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Reviews by Uncle Will
" . . .Try to Remember that day in September. . . "
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Remember when a good script, great acting, strange settings, and a sound, musical score were the active ingredients to cooking-up a successful suspense-movie-thriller? Well, film director Atom Egoyan has once again prepared and presents his main course, Remember, a shrewdly slow-paced suspense film about long-awaited vengeance.
Remember stars Christopher Plummer (Zev Guttman) and Martin Landau (Max Rosenbaum) star as Auschwitz survivors living present day in a nursing home. We learn that the 2 old man made a "pack" in the past. Zev agreed to find a former Nazi prison guard who killed his family. This guard has been living for 70 years in the USA under an assumed name. It appears that Max, who is wheelchair bound, is dependent on Zev doing all the "heavy lifting."
What follows is Zev going on a solo road-trip, with a deadly mission, that takes him all around the country and even to Canada. It's quite clear that Zev suffers from late-stages of Alzheimer’s. How he battles to keep focused on his mission is clever.
What is most clever about this film is the way that Egoyan keeps his audience's attention, when most all the action is led by an 88-year-old actor. It is like the scene in a zombie movie where the slow-footed zombie is attacking a human, all the while the suspense builds because of the anticipated attack. A super-fast zombie attacking is just not as suspenseful- the payoff comes much too quickly.
Not in this film. The payoff is slow and savoring.

How would you like to live in a town that basically has just two rules? Those rules being: 1) one must have the means to earn a living and 2) one must live in a place that has a roof overhead. There's a fictional town in Norway, at the tip of the Artic Circle, called Fortitude and it's also the name of a UK TV series that stars Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon.

Fortitude is the most northern city in the world. It claims to have no crime, because everyone living there is happy. Sounds like a nice place to live or visit. To attract more tourist is the primary the governor is trying to get investors to back an ice hotel construction project. All is proceeding nicely until something is found in the glacier that the hotel is to be built on that likely will jeopardize the chances for the building to ever reach completion.

A newcomer to the town is told that he must by a warm hat with earflaps and purchase a rifle. The hat is to combat frostbitten ears. The rifle is combat all the polar bears that hunt this coastal town. Rifles are more prevalent in shopping carts than purses. We learn that once a polar bear attacks a human, that bear is eating the human. The bear isn't concerned with killing its prey, just devouring it. One gets the feeing that a rifle is a little more important than the hat with flaps.

The production is top-notch. The scenery is awesome. It's refreshing to watch brutal cold depicted on the screen when it's 90 degrees outside in reality. It might be cold outside in Fortitude, but the residents heat it up. Small towns are places where everyone knows everybody and their business. Dark days for half the year give way to a great deal of frolicking in Fortitude. The characters in this town are complex and believable. The actors playing these characters are so spot-on that not once did I think that I was watching actors.

Make no mistake. This is an adult TV series. What starts out as a dark, moody atmosphere, turns a lot brighter "red" by episode 9. Critics love this show. An option for a 2nd season was picked-up and will soon be available at our library.
Ok To Tinker
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I'm just a big, old kid. So sue me. In 1960 I saw on TV for the first time Peter Pan -

starring the late Mary Martin as Peter and Sir Cyril Ritchard as Capt. Hook.

I was hooked.

I'm still scared that if I hang a foot or arm off the end of the bed, a crocodile is gonna

snatch it off while I'm sleeping. To date I've seen just about any and every version of

this classic tale and of course read the novel by J.M. Barrie. I was gonna pan outta

viewing this latest film adaptation until I brought it home and thought, what the heck, I'd

give it a try.

It explores an interesting angle. . .that Hook and Peter once were friends and not always

aversaries. It stars Hugh Jackman, who I enjoy his work. It also has refreshing newcomer,

the 13 year old, Levi Miller, in the title role. His expressive eyes only adds to his

charm.

Adding to the charm of this film is a score that is both lively and supportive. The CGI is

okay. I liked the way the pirate ships float in space. Garrett Hedlun (of Friday Night

Lights fame) shows some potential to play a more devious role in the obvious sequel.

It is rated PG and not that scary. I almost was able to let my arm drift off the bedside as

I fell asleep the night I watched this film. Almost...
1987 Grammy Winner!
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I've been a composer for greater than 50 years. Over that time I've been asked a lot about my influences and what songs inspire me. Henry Mancini is probably my favorite composer and this song, Moon Dance, is quite inspirational. It can be found on the CD, Down To The Moon, that won the Grammy in 1987. It was written by Andreas Vollenweider who is a Swiss harpist that's recorded 14 albums. Down To The Moon was his 5th album and it was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006. It's been written that his music ". . . evokes nature, magic and fairy tales. . . " AHML will be hosting a library-wide exhibit on Fairy Tales (January-March 2016). Check this out if you want a head start getting into the mood.
Fond, Very Fond
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Not certain what kind of review Ian Flemming would write about this newest chapter in his famed James Bond series. It's an easy read, fast-paced, and pays homage to past villains (Pussy Galore, Dr. No, SMERSH, etc.) of 007. This new Bond is not the sexiest-pig, prettiest-boy, wise-cracking, stone-cold-killer of old. A female character can actually be introduced in the beginning of a chapter and Bond doesn't try to bed her before the chapter ends.

 
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04/27/2011
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