“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”
November 5th is this Saturday, and what better movie to watch than V for Vendetta!
In a post-war London, a fascist government rules, hiding truths in order to control and oppress its people. The population is lied to and abused, promised security, but no freedom. That is, until V. Disguised in a mask of Guy Fawkes, a man who attempted to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605, V is a vigilante. He uses unconventional and terrorist-like tactics to fight and rebel against this government. He works quietly, he works quickly, and he works alone–until he saves the life of a young woman named Evey, who becomes his ally in this fight.
I was pleased recently, to catch Born to be Blue, the new Chet Baker bio-pic for a couple reasons: [A] I’ve since reconciled my admiration for the cinema of Ethan Hawke and, [B] I’m a big Chet Baker fan.
So first things first, let’s deal with the movie. This might be the perfect time for Hawke to step into a Chet Baker role. Perfect because Hawke’s (now) craggy and weathered look embodies nicely the lived-in-hard features that so defined Baker in his later years. Back in the day, the younger Hawke was certainly fresh and good looking enough to portray the prettier, more iconic Baker of the 1950s. Sure, one might argue that a depiction of Baker’s artistic and personal peaks – when he made the recordings he is most famous for today – would be the ideal period to present. It was only a few short years and Baker was surrounded by giants of jazz. But Born to be Blue chooses instead to give us the older, gaunt, damaged Baker whose fame had by then receded.
SCENE: It’s a rainy Saturday morning and you have the day off of work. Last night you finished the book you were reading, and are looking for something to do. You could do the laundry, or the dusting, or the cooking, or…NOT! How about a movie instead!? We all need a break from our responsibilities every now and again, and on a gloomy Saturday, sometimes the last thing you want to do is clean all day. Sometimes, you want to make yourself a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch, and watch a good movie. But what do you watch? Well, if you don’t mind movies of any genre, or for any age, then here are some of my favourites for you to try out:
- The Lion King (Animated Musical Drama): The only title I will actually comment on, as it is, in my opinion, the best movie ever made. As a child, I never really understood the underlying themes and messages of the film, but enjoyed watching Simba grow, overcome his obstacles, and reclaim his place as King. As an adult, I can appreciate that this movie is so much more than that. It is meaningful, uplifting, and real. It pulls at the heart strings, teaches you about love and loss, and gives you a new perspective on life. Watch it!
- Requiem for a Dream (Drama)
- The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Spaghetti Western)
- Finding Nemo (Animated Comedy)
- Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (Black Comedy)
- Donnie Darko (Psychological Thriller)
- Wedding Crashers (Comedy)
- Pan’s Labyrinth (Fantasy Drama)
- Inception (Sci Fi)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (Rom-Com)