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A Worlde Gonne Madde
I'm rereading Pratchett's excellent Moving Pictures in which the Discworld discovers movies. Sly entrepreneurs and alchemists flock to Holy Wood in order to make moving pictures and a bit of cash. One of these is our dear old friend C.M.O.T. Dibbler, who quickly takes over and makes movies "against the backdrop of a Worlde Gonne Madde".

As anyone who has read Pratchett knows his subject material isn't that far removed from the real world. Case in point: the new Star Wars. We saw it this weekend and the only thing I can say about it is that I disagree with just about all the reviews I've read so far. It's a highly disappointing story with just about the worst acting I've ever seen. The actors look like they're just reading their lines off the auto-queue because they couldn't be bothered to learn them. In consequence the acting is so devoid of passion it was impossible for us to get in to the storyline.

Sure, the special effects are terrific as always, but the overall experience left me with a bitter taste. Watch this one on TV, is my advice. (Although anyone who grew up with Star Wars will go anyway. Just don't blame me if you don't like it.)

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