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Weekend ahead

Posted at 3:59 PM on October 20, 2006 by Euan Kerr

It seems like it's been forever since I actually got out into a movie house. Too many screeners maybe?

There is a lot of good stuff out there. The Maven liked "The Prestige," and I have to admit I am intrigued by "Shortbus" despite the mixed reviews, if only for the "what were they thinking?" element.

Part of my angst is because I need to return "Overnight" but Malcolm the 15 year old says he wants to watch it first. Now he's been enjoying the MEA break. Surely he's had a chance to see it? (Pause for sound of crickets....)

Actually it's been an interesting week for reactions to films in the Kerr household.

Inspired by thoughts of yesteryear I grabbed a copy of "Death Race 2000" to take another look. This was a film which seemed so daring at the time. Exploitation-meister producer Roger Corman admits the Paul Bartel 1976 film about an America of the (then) future where hit and run driving has become a national sport has been one of his biggest hits. The film hasn't aged well, or perhaps it's me that hasn't. It seems heavy-handed now, although the DVD extra about the making of the film is quite illuminating, at least if you want to know about the recesses of Corman's mind.

We also sat down, the beloved and I, a few days ago to watch "Blue Velvet." Isabella Rossellini will be in at the Walker in Minneapolis on November 4th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of "Velvet" with a Regis Dialogue which kicks off a nine film retrospective of Rossellini's work.

"Blue Velvet" seems a little stilted too, but in a very different and creepy way. Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern's investigation of just why someone left a human ear in a field near their small town is so naive and doomed it's like sandpaper on your flesh. A friend of mine one pointed out that director David Lynch's first film "Eraserhead," which is a surrealistic horror flick, actually gets scarier each time you see it, because you know what's coming.

We discovered the same is true of "Blue Velvet" even though it's been years since we last saw it. Heaven only knows how we'll handle the first five minutes of "Wild at Heart!"

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