Doomed Wonderful Kid

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I haven't been completely out of the movie watching loop, although there hasn't been much. Here's what I've watched over the past couple of weeks:

Doomsday, a BluRay movie, was a pretty reasonable, fast playing, end of the world viral outbreak movie. A quick acting virus that pretty instantly kills those infected strikes Scotland, so the British authorities move to cordon off the entire country. They end up building a huge wall and forgetting about the place. But when the virus shows up again in London, and it looks like there were survivors after all in Scotland, a small team, lead by a Scottish survivor herself, are sent to investigate.

They come across a very "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" kind of place, ruled by Sol (played with over the top manic energy by Craig Conway). Much mayhem ensues, as the small group, led by Maj. Eden Sinclair, Scottish survivor and borderline psychopath herself. Rhona Mitra, who looks like a new female action hero, shows enough swagger to carry off this very macho part.

While sufficiently action packed, and looking and sounding wonderful in BluRay, it wasn't really all that compelling. If beheadings are your thing, then this is your movie, as I lost track of the number of chopped off heads. A pretty star studded cast includes Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell anchors the movie with sufficient gravitas, but I never really cared about any of the characters and Sinclair's revenge motive was rang strangely hollow. But worth a viewing if you're into a nice violent, apocalyptic show.

On the other end of the action scale was the heartfelt indie, Wilby Wonderful. Featuring a great cast including Sandra Oh, Maury Chaykin and Ellen Page, Wilby Wonderful tells the story of a tumultuous 24 hours in a small Canadian town on an island. The stories of a dozen or so characters are interwoven as secrets are unearthed, lives are forever altered and affairs grind to a halt. A nice little movie, perhaps a little too earnest but with some light touches, it reminded me of one of my favorite movies, The Station Agent, in the way it told its story. Not quite to that high level, but still a highly recommended, quiet little film.

Me and the girls watched The Kid, Charlie Chaplin's first "full length" movie. It clocks in at only a little more than an hour, but still far longer than his previous comedic shorts. The Kid tells the story of an abandoned child that The Tramp ends up raising. The Kid, played by a very young Jackie Coogan, who Chaplin discovered at a vaudeville show he was playing in, helps out The Tramp with his small swindles, like throwing a rock to break a window that the Tramp replaces. But he gets sick and then the Authorities try to take him away but alls well that ends well.

The girls really enjoyed this silent movie, recorded from TMC's "Silent Sunday Night", which I found heartening. I think they enjoyed filling in the blanks between the story cards and it was a good story too. The Roku box has some early Keaton movies that I think I'll try on them next.

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So great about watching The Kid, and that the girls (the kids?) are
receptive to a silent film.  If you/they aren't burned out on
Jackie Coogan, you might also want to try "The Rag Man".  While
not exactly a copy of The Kid it's got a similar look & feel, i.e.
is derivative of it; nonetheless enjoyable.


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