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New Year's Day Movies

X-Files: I Want to Believe: I wanted to like this movie. Admittedly, I was never a fan of the series (I do love Fringe oddly enough...) and still have not seen the first movie. This didn't suck but but it was underwhelming.

Billy Connolly was great as the psychic priest. (I won't go into how priests are always either psychics or pedophiles and he was both here...) Amanda Peet was great and still think Studio 60 was a great show but I digress...Xzibit was not convincing as an FBI agent. He had the stereotypical ass part down but...

Though they really didn't go far enough relationship-wise, the best scenes were between Mulder and Scully when she'd try to get Mulder listen to reason and accept the fact his sister was dead.

Cannery Row: This movie was great if a bit long. It's story actually comes from the Steinbeck novel and a short story known as "Sweet Thursday." I haven't read either but the main story may actually come from the latter than the former...Nick Nolte plays a former baseball player turned marine biologist and Debra Winger plays a woman who moves into town trying her hand at being a hooker. One question: Why does every Steinbeck story, with the possible exception of Grapes of Wrath, have a lovable but mentally challenged character?


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