Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

We watched Mission: Impossible III last night and the last half or so of Robin Hood: Men in Tights with our friends. MI3 was ok, I guess. It had a lot of action and a pretty weak story, which is what I'd expect. Men in Tights is pretty funny, of course - but then, Mel Brooks' movies tend to be pretty funny. The most important part of last night was spending it with our friends, which we did :)

Later on this afternoon we watched Dixie Chicks: Shut up and Sing, which is about the controversy surrounding Natalie Maines' anti-Bush comments in 2003. The prof in one of the classes I was taking then was very caught up in the anti-war movement of the time - he's an American citizen - and I remember him telling us all that he had gone out and bought every Dixie Chicks album, and that we should too. He felt that their remarks were perfect and very apt. Anyways, the movie is pretty good. It does a good job of showing the solidarity the three women have (they stood together with Natalie through the controversy) as well as Natalie's outspokenness. It showed them in each of their roles - wife, mother, and band member - making them more real. Their kids are all very cute :)

The sisters in the band also used in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to have children. Apparently each time a woman tries IVF or donates eggs, she has to inject herself with a lot of hormones. These comparatively new technologies enable lots of women who otherwise couldn't to have children. However, I'll bet that they find the hormone-sensitive cancer rates are higher amongst women who've had these medical procedures. How sad would that be?

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