Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday movie night

Today was very, very relaxing. All we did was just sit around watching sub tv or playing video games. It was nice. Sure, we should have cleaned or tidied or been productive in some other way, but I was just as happy to do nothing at all.

This evening we watched M. Butterfly, a David Cronenberg film set in 1960s China. The film follows the romance and love between a French embassy employee and a local Madame Butterfly opera singer. Of course things are not quite what they seem, and this inevitably leads to tragedy. It's kind of a weird film (what Cronenberg film isn't?), and I think it's more subtle than most of his films; this might be because it's based on a true story and it is not a horror movie. It's definitely worth watching if you get the chance.

From subtle to over-the-top...

After M. Butterfly we watched Videodrome, another, earlier, Cronenberg movie. I've loved this movie ever since I first saw it ages and ages ago, and not just because Deborah Harry is in it. I find the story compelling. It's about a guy who works at a small, independent tv show who picks up a pirate signal showing only torture and murder. The guy becomes obsessed with finding this show and as he gets closer and closer to it, things start to change. Reality becomes blurred... and nothing seems right. Not even the viewer knows exactly what is going on. This is definitely a creepy movie and one that I think is worth watching over and over.

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