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The Omen
J.G. and I went to see this on opening night with all the other obnoxious kids that thought it would be cool to see it on 6/6/06. In fact, that seems to be the only day people saw it, considering it the broke box office record for a Tuesday opening but came in 4th for the following weekend. There were these teenagers in the row in front of us that were so freaked out by the movie, the whole time I kept whispering to J.G. that I wanted to sneak up behind them, lean over them and yell BOO, I swear if I did they would've run right out of the theater. The movie itself was alright, pretty good actually. I'd never seen the original, but J.G. had and said it was pretty faithful, and to me it even retained the vibe of 70's horror movies like The Shining and The Exorcist, which I love, all those long quiet scenes full of suspense. The spooky vibe was helped by all the creepy-looking old people they cast, too. Especially Mia Farrow. Kobayashi was awesome too. When he was trying to tell the main character that his son was Satan, I kept waiting for him to say Damien was really Keyser Soze. I don't know if Damien was cast well, though, there are a lot of little children that can look both convincingly innocent while also sometimes otherworldly and evil, but he wasn't one of them. Most of the time when he was onscreen, the audience was kind of laughing at him. Julia Stiles didn't annoy me as much as she usually does, but I'd never seen Liev Schreiber in anything before, and for the whole first half of the movie I couldn't stop staring at his weirdly shaped nose.

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Don't forget Kobayashi was in Lost World.

"All I want in return for my services is the right to hunt one of the tyrannosaurs. A male, a buck only. How and when is my business."

underused actor for sure.
 
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