Sort of a meh weekend, right? Summer’s gone, and Florence has left us reeling and empty. And it’s slim pickings at the theater… almost. There is one blisteringly bright spot there, if your interests run political. Take a look:
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
A cute little YA fantasy-horror flick starring Jack Black as Jonathan, the person/ warlock living in New Zebedee, MI, in the fifties. Cate Blanchett stars as his (witchy) neighbor. Things are ho-hum until the warlock takes custody of his young, recently-orphaned nephew Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), whose experimenting releases some unsavory characters (Kyle MacLachlan) from death. It’s not as fab as the book, but it could be worth the theater trip: the script is as competent as the director (Eli Roth), and the chemistry between the leads is excellent.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
It’s a Western, but let me make this important point clear: it’s not what you think. In fact it’s downright low on action. There are no climactic showdowns. Starring Joaquim Phoenix and John C. Reilly as two brothers (Charlie and Eli Sisters) who work as assassins during the time of the California gold rush, the flick is about the difference in how the two men react to life. One is a romantic who wants to give up his life of crime and settle down; the other a drunken a*hole happy with the way things are. Things get interesting when the pair is hired to off Hermann (Riz Ahmed), an alchemist who has a potion that reveals gold-bearing rock—a trick that will make gold prospecting easy. Luckily, Hermann has an unlikely partner in a detective named Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal). Go for action, and you’ll come away disappointed. But, as a character study, this is brilliant.
I have to hand it to Michael Moore. He’s not deflected by the GOP vs. Dems issue, nor by #resistance, nor does he merely focus on Trump as the cause of all evil. He wastes no time going to what he sees as the core of the problem: what was the situation that allowed Trump to acquire political power? Because he had none until 11/9/16, and merely removing him will not change it. And what is that situation? The presence of the Establishment, which encompasses elements in both parties—the GOP and the Dems. This massive power structure rules unchecked. Moore then goes on to show us several examples where voters were screwed over by both parties. Tired of the runaround, they refused to vote when the time came, or, voted for the outsider—who was saying things never voiced before. Consequently, the outsider won. And what is said Establishment doing now? Well, they help us focus on Trump, because as long as we’re watching Trump and seething about him, we’re not watching ‘them.’ It’s gripping. Check out the trailer:
Right. I’m sure you’re all ready to toss something back at me? Toss away! But do come back and see me again next time! it’s always lovely to have you here 🙂 Adios.