I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic films and “The Book of Eli” was a good one. Denzel Washington is a walker carrying a precious package and is on a mission. Gary Oldman is once again creepy as a slimy bad guy and Jennifer Beal and Mila Kunis are a beautiful mother-daughter team. “The Book of Eli” is kind of a cross between “Road Warrior” and “Fahrenheit 451.” True to form I didn’t know much about this film and with my typical low expectations I enjoyed it quite a lot. A great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. Directed by the Hughes Brothers. The future can be a pretty grim place sometimes.
I also saw “Avatar” (winner of the 2009 Global Globe for best Drama) the day after Christmas and unless you are Conservative Republican, run don’t walk to catch this visual delight in the movie theatre. We saw it in 2D and thoroughly enjoyed it. We discussed that in 3D it might be a bit overwhelming. I still hope to go back and see it in 3D. There was another movie nagging in the back of my mind while watching “Avatar” and Sigourney Weaver mentioned it on SNL, it was the animated 1992 environmental film “FernGully” which James Cameron must have seen. Still, it is like nothing you have ever seen, go see it and ignore the nay sayers.
Also on your menu you might enjoy “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. It is so fun to see actors enjoying themselves in this romantic comedy about relationships between the sexes. I laughed outloud and can recommend it from late teens to old folks, who aren’t too prudish.
Next on my want list is Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” but circumstances seem to be keeping me away and now unless another theater picks it up this week I may miss it until it comes out on DVD. It seems that with all the theatres now in Richmond that the newest Almadovar film could eek out a couple more week.
Although it won’t happen I think “Broken Embraces” would do boffo-boxoffice if it played the Byrd.