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I don’t really get to go see movies anymore, not since the kiddo. In the last 19 months, we’ve seen exactly 2 in the theater – fuckin’ V for Vendetta and fuckin’ Borat. Both profoundly disappointing – terrible enough to give up the game altogether. Just to recall the baroque calisthenics that we put ourselves through to see those floaters…

(What makes it so difficult is that movies show either at 7ish [before she goes to bed, and the babysitter arrives, if it’s Saturday] or 10ish [way too late for the babysitter]. So we, um, go to a bar and drink. Which is getting a wee bit old, I have to say. I think I speak for both of us…)

That said, we’re going to find a way to see Children of Men, though I’m worried that I’m going to be disappointed with that one as well. The front half of the trailer –

– looks quite brilliant. The second half, well, just doesn’t seem to live up to the oasis-cynicism of 28 Days Later. Do you know what I’m talking about? If not, please do rent the movie. Wonderful to make an apocalyptic horror movie (spoiler!) whose resolution suggests that the last thing we should want to do, when the genetic revision occurs and the neighbors have gone slaveringly vampiric, is to leap into the arms of our friendly local military men, in whose menage far worse nightmares ensue. Truly brave, or, at least, the genre let them sidestep the universal call for responsibility in filmmaking.

I’m hoping that it will be at least richly symptomatic. I mean what, after all, is the point of fantasizing predicting an end to human reproduction? And why are these things exclusively set in Britannia nowadays?

With hope, I’ll report back soon…

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January 10, 2007 at 2:07 am

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  1. George Romero has delivered the message that the government would not be our friends in a horror-movie-level crisis pretty consistently. Have you seen “The Crazies”? You might get bored — Romero’s low budget hurt it much more than “The Night of the Living Dead” or “Martin” — but conceptually everything’s in place, and conceptually it sticks with me.

    Ray Davis

    January 18, 2007 at 11:23 pm

  2. Looks good – will do!

    I think I’m actually going to see Children of Men saturday. Special arrangement with the babysitter… woo hoo.


    January 18, 2007 at 11:39 pm

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