Frontier Former Editor

January 13, 2008

Another entry in the chronicle of “I really am getting old . . .”

Filed under: Afghanistan, ancient history, Charlie Wilson, Tom Hanks — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:40 am

Tonight I went to see “Charlie Wilson’s War.” As the sound system suddenly went haywire in the theater, I went out in the lobby to find a manager to put it right again.

No employees were to be seen, but two teenage girls were in the lobby. They said the staff all left. I thanked them and turned back to the theater, and one asked me if “Charlie Wilson . . .” was good. I said yes. She said, “I like Tom Hanks.”

I said, “Yeah, but it has some ancient history in it.”

I was about their age when Aeroflot brought its first ‘tourist’ charter into Kabul.


  1. so did you get the sound fixed?

    I can’t stand tom hanks but if you’re recommending it…..

    plus it’s got phillip seymour hoffman who can do no wrong

    Comment by nursemyra — January 13, 2008 @ 2:36 am

  2. So was it good?

    Were there knights in it?

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — January 13, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  3. It all worked well, except the sound, of course.

    Strange thing, the CIA professional (Hoffman) turned out to be the knight. Shame it didn’t get into the CIA leadership.

    But it did make an interesting point. Go see it.

    Oh, and good to see everyone again.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 13, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  4. And good to see you again! Especially as the elf thing has disappeared.

    I also can’t stand Tom Hanks (though he was okay in Big) but I’ll look out for this one in case it is showing here in English.

    Comment by azahar — January 13, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  5. Tom Hanks is one of those people whose sickly-sweet public persona revolts me, but who’s so good on-screen that I forget I hate him personally. Now, Julia Roberts hasn’t been really good in anything since Mystic Pizza. It would take some talking to get me to see her in something.

    But it’s a fabulous story, that’s for sure.

    Comment by raincoaster — January 13, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  6. Julia’s toothiness actually works well in this one.

    I still don’t forgive her for breaking Lyle Lovett’s heart. Every time I see her in a movie, I want to yell “BLUCHER!”

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 13, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  7. The staff all left? You should have gone into the projection booth, or whatever they use these days, and showed a few more first-run films!

    Comment by Miss Cellania — January 17, 2008 @ 12:31 am

  8. Some teenagers sssssuck.
    And they make shitty popcorn . . .

    Comment by ~m — January 19, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

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  10. “These things happen. They were glorious and they changed the world … and then we fucked up the end game”

    Just saw the film on dvd. Liked it very much.

    Comment by azahar — August 7, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

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