Thursday, February 08, 2007

Little Children

There are certain movie days when I really miss having Dallas around. Nick had class until 7 last night, making it impossible for him to make it Salt Lake for our Wednesday movie on time, so I decided to go catch Little Children on my own. It was playing at the Tower, which is a tiny little old run down theatre in Salt Lake that plays exclusively arty movies you won't find anywhere else. Dallas and I used to go there all the time, but since he moved away, I haven't been back. It was a little weird to go by myself. It's probably a safe neighborhood, but in the dark, I was wishing I had a guy with me.

Little Children was a good movie. It plays a little like a documentary, with the omniscient narrator explaining things to us as if the people we are watching are too tricky to understand. It's a interesting choice, therefore, that a character in the movie is a maker of documentaries. I didn't hate the narrator, surprisingly. In fact, I liked the choice, once I adjusted to it. The camera angles were equally jarring at first, but as I adjusted to them, I really liked them. The subject matter would have probably gotten under my skin pretty badly a couple of years ago, but for some reason, it didn't. Maybe it was because, in the end, I really liked the message the movie carried. Everyone makes bad choices, but our future is a clean slate.


Of the 5 movies I wanted to see before the Oscars, I've now gotten to 3 of them. I may have changed my list a little since the last time. I don't think I can stomach Blood Diamond at the moment. I may have had my fill of the blood and gore for a while. It's just been too much. I would still like to see Letters From Iwo Jima (but it will not be coming to Utah) and possibly Venus and Volver. We'll see if any of those happen.

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