Staring Down the Darkness

Some days you raid the tombs, some days the tombs raid youI can’t tell whether it’s savvy marketing or just a really self-defeating idea to release a movie called “The Eclipse” on DVD one day before the similarly-titled “Twilight” sequel opens — I’m concerned that Conor McPherson’s elegant, unnerving fusion of muted character drama and psychological horror will be shunned by potential viewers who think it’s one of those soundalike quickies cranked out by The Asylum.

It’s not, though. It’s something else, something new and daring and entirely creepy, and I’m very happy to be able to give it some love in this week’s MSN DVD column. You should check it out.

In other news, sanity appears to be making a comeback in Toronto. More than a thousand people assembled downtown to protest Sunday’s abuses of police authority, and this time — thankfully — the peaceful demonstration went along without anyone being unlawfully detained. That’s the city I recognize: Respectful and non-violent, if maybe a little too fond of rhyming chants.

We’re ready for a new mayor, though. This one’s done.