Wednesday, January 17, 2007

An Emo Rises Out of the Ashes

It has been a while since I have written on my blog. I admit that this has detracted from my avid readers, no matter how few they are, but the year is young and it is full of possibilities. I am fairly certain, now that I am going to move into a duplex with someone that I worked on a reality tv show on. One thing that I have noticed is when you are living in someone else’s place there is the a looming cloud of restriction. You want to make sure that you stay away from what there routine is, trying not to piss them off or disturb their happy bubble. I am fairly certain that I am on the verge of doing just that, if not crossing over the line.

On a lighter note, I haven’t been watching movies like I did in college, but wish to start that trend up again. So hopefully after the move I will return to that and offer reviews of all of the movies that I see in the theaters. Here is a small offering for the film Children of Men. This is one of the best films that I have seen all year next to The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine. It is a dystopic film that is in the ranks of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece A Clockwork Orange, but this takes the opposite approach to the ending giving us a surprisingly optimistic view into the horizon. Alfonso Cuaron deftly maneuvers through the not-so distant future of London, which is one of the only cities that maintains society as we know it now. If you haven’t heard anything about the plot of the film, men have become infertile for reasons unknown. The world is in massive unrest, outbreaks of rebellions. The closest that I can compare it to is the war-driven streets of Iraq, but imagine that the rest of the world is afflicted with the rebellions. This film deals with the issues of immigration, infertility, and the lose of hope in a bleak situation.

On top of the already layered and deep film, there is the added visuals that are darkly beautiful, like I have already stated, almost stolen from a Kubrick film. You could go to this film just to see the technical wizardry. With two shots lasting up to 8 minutes without a noticeable cut in the motion, Cuaron shows of his ability to construct fluid and dramatic camera movement without having it be distracting.

Clive Owen, Michael Caine, and Julianne Moore lead this glimpse into the future. Caine plays Owen’s aged hippie friend that alleviates and occasionally brightens Owen’s haunted hero. I will stand by my statement that Children of Men is a hauting view of the Iraq, infertility, and immigration control. It is worthy of even a single view if not multiple. Until next time in place.


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