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Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALL I WANT, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM,

ALL I WANT (reviewed by Elizabeth Skipper):

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (reviewed by Mike Pinsky):

FARGO: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Michael Rankins):

THE HAUNTING (reviewed by Mike Pinsky):

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(reviewed by Michael Rankins):
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"Now I know you've had some problems, struggling with the narcotics,
some other entanglements, currently on parole..."-- Marge.

Outstanding review of _Fargo_! By the way, are there English subtitles
on the new _Fargo_? I had to get the names from the French and Spanish
subtitles on the first MGM DVD.

At last, I have heard a logical explanation for the existence of the
Mike Yanagita character. I had always thought that Mike Yanagita was a
total waste of time and film stock. This excess footage begins at 48
minutes, 38 seconds into the movie at the start of chapter 9, "The
Wakeup Call." The phone rings and it's a call from someone named Mike
Yanagita. He and Marge Gunderson talk about nothing important, although
we do find out that Marg's maiden name was Margie Olmstead and that she
and Mike went to high school together. Nothing to advance the plot here.
(Total time: 1 minute, 9 seconds.)

Mike then turns up again 1 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds into the movie at
Chapter 11, "Obsession." It is in this scene that Marge meets him at the
Radisson during her fact finding tour in Minneapolis. Here we find out
that Mike is living in Edina now (actually Eden Prairie) and that Mike
has always had a crush on Marge and that her husband's nickname was Norm
Son-of-a-Gunderson. Mike says that all is well with him and he has an
engineering job with Honeywell. He also mentions that his wife, Linda
Cooksey, who also went to school with him and Marge, died of leukemia.
Mike then proclaims his love for Marge before he breaks down and cries.
Marge comforts him, but all the while she has said nothing about the
murder case that she is working on. Again, interesting character
development, but there is nothing to advance the plot in this scene.
(Total time: 4 minutes.)

Mike Yanagita is mentioned again, for the last time, when Marge is on
the phone discussing her meeting with Mike with her friend Valerie at 1
hour, 18 minutes, 5 seconds, at the start of chapter 14, "The Tan
Sierra." Valerie reveals that Mike was never married to Linda Cooksey
and that he had actually been stalking her. In fact, he was currently
experiencing psychiatric problems and was actually unemployed and living
with his parents. While it contains interesting gossip, this scene is
only necessary to tie up the first two "Mike" scenes and it too does
absolutely nothing to advance the plot. (Total time: 55 seconds.)

These three scenes featuring Mike Yanagita are totally self-contained
and could easily be deleted without affecting the music or any other
aspect of the film. Without these scenes, there would be no mention
whatever of Mike Yanagita. It was a mystery to me why they were ever
included to begin with. A total of 6 minutes and 4 seconds could be
eliminated so that the movie would run only 91 minutes instead of its
current 97 minutes. That would be reduction of over 6% from the original
running time of Fargo.

But, as the DVD Verdict review says:

"The lies Mike tells Marge about his career and marriage remind her that
people unable to handle reality will try to alter it to suit
themselves-exactly what Jerry is doing. The clarity of this insight
spurs the rest of Marge's investigation which, having started slowly,
accelerates from this point through the remainder of the film."

Finally, an answer to the Mike Yanagita mystery.

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