Friday, October 22, 2004

Adam Sandler sucks, except in....

Subject: Cinema
I'm a lifetime member of because I signed up just after they started. I've had a number of blind dates via that service, but nothing really went anywhere with them, contrary to their advertising and hype.

My most recent blind date involved going to the movies (actually, all my blind dates usually involve a movie, go figure). At the time, there weren't a lot of choices for a film snob like me to go see. Luckily at the local artsy cinema, there was one film called "Punch Drunk Love". So I convinced my blind date to meet me for this one.

I won't get into the various reasons why the date in and of itself didn't work (let's just say that my attempts like this rarely do). But regarding the movie, she wanted to see an Adam Sandler film. I wanted to see an "arty" film. It seemed like there was a chance that it would work out...

Well, for those of you who've actually seen "Punch Drunk Love"; if you're an Adam Sandler fan, you were probably greatly dissappointed. My date sure was.

I really despise Adam Sandler and the films he's in. But this one held a lot of promise. And sure enough, I thought it was awesome, despite the fact that it was Adam Sandler as the lead. I think he did an excellent job.

Everything else I've seen him in, I hate. I mean, really, viscerally, hate. It's always that stupid immature stuff I rail against. I really don't think he's funny.

My blind date at the time was really dissappointed in this film. I was very much surprised by it. I thought it was excellent. She didn't like it at all.

Needless to say, it didn't work out.

One of the first wave of DVDs I bought was "Punch Drunk Love". But I hadn't brought myself to the point of watching it until tonight. And boy, howdy, I love it! What an excellent film! It's a lot to say when I can identify myself with an Adam Sandler character. There's just so many levels going on that it's hard to describe, but I really get into it.

It's no real surprise that the date didn't go anywhere; it's a mega-quirky film. And it's no surprise that dates before this went nowhere. I always seem to insist on films that are a bit unusual or daring in their own right, and they never really fit in with the normal expectations of a normal night out (I took dates to see Akira, for goodness sake!!). As much as I'm aware of this, I don't really want to change.

After all, my taste in films is the one differentiator I have.

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