Film Fridays: Crap Begets Crap
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Film Fridays: Crap Begets Crap

249.jpgSo Hollywood is worried. We’re five weeks into the blockbuster season, and there’s been nary a decent showing at the box office. Poor Orlando Bloom? Nope, poor audiences. Poor audiences paying good money for bad movies. Besides, if the poor, beleagured public decides to spend their leisure money elsewhere, maybe the studios will stop foisting crap upon us. Sadly, they couldn’t work such a turn around in time for this weekend, where your BO offerings include both a crappy J Lo flick, and, for good measure, a crappy Will Ferrell flick.
As a result, we’re suggesting going back to the vault. The Open Vault program that is. The program strikes new prints of old classics, and as a result of these efforts, The Rowdyman, Gordan Pinsent’s 1972 piece about rogue life in 1970s St. Johns, is back in theatres. Best of all, it’s diva-free. And playing all week at the Carlton.
Have you been too cheerful lately? Are your mopey, forlorn chums annoyed by your aggressively perky demeanor? You’re in luck, because Todd Solondz has a movie out, Palindromes, which will knock the whimsy right out of you. If you’re still happy after that, go see Crash, a futile take on race relations. The editing is slick, and the lighting fabulous, but an ensemble movie where every character is an agent in the next character’s misery is enough to make one forget that there are still flowers and ice cream in the world.
And finally, In Good Company is out on DVD. Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and some thoughtful writing make for a nicely nuanced comedy. See studios, it’s not that hard.