The Rest of Everything

No, I'm cool, why do you ask?Metro still hasn’t put my “300” review online, which is just plain weird at this point, but you can always check yesterday’s post for a summary. Moving on, here are three of the week’s other openings.

The Aura“: The late Fabian Bielinsky’s tale of an epileptic taxidermist having what’s either the worst week of his life, or the best, is the kind of story that could be played as a black comedy, a neo-noir thriller or a surreal nightmare similar to “13 Tzameti”. Instead, it’s a unique and compelling drama. See it on the big screen.

The Namesake“: Mira Nair’s adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s sprawling generational novel about an Indian family in America tries to externalize a very specific internal journey, and ends up feeling static and impenetrable. And while Kal Penn is quite terrific as a young man struggling with his dual heritage, maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing to introduce him as a potheaded teenager.

Starter for 10“: In which the British film industry takes a break from remaking its own commercial successes and tries remaking America’s … twenty years too late. No offense to James McAvoy, who’s a very talented actor, but if I wanted to watch “Some Kind of Wonderful”, I’d watch “Some Kind of Wonderful”.

And in other news, the killer robots are already among us. Good news is, they still require remote hu-man pilots The bad news? They’ve given robots guns.

Discuss among yourselves. I have to go build a shelter.