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Bits and pieces: "Eye of the Dolphin" and YouTube mania

Posted at 5:13 PM on October 22, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Eye of the Dolphin In the rush to get out of town last weekend I forgot to mention "Eye of the Dolphin" which is being shown at three different theaters in the Twin Cities (in Andover, North branch, and at St Anthony Main) at the moment. It's a serviceable, if predictable tale about a bad girl (Carly Schroeder of "Gracie") who learns the father she thought was dead is not only alive, but a dolphin researcher in the Bahamas. (OK maybe it's not entirely predictable, but once you get the Bahamas part down it's pretty plain sailing.)

What I particularly like in this film is the out-takes at the end of the film which deals with an issue about which I have often wondered. Early in the film Schroeder's character Alyssa is shown smoking and drinking. The out-takes show how much of a problem she had trying to gulp down the smoke convincingly, each time ending with a protracted sneezing fit. The teachable moment in that is worth the price of admission alone. Another out-take explains the 'vodka' she's swigging is water.

YouTube mania I'm sorry, but I can't resist. I stumbled across these over the weekend and have to share. This one from Bangkok is just a mindbender.

And then there is this extract from "Flight of the Conchords" (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) which is simply brilliant, particularly if you have ever struggled with French.

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