I went on a movie binge this past week. I have been house sitting for my mom (apartment actually) and rented a slock of films. And because I am too lazy to hunt for their artwork, there will be no artwork in this post.
Pathfinder is a story (Canadian I believe) about the first group of Vikings who come to North America and lay destruction to everything they see. One of the Vikings' own children refuses to kill someone and is left to freeze as the others return to the ship. He is taken in by a Native woman, and raised in the village. Years later a second ship of Vikings arrive to finish what they had started, and lay waste to hundreds. The now grown child is the only one who can stop them. It is a typical coming of age story, of finding your own place in the community. It was a very close reminder of the film Quest for Fire.
The Fountain takes you from the present to the past to the end of time. We see a loving husband who has one goal in life, to save his wife from cancer. He works in the medical field doing tests on animals who have brain tumors. His wife is writing a novel, but knows she will not live long enough to finish it and asks him to. The novel is their story but set hundreds of years before in the middle of a war, where she has incorporated Biblical means, The Tree of Life. The husband does finish the novel for her after her death, he also finds the cure too late. That is when the film takes you into the future. About twenty minutes before the movie ends, it becomes so surreal it looses all sense. Still a touching story.
Premonition finds a woman waking up one morning to find her husband has been killed in a road accident. The next day, he is alive. Within the course of a week she jumps back and forth from one part of reality to the other, getting the days mixed up. She finds out that her life wasn't as perfect as she had thought, but fights to save it anyway.
Hot Fuzz is a buddy movie from the people who did Shawn of the Dead. A cop who does his job too well is sent to a small village in the middle of nowhere, and finds himself in the center of multiple murders. Mindless fun that will have you laughing until the last shoot out.
Bon Cop Bad Cop is a great Canadian film that makes no mistake on where it is from, just where the body comes from. This film is best watched with your subtitles on. (it is shot almost fully in French) A murderer is out killing everyone connected with the Hockey League whom he feels screwed over the teams. A great buddy film with enough style, and drama to be a film noir. With a cameo from Rick Mercer as a sports reporter it stands firmly on the ice tongue in cheek.
I also rented the film Tiedland but I feel that is a vampire film and will talk about it on my other blog.