Sunday, July 28, 2002

I just got done watching Rain Man with my wife, what a powerful but unsatisfying movie (the ending seems incomplete, seemingly deliberately). I'd never seen it before. One of the all-time great acting performances from Dustin Hoffman as the autistic and alien but unthreatening Ray, and Tom Cruise stretches to portray a glimmer of change in the snotty Charlie--it's convincing (but only because we want Tom to settle down and stop whining?) The scene with the pancakes at the end is classic; the scene in the doctor's office helps re-write the definition of what human love can be. I picked a good one to help melt away the countdown to 8 a.m.

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