Dave Duncan

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Six Months and a Movie Review

This is a week of milestones for me and Danielle.  Yesterday was the six-month anniversary of our wedding, but we didn’t go crazy and celebrate.  We’re going to save that up for our one year anniversary in October.  Thursday will mark the one year anniversary of the day I got down on one knee in High Park and asked her to be my bride.  All of these anniversaries prove that time is flying because it feels like it was just yesterday that we were married, and it doesn’t feel much longer since we were immersed in wedding plans.

After six months, I’ve learned that I’m not the easiest person to live with and that Danielle is far more patient than she gives herself credit for.  I’ve also learned that when everyone talks about how great marriage is, they aren’t just saying that to keep from getting beaten when they get home.  Marriage really is awesome, but only if you marry the right person.  I know I did.

On Friday night, after some serious napping at home, we wandered off to a birthday party for a friend of Danielle’s.  I spent most of the night brushing up on my French listening skills (and speaking a little bit too) and after meeting some really cool people, I think I may find myself attending a local French language and culture group.  At the very least, I’ll meet some more cool people and at the most, I’ll learn to speak French so well, I can convince people that I’m actually Quebecois.  I’m not holding my breath.

On Saturday night, we caught a really late movie and saw Stop-Loss, starring Ryan Phillipe.  The movie focuses on the provision in every US soldier’s military contract that allows the government to extend their service beyond what they signed up for.  It’s a sort of back-door draft, and although it’s a crappy thing to do to a (paid) volunteer, the US has had to step it up due to increasing casualties and declining recruitment in their push to ‘free’ Iraq.

The movie is far from anti-military or anti-‘war in iraq’ and paints the soldiers on the ground in a very human way, but the image of the military machine and the government that controls it is a very dark one.

The story is complex and very emotional, and the film boasts a fantastic cast.  There are some amazing action sequences in the first half, and given how schmaltzy and melodramatic it can get in parts I was surprised that I liked it so much.  I would recommend seeing “Stop-Loss”, and I would certainly recommend seeing it at the Sheppard Grande at Yonge and Sheppard.  It has large, lush seats and was nearly empty when we were there.  The concessions were surprisingly reasonably priced, and unlike the Scotiabank Theatre downtown, when a late movie lets out, you aren’t immediately in the middle of the police state that is ClubLand.

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