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The weekend in movies: dragons and hot tub time machines

" human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.

LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES: There's nothing serious about this weekend's top movie offerings unless you're really into dragon rights and defending the '80s. And you will NOT catch the Thin Slices crew defending the '80s. It was a baaaaaaad decade, a time of hair metal monstrosities like Kix, goofy hairdos and tripe-y Brat Pack movies. Yuck. But.... Well, this Hot Tub Time Machine flick looks kind of fun. And for the parents out there, the 3-D version of How to Train Your Dragon is getting rave reviews.If the 3-D is anything as good as Avatar then we're there. RL

A NOVEL IDEA: The World Wildlife Fund wants everyone to turn off their lights for an hour Saturday -- at 8:30 p.m. -- here to make a point about energy use and global warming. They call it Earth Hour. I wonder if we're supposed to turn off our TVs, too? I hope not. RL

THROW IT DOWN!: Just a week away from the movie release of Clash of the Titans, which has nothing to do with James Cameron or Glenn Beck, Cameron has challenged Beck to a debate. Which is kind of like titans clashing, but not really. Seems that Beck has criticized Cameron in the past and even said nasty things about Titanic being a bore (which, by the way, means that after the millions of things that Beck has said, there is finally something upon which we agree), and Cameron called Beck something very unflattering. Something tells us this debate sounds better in concept than it would actually be in reality. RL

FINALLY, WE KNOW: Anytime you see Brad Pitt and that weird beard it begs the question: Why, why, why? Finally there's an answer: he's bored. RL

THE ILLUSTRATED WOMAN: While the whole Sandra Bullock/Jesse James saga is the usual, yawn, hohum Hollywood somebody done somebody wrong song, the semi-interesting part is that James' alleged affairee is a tattoo model who's had some serious work done, has tattoos on her face, and does stuff like pose wearing swastikas. Of all the people your husband can cheat on you with, she's on the extreme end of freaky. Tiger Woods must be jealous. RL

Rod Lockwood


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