THE ROBBER (TIFF Lightbox) – There isn’t a lot of dialogue, but there’s plenty of running in this films. Running both literally and metaphorically. I wonder if Hans would have been caught at all had he not had that impetuous moment after the race. There’s a feeling of loss, but mostly I feel for Erika. She seems, if anything, more alone and sad than Hans did at any point in this film.
GROUNDHOG DAY (Netflix) – I haven’t seen this in ages, and since I’d only ever seen it on broadcast TV, I thought maybe I might have been missing out on some edited-for-tv content. Apparently not – I didn’t notice any obvious differences. How many years did Phil loop through that day, seriously? Enough to learn to play the piano like a pro, learn to sculpt, meet and learn about everyone in town,
MEET DAVE (Netflix) – After watching GROUNDHOG DAY, I thought about revisiting other 80s films like TRADING PLACES and BREWSTER’S MILLIONS. Netflix didn’t have these in Canada, but it recommended this Eddie Murphy film from the 21st Century. It feels a bit like it should have been made in the late 80s. Lots of pointless exposition given from character to character for the sole benefit of the audience; clumsy writing for the first half. The second half of the film falls off the edge of a cliff, going for bathroom jokes, gay stereotypes and completely loses what little plot it had. I finally left it for dead, stopping it with 30 minutes remaining.
BREWSTER’S MILLIONS (Netflix) – Oh, they DO have this classic John Candy / Richard Pryor film. Another film that I only ever saw broadcast on TV. I remember thinking as a kid how easy it would be to blow through all that cash and blow it all, leaving nothing behind. IMDB tells me that this is not only a remake, but one of the most remade films; this 1985 version, in addition to films from 1945, 1935, 1921, 1914, and even a 2012 in pre-production. Now I want to find the older versions…