Diversions


Screen Time for July 3 by uncdiversions
July 3, 2009, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

As we’ve already focused on the movies that opened Wednesday for this week, and there isn’t much else happening, let’s skip ahead and look at the cream of the crop for next week. Movie-goers are in luck for the upcoming week. We have two totally different films coming to town Friday that seem worth checking out, in two totally different kinds of venues.

Moon” (The Chelsea):

-There’s been a dearth of good, thoughtful, mellow sci-fi movies for a few years running, trumped as they are by the fast-paced shit shows like “Star Trek” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Who-the-hell-cares.” “Moon” will be nothing if not an antidote to that.

-This is another way of saying that “Moon” appears to be a revamped version of Kubrick’s “ 2001: A Space Odyssey.” If this is true, it might be not only one of the best sci-fi movies ever made, but one of the best movies ever made, because that’s what “2001” was. But sci-fi movies don’t age well, so a little rekindling the fire is perfectly acceptable. -Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie (yes, you read that right) is directing this as his debut film, so it will at least have a fresh style, with star Sam Rockwell performing what amounts to a mostly one man act. -The HAL Supercomputer from “2001” has been replaced by a text face application. That makes me : )

Bruno” (Wide Release):

-Germans are rarely ever treated in popular Anglo-American films without being bad guys, but bad publicity is better than no publicity. Austrians don’t get any attention at all. Now Sacha Baron Cohen comes along as a gay Austrian fashion-writer to destroy another national image. I’m sure Austria is thrilled.

-All the American prejudice that was satirized in “Borat” will surely be back again, and this time directed at one of the few groups of people that it’s legal to discriminate against. Cohen will do what he does best: walk the fine line between satirical activist and humorous bigot.

-The high-jinx that Cohen got up to filming this one have been hilariously disastrous. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0708081bruno1.html). From the previews, the movie looks like it might live up to it.

– By Diversions Staff Writer Jonathan Pattishall

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