Between Turning it Off and On Again

In a simpler time, before Windows Vista Home AnythingI’ve spent most of this week working on my computer. Or rather, I made a small tweak to one element of my computer on Tuesday, and one thing led to another, and the next thing I know I’m rebooting for three hours straight and opening up the CPU to check a SATA connection and Thursday evaporated in a puff of smoke.

Anyhow, the end result is that I have a lot of catching up to do today, meaning our regular Friday movie roundup will be slightly abbreviated. But not too much, I guess, since there are plenty of openings.

“The Baby Formula”: A mockumentary about duelling lesbian pregnancies. Susan kinda hated it at Inside Out, and hasn’t warmed to it much since then.

“Food, Inc.”: An actual documentary about the state of American (and, by extension, North American) food production and preparation, built around the work of crusading journalist and “Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser. See it, and you will probably crap yourself — either in terror, or due to E. Coli contamination on the hot dog you bought at the concession stand. Susan explains.

“The Green Chain”: A mockumentary about environmentalists. Neither Susan nor Adam has much patience for it, though the presence of Tricia “Six” Helfer means it’ll have a long, long life on the DVD shelves.

The Proposal“: In which Sandra Bullock plays an ill-mannered, intimidating Canadian book editor who blackmails her American assistant into marrying her so she can stay in New York and … wait, what? A Canadian? Ill-mannered? Seriously, we can only suspend so much disbelief before we pull something.

Summer Hours“: Olivier Assayas’ melancholy family study — starring Charles Berling, Juliette Binoche and Jeremie Renier as globally dispersed siblings trying to divide their late mother’s estate — captures something really powerful about the meaning of objects. It’s one of last year’s best films; don’t wait for the DVD release, see it with people.

“Victoria Day”: The directorial debut of Toronto author David Bezmozgis reflects on Toronto teenage life in 1988; Susan and Jason admire it enough that I’m intrigued to see it — especially since it’s set at Newtonbrook Secondary School, just one year after I graduated from that particular institution. I bet that entranceway mural is as horrible as I remember.

“Wind Man”: The year’s second Kazakh feature is an absurdist drama about isolated villagers dealing with the arrival of an elderly, winged man in the town square. “Nice, but it’s no ‘Tulpan’,” say Rad and Adam.

Year One“: Jack Black and Michael Cera blunder through a series of Biblical misadventures (Cain and Abel! Sodom and Gomorrah!) for our mild amusement in Harold Ramis’ very silly comedy. Remember “Wholly Moses!”? It’s like that, except there are actual jokes, and you won’t hate yourself afterward. My review should be up on the NOW site later this morning. UPDATE: There it is!

That’s going to have to be it for today. Time to update my graphics drivers … say a prayer for me, would you?

2 thoughts on “Between Turning it Off and On Again”

  1. A movie about Newtonbrook in 1988?! That’s MY graduating year.

    Shame it’s not playing outside Toronto (e.g. London) as far as I can tell.

  2. Yeah, it’s getting a pretty modest release … but it’ll probably at the rep cinema by the time school starts back up in September.

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