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Two Great Movies: Monster and Some Kind of Monster

03/07/2008 02:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HEY GANG! LET'S HAVE A "MOVIE MINUTE."

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Man, I loved "Monster." Charlize Theron's Oscar(TM)-winning portrait of a woman whose moral center had been abraded by years of desperate, bitter conflict was positively chilling. Remember her last line? The sarcasm was toxic:

"'Love conquers all.' 'Every cloud has a silver lining.' 'Faith can move mountains.' 'Love will always find a way.' 'Everything happens for a reason.' 'Where there's life, there's hope.' Well. . . they gotta tell you something."

Ouch! How'd you like to have that charmer in your life?

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I also dug "Some Kind of Monster," which examined a group of dysfunctional has-beens whose endlessly rehashed psychodramas prevented them from doing anything productive. They had turned themselves into such an institution-- such an industry-- nobody had the courage to tell them:

A.) They had sold out and become uninspiring parodies of themselves, and
B.) They hadn't written a decent song since. . . oh, maybe. . . the 1990s?

Don't know what made me think of those two movies today. I guess I'm bored?