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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Saw Braveheart for the first time last night. (Does it show in my "Death to 'Saruman'" post earlier today?) It's great. Not as great as The Passion, but....

I watched it with my 13-year-old son, who had seen it before. I noticed some of what certain Passion commentators call "Gibsonisms". In fact Caccia di Gregorio and I (he's seen The Passion too) couldn't help smiling, quite inappropriately, at the execution scene, when the ghost of Murron glides among the spectators, just like....

Anyway: very moving, very inspiring, very patriarchal, very reactionary, very great. We need a lot more movies like that.