Away From Her is a quiet movie about a couple dealing with Alzheimer’s disease — and it’s not depressing or melodramatic. The understated but perfectly nuanced performances from Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie, together with Sarah Polley‘s subtle direction, deliver an emotional punch without being overtly manipulative or insulting to the audience’s intelligence. It feels real. It’s one of the best movies to come out of Canada in years.
12 and Holding is a powerful, engaging film that presents a more honest look at childhood than anything I’ve seen for years. It’s about a small group of young kids, each of them dealing with some difficult issues that arise from things happening at home (or not happening at home). There’s a fat kid trying to lose weight, a lonely girl looking for a father figure, and another guy dealing
Bubble is Steven Soderbergh’s experimental whodunit film that he describes more accurately as a whydunit. It’s experimental in that he uses real people, non-actors, playing themselves; the characters’ lives are so mundane that even when something out of the ordinary happens, it’s still completely mundane — and one of the most interesting films I’ve ever seen. Its authenticity makes it extremely watchable, not unbearably or depressingly realistic. It’s entertaining, compelling
Part 1 was How to Build a Raised Garden Bed and Potato Tower. Part 2 is just a 2-minute video update on how the garden is looking these days.
It’s been 40 years since we landed on the moon. I’m glad to see the Apollo 11 astronauts promoting the exploration of Mars instead of going back to the moon. In honour of this historic occasion, I’ve posted the front page of The Onion from July 21, 1969: Click image to biggify.