• The Darkest Hour, Bell Book and Candle, Harvey, 2001: A Space Odyssey (621/359)

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    THE DARKEST HOUR – I enjoyed this film, partly because the monsters were fairly interesting, and partly due to a novel trip to the solution. However, now I will complain about things that don’t really affect I feel about it overall.

    The monsters are electrical creatures of some sort, and they are able to ‘see’ electrical signatures in some way. So, when the party finds a working radio in a bird cage, I knew what they were shooting for; a Faraday Cage. The characters later explain that a cage of metal keeps the monsters from seeing into it. The trouble being that if the monsters can’t see it, it isn’t going to be able to receive broadcast… That’s rather annoying, but they did try at least.

    There are a couple silly speeches as well, and silly characterizations, but they actually seemed to try with the science and the novel invaders. The film makers were more than willing to kill off seemingly central characters as well, which makes things interesting.

    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – I said I’d see it the next time TIFF Lightbox had the 70mm print out, and tonight was the first of a week long run. This film really is different on the big screen – maybe the medium really is the message. There are things here that I never noticed on the small screen with the DVD. One item that comes to mind is the glint in Dave’s eye as he watches the secret video message while in HAL’s core

    BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE – The first of two James Stewart films today, this is an odd romantic comedy with witches and warlocks. It’s not my favorite Stewart film, but it’s one of the most lighthearted of his filmes that I’ve seen so far this year.

    HARVEY – I really like this. It’s a bit of a look at what constitutes sanity and insanity in polite society. I really like the way this wraps up, with more acceptance than condemnation. This beats out IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE in my books, thanks to the complete lack of a religious agenda in this one; it’s a bit of a secular fairy tale… if you can excuse the pooca.

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