I caught meeself a fine film at the theater on Saturday. El Orfanato (The Orphanage), is a nicely paced and very creepy dark motion picture made in Spain. I was surprised to see the theater with a nice large crowd for a foreign film, but I guess a good movie will attract a crowd, and Spanish isn't such a foreign language anymore in the U.S. now is it? The main actress, Belén Rueda is terrific as is the little boy in the movie played by Roger Príncep. Hell, the whole cast is great and Geraldine Chaplin (yes, Charlie Chaplin's daughter) makes a fine cameo appearance as a spiritual medium. Who knew Geraldine had such an affinity for Hispanic culture, but she's had relationships with Latino men from what I've read, and has appeared in numerous Spanish-speaking films. A fine freaky film all-around!
I had been avoiding it for a while, but I finally brought myself to watch United 93. It wasn't easy. The official story of that final hijacked plane crashing into that field in Pennsylvania is well known by everyone by now, but to watch it so brilliantly directed by Paul Greengrass with relatively unknown actors who bring the true story to such vivid dramatic life onscreen is quite a feat. We all know the plane will crash and that all of them will die, but it is still a tale so gripping, upsetting, heartwrenchng, and so real that you feel as though you are truly aboard that plane. If you dare see the movie, look for a terrific performance by Ben Sliney, who plays himself as FAA Director of Operations and ordered all airspace closed on that fateful day. Alls I can say is, what an unsettling and jolting film, yet too important a picture to miss. Follow it by a comedy or fun movie like the new very catchy Hairspray, which is what I did to relieve the leftover tension.
I went here last night and had lots of fun. These kids re-enact the Spanish conquest of Mexico; I really dig this terrific song and video by The Shins: