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January 22nd, 2005
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Date:January 22nd, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
I thought Jim Carrey as Count Olaf did a great job, as well. Actually, he struck me as remarkably like Christopher Lloyd in that role.

I checked IMDB, and the only role I recognized was Doc in Back to the Future. Is that to what you were referring? I can see a few similarities, though the opposite polarity (good vs. evil) stands out to me…

I agree about the selfishness/egoism, but I'm so used to that terminology that it didn't bother me here. Despite agreeing with Rand about the issue overall, I have long since relinquished the word "selfish" to let it mean something like "disregard for others to the extent of the long-term detriment of one's own self-interest," so that I can use the word in a way that agrees with standard English usage.

I wish it didn't bother me, but I just can't seem to reprogram myself that way. At least “egoist” is enough of a technical term that the selfish = bad meme hasn't infected it quite as much.

But as for references in kids' movies that only adults get, I think it's common practice by now to layer that on top of kids' material so that the adults watching with the kids won't get too bored. It also makes the movies more fun for adults to make, I imagine.

I know, it just seemed like the ratio was a little off, especially with all the stepping into and out of the plot. Then again, as a kid I think I understood that kind of thing fairly well (in, e.g., The Neverending Story), so maybe it's wrong of me to think that other kids don't. (Also, I'm not sure there were any kids at the showing I went to—then again, it was at 21:10, perhaps a bit late for children.)

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