Movies I’ve Watched #4

The Spiderwick Chronicles — A fantasy film in line with the first Chronicles of Narnia flick and Bridge to Terabithia, but a bit scarier and probably not suitable for kids under 10. The kids in this one spend most of their time running from and fighting against goblins and other forest creatures. There’s not much to the story, but it’s adventurous and fun. (Feb. 16/08)

Rosemary’s Baby — A newly-wed couple move into an apartment where all the tenants are unnaturally friendly, and after while it becomes apparent that everyone is up to something, possibly something sinister. Directed by Roman Polanski in 1968, Rosemary’s Baby has a dated Technicolor look and feel of a Hitchcock film, with an ending that’s more laughable than shocking. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat waiting for the final reveal (which doesn’t hold up well 30 years later), but it’s fun trying to figure what the hell’s going on in the meantime. (Feb. 13/08)

The Sacrifice — The last film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and, as is the case with most of his films, it’s an interesting but extremely slow and challenging film for most audiences. I like it but only recommend it for fans of Tarkovsky. From Ebert’s review: The Sacrifice “is about a man who learns, or dreams, that the bombers have gone on their way to unleash World War III. He offers his own life as a sacrifice, if only his family can be spared… [Tarkovsky] uses a great many long shots — both long in duration, and with great distances between the camera and the subjects. Long shots inspire thoughtfulness from the audience. We are not so close that we are required to identify with a character. We stand back, and see everything, and have time to think about it.” (Feb. 09/08)

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers #4. — Nicole Kidman does her best not to fall asleep and become one of the Pod People in this science fiction thriller that adds nothing new to a story that’s been done too many times already. However, it does work as a contemporary B-movie. It’s so bad that it’s good. (Feb. 06/08)

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

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