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Sleepy Hollow

06 Apr 2002

I had a friend in grade 7 who, after we read some watery verson of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", would chant, "Ichabod, Ichabod. Yeah, yeah," by sucking air in an other-worldly croaking. Even after asking him, I was never sure why he did that, other than it sounded kind of cool.

I want very much for a beautiful woman
to hand me a cold glass of beer.

Flash forward many years. I'm in a movie theatre that was built about the time I was in grade 7, and I'm sitting with a different friend, watching Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow." How shall I describe it? "Fine family entertainment," suggests my friend.

Sure. That's as good as anything. On that cold January night, in an almost empty theatre, after a decent meal and with a package of red Twizzlers, yes, it was fine family entertainment.

I'd be remiss in not mentioning the fabulous spread of supporting cast members: Michael Gambon ("The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" -- favoured film of CBC Vox Magnificat Lister Sinclair), Miranda Richardson ("Damage"), and Jeffrey Jones ("Amadeus," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and "Howard The Duck").

Related Sites

Official Web Site
Sleepy Hollow on IMDB
Computer Film Company