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Away From Home

Saturday, June 18, 2005


I went out to Arundel Mills Mall today. It's simply huge. For example, a 24-screen theater would completely dominate the map of a normal mall. It did no such thing here. The place has a Bass Pro Shop the size of a Sears!

Anyway, I saw the movie "Crash," featuring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon. I hadn't actually heard of it before, but it was fantastic. It's a drama about racism and stereotypes, and features characters that are normal enough to believe. Parts of it are somewhat offensive, since every character says what they're thinking, particularly the stereotypical things. For example, when a Latino locksmith changes the locks on Sandra Bullock's house, she believes that he's going to keep a copy of the key and give it to his "gang homies" so that they can rob her. It turns out that he's a good family man, with a 5-year-old daughter that he adores.

It's an exceedingly powerful and superbly acted film. Ten out of ten stars.


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