The “Super Size Me” Guy’s Other Docutainment Flick

  I just made that up — docutainment. But that’s what Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold boils down to — an entertaining documentary, edging more towards entertainment than documentary. It’s about Morgan Spurlock‘s attempt to get the movie made through product placement. We see him make pitches to various companies. Finally a company, Pom Wonderful, agrees to finance the movie, and they don’t seem like such a bad company, but not looking bad is probably part of their deal. Other minor sponsors get in on the action. The rest of the movie is filled with product placements. In every scene, someone is drinking Pom Wonderful. Every interview takes place in a specific restaurant chain. Everyone in the movie drives a Ford, etc. — and it’s all blatant. Most blockbuster movies are vehicles for selling other products. No big revelation there, but the movie is humorous and informative, and Pom Wonderful does seem like a healthy alternative to soda pop.

“The Beachcombers” Online

Hey, we can watch The Beachcombers online! Click the image to watch the episode in which “Nick and the Reach family banish Relic to Conventry and declare him invisible because they believe he has killed McLoskey. Relic discovers advantages to the situation and Nick and Margaret decide to exorcise him to stop the mischevious goings-on.” Yeah!

Can you hum the theme music? Danger Bay got nothing on The Beachcombers.

I know what I’m watching on my netbook in bed tonight. The Beachcombers!

Quick Review of “Léolo”

  Léolo was directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon who died on this date in 1997. The movie is charming and tragic and beautiful all at once. It’s a nostalgic / anti-nostalgic look at a boy growing up with his strange family in Montréal.

I’ll just quote Roger Ebert: “Leolo is an enchanting, disgusting, romantic, depressing, hilarious, tragic movie, and it is quite original… I have never seen one like it before. It cannot be assigned a category, or described in terms of other films. I felt alive when I was watching it. If you are one of those lonely film lovers who used to attend foreign films, who used to seek out the offbeat and the challenging, and who has given up on movies because they all seem the same, crawl out of your bunker and go to see this one. It will remind you that movies can be wonderful.”