Friday, June 17, 2005

Hanging With Mr. Monaco

Last night, I got out of work and hung out with Chris Monaco. He needs a distraction…his girlfriend and him broke up this past Sunday. We make a night of it: dinner and a movie. Dinner was at Casa Mono, a Spanish tapas joint. We had wine and talked. It’s wonderful being around Chris. He’s like a kid in a candy store talking about food. It’s truly what he wants to do with the rest of his life. It’s refreshing to be around such unbridled enthusiasm.
Afterwards, we go to Batman Begins. But our bottle of wine put us behind the eight ball on time and we end up getting second row seats, which means we have to strain our necks the whole time we’re watching the film. Everyone’s chin looked fucking huge. But once I adjusted, I recognized that this is by far my favorite Batman film. Some people are claiming this is a prequel to the already made Batman films, but I think we should think of them as separate series. Christian Bale is a wonderful Batman and Christopher Nolan made some sharp and distinct choices with a smart script. More movies of this caliber should be so lucky.

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