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My Life in the Sunshine
An Autohagiography
June 30th, 2008 
Cinema Paradiso I actually had rented the video shortly after it came out, but swaz said he hadn't seen it. I remembered it being kind of sweet. Apparently netflix gave us the director's cut and didn't tell us - the envelope had the original theatrical release running time.

I'm ready to cut the director. The original theatrical release left the main plot complication as an accident of fate. The director's cut was nearly an hour longer when it could have used a little trimming in the first place, and explained what happened in excruciating detail, in a manner that wasn't consistent for the characters, and yet still managed to gloss over and "tell instead of show" all the motivations. What I remembered as a cute little slice-of-life movie turned out to be a drawn-out, melodramatic, craptastic mess.

Moral of the story: EDITING IS GOOD.
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