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Go see Children of Men. Excellent, intense tale of a horrific, yet unsettlingly familiar future, in which mankind may have very well killed itself. Trailer here. Imagine Blade Runner meets the present, or V for Vendetta if it was a realistic drama instead of an action movie. And although it doesn’t look it, I think it’s clearly the anti-anti-immigration movie of the year.
I also hear amazing things about Pan’s Labyrinth, which combines Franco’s fascist Spain with a dark Alice in Wonderland-style fantasy. I think I’m seeing that one soon, I’ll let ya know how it is.
Pan’s Labyrinth was excellent. Not as good as Children of Men, but they were very different styles of film. PL had its own intensity, brutality and politics, and managed to bring the wonder that comes with most fantasy films with the darkness that comes with the original versions of our common fairy tales. Almost a bizarre cross of Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, and Hellraiser, if you can believe that.
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