Saturday, May 23, 2009
NOW PLAYING: Big Screens
A few things that may have some Soul Food content...
FIERCE LIGHT: WHEN SPIRIT MEETS ACTION is at the Fifth Avenue, filmmaker Velcrow Ripper a one-time Vancouverite.
Atom Egoyan's ADORATION continues at the Granville 7.
Soul Food pal Luci has been at the movies lately, and recommends THE SOLOIST (Tinseltown, Esplanade, Fifth Avenue) and IS ANYBODY THERE? (Tinseltown). The latter makes me think of SUNSHINE CLEANING, which I liked (Granville 7). Saw the former Saturday evening: mostly avoided the "two men changing each other's lives forever" sentimentality I dreaded; good looking pic, doorways / archways, and note the cinematic hat tips to Robert Downey's other journo movie, ZODIAC (wonder how many tributes to newspaper people we'll see in the near future); nicely realized scripting about us well-intentioned "homed" people getting involved with street people and figuring we'll be their saviours - our inclination to play god; pity, though, they had to caricature the Christian character, the fault was in the performance/directing not the script, which had room for a more nuanced, complex reading; last word, I'll watch anything with Downey or Catherine Keener.
And if you want to get charged up, U23D continues three-dimensionally at the IMAX Theatre, Canada Place.