Of Movies (Real and Simulated)

I’ve spent the better part of my spare time during the last ten days playing The Movies. This game is unbelievably addictive. The idea is to start a studio in the 1920s and build it up over 70-80 years into a mega-million dollar cinematic empire. To get there, you have to build sets, hire directors and crew members, maintain a pristene studio lot, and – most of all – keep your stars happy. And what a chore that is. Your stars are constantly in need of pay raises, better trailers, larger entourages, quality scripts, good public relations, and cosmetic surgery a-plenty. Let things slip – or let them get too stressed – and they’re liable to drink (or eat) their way into an addiction.

Its exhausting, yet I’m hooked on two things: (1) the little cash register sound that the game makes when my films start bringing in big bucks and (2) the bubble-up/glugging sound that is made when my stars’ ratings start rising.

You can even make your own custom-designed movies using the surprisingly flexible flimmaking tools that come with the game.

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And speaking of movies, has Disney hit the motherlode with Narnia or what? Word is that, after Kong’s brief stint at the top, the movie based on C.S. Lewis’ novel has returned to the #1 position in the box office. Its got it all – Tolkein style fantasy, a huge Christian audience, kid-friendliness, and – of course – a great, great story and script.

Do I really have to wait two years for Prince Caspian?

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There have been a few years where I felt like, even though they were in the playoffs, the Cowboys didn’t deserve to be there. This year, at 10-6, I have the opposite feeling. They were one of the top teams in the NFC this year. In spite of their lackluster performance last night – which I think was a direct result of the news, which arrived just before kickoff, that they were “out” – they deserved a chance to play in the post-season.

I’m a little depressed that they missed their chance.

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