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[In theaters, part the third]

Me being me, I spent my day off yesterday at the movies. I started with my second most anticipated film of the year, Children of Men, which was well worth the wait. I think everyone knows -- it's set in the near future, where all women are infertile, and it is just brilliant. I should probably read the book now, but the film was so well done and so real that I want to hang on to that for a while longer. It was very much a world I can see our world becoming, a future arrived at organically. Beautifully shot, with amazing visual detail and great use of the handheld typical of Cuarón, and one of those great scripts that -seems- effortless in how natural it is, but is actually carefully put together.

(Also, can I just say, Clive Owen is painfully attractive. Not news -- we've all known it since Croupier at the very least -- but still worth mentioning.)

Then, against my better judgment, I saw The Good German. Since I have gone, I can spare you all the experience. I know, I know, you'll think, "It has people I like! And it's shot in black and white -- that should be cool!" But you should not think these things. You should think about how, when he was asked on "The Daily Show", George Clooney couldn't come up with a reason why they had made the movie aside from the fact that they could. That's a red flag right there, folks.

At least I didn't pay for it.

(Oh my GOD. It was LUCA. From the BABY-SITTERS CLUB. No wonder he looked familiar. Aiiee.)

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shinyredtype
Dec. 27th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
I am so glad that Children of Men is amazing! Cos it looked SO good, and I was hoping that it would be so.
letterboxed
Dec. 27th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
It is fabulous! I am still not over how effortlessly beautiful it was ... effortless, of course, in appearance only, in reality it's a ton of work to make it that awesome.
hobbledehoy
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
THIRTEEN?!
letterboxed
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Speaking of films that are being made for no good reason.
hobbledehoy
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
(what?)
letterboxed
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
(Ocean's 13)
hobbledehoy
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
that is not at all what i was talking about, silly.

i was quoting luca.
letterboxed
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Si. But it was still appropriate for this entry, and the unholy union of Clooney & Soderbergh.
hobbledehoy
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
ok. i do not speak that language.
letterboxed
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Really, that is for the best :)
joshc
Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it either
It sounds like Children of Men was more "inspired by" the P.D. James story than a faithful retelling.
letterboxed
Jan. 2nd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I haven't read it either
Yeah, I got that after the fact. I'm still interested in reading it, though, as the only scifi/fantasy I really dig is dystopian/apocalyptic.

And, as a general rule, I prefer inspired adaptations over faithful. Different kind of storytelling, yada yada yada. Though this is a bit more extreme, taking the premise and running with it.
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