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January 14, 2007

Theat0r

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.

[update]

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.

Posted by Jake on January 14, 2007 12:04 am

2 Comments »

  1. I agree with the recomendation to see Children Of Men, it’s a great film. Sadly, it looks like a pretty good guess of what the future will be like (well, maybe not the pregnancy part, but the rest of the film).

    I’m kinda surprised it’s only just coming out now it the States though - it was released here in Britain months ago.

    Comment by pointfour — January 14, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  2. Seconded on Children of Man. It’s a nasty mix of anti-immigration policy, war imagery, and vague uncertainties about the environment.

    Read the various interviews with Cuaron, they’re very enlightening.

    Comment by Trevor Bradley — January 15, 2007 @ 11:12 am

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