie message in it, but hey.) It was good, a little rambling, and the plot was, well, I'll go with contrived, but forgivable for a kids movie. Also, IMHO, Billy Crystal was too recognizable for a main character voice. But no, I did enjoy it.

I think I liked Spirited Away better, but I also haven't seen Porco Rosso. Also, Miyazaki really has a thing for hideous, oversized old women. Seriously, it's a little weird.

Only new trailer was for Herbie, this one with more Michael Keaton. Uh, OK. Muvico seems to now only be showing two trailers in front of movies, and let me tell you, I have my letter of complaint half-written already.
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"Are these people mentally ill? In a report released last week, researchers estimated that more than half of Americans would develop mental disorders in their lives, raising questions about where mental health ends and illness begins."
-NYTimes.com

NYTimes report: Interrogating Ourselves.

Dan Froomkin takes us inside the West Wing (plus bonus graphic.)

The irony of Cheney handing out a journalism award.

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Questioning Hollywood's math over G-rated movies.

Great read: Fametracker.com takes on the Tom Cruise coverage.