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Late posting of last week’s movies: ‘Premonition,’ ‘Dead Silence,’ ‘I Think I Love My Wife’

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Your reviews of last Friday’s new releases are finally up: “Premonition,” “Dead Silence,” and “I Think I Love My Wife.” Surprisingly, “Dead Silence” is the best of them. It wasn’t screened for critics, and certainly many of the late reviews have not been kind. But I think if you take it for what it is — an old-fashioned goofy ghost story — you’ll find it more than a little creepy and a fair amount of fun to watch.

“Dead Silence” and “Premonition” are both thrillers of sorts, and I compare them both to “The Twilight Zone” in my reviews — favorably in one case, unfavorably in the other. “Dead Silence” uses a specific “Twilight Zone” device (remember the episode called “The Dummy”? CREEPY!) and expands on it. “Premonition,” meanwhile, uses a “TZ”-style plot and simply drags it out for 90 minutes.

(Both films also feature actress Amber Valletta in supporting roles. Weird coincidence for Ms. Valletta!)

I saw all three films in a mini-marathon on Monday at the Edwards Greenway 24 in Houston. I was in town visiting friends for a few days after SXSW, and I had figured I wouldn’t see the movies until I got back to Portland, but then my host had to work for several hours on Monday and I had to kill time anyway. And what better way to occupy oneself for seven hours than by paying for one movie and watching three?

‘Snide Remarks’ Classic: ‘Resistance Is Futile’

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
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It’s still 2007, which means it’s still the 10th anniversary of “Snide Remarks,” which means we’re still celebrating by featuring forgotten gems from the dusty archives every Wednesday.

This week’s “Snide Remarks” Classic is #101, “Resistance Is Futile,” published in the Daily Herald on March 31, 2000. It deals with people who resist new technology just because it’s new; specifically, it mocks those people.

In other news, I’m home from my travels and will have more updates forthwith.

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