Mid-August Movie Madness!

August 21, 2009

With some extra time on my hands, I’ve been watching more movies (not cinema) this week. Here’s some quick reviews if you are looking for some weekend watching:

  • The Children – S and I spent Tuesday night at this After Dark Film Festival showing at the Bloor Cinema. It’s a cautionary tale of the dangers of children. Apparently, contemporary super-flus can turn them into sociopathic killers. More mortifying than actually scary, it’s a good rental for couples that have not yet handed their lives over to the next generation.
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic – Oh, my God! Isla Fisher = hilarious! The rest of the movie – run like hell!
  • Kundun – this Scorcese film has been unjustly ignored. It might have something to do with the fact that the Chinese government hated it. While the acting and pace is a bit langorous, the cinematography and art direction is worth a look. Personally, I love the Philip Glass score.
  • Logan’s Run – Cheesy? Not at all! This study in Malthusian hedonism actually stands up as plausible. The auteur behind this piece had the foresight to predict GPS tracking and laser surgery, among other things. I love the “futuristic” 1970s architecture, too. The sets look like virtually any Canadian University that was built in the 1960s and 1970s (e.g. Carleton, Waterloo.)
  • Nights in Rodanthe –  Nicholas Sparks is tough enough to handle at the best of times. I think that I’ve got his “system” nailed after enduring a few of his opuses. Take an attractive mid-to-late life couple, have them solve their personal emotional problems through one hot weekend together and then kill one of them off in the final act. I don’t care if I’m spoiling, in this case. On the plus side, Diane Lane still looks gorgeous.

Some of these titles are on Rogers On Demand. For the hard-to-find items, S and I always head to Film Fest DVD Rentals on Duplex Avenue.

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