Weekly Movie Picks

Do see:

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK

This is a cute and quirky romantic comedy (if you can even call it that) about a young woman who believes she is a cyborg, tries to wire herself into a radio, and subsequently ends up in a mental hospital. That’s where the fun begins. It’s real weird, but I loved it. Lot’s of strange scatological humor, plus it co-stars Korean popstar Rain, who may be famous to some American viewers for dance battling Steven Colbert. It was directed by Park Chan-wook, perhaps Korea’s greatest director, who also directed the deeply disturbing, but super amazing, Vengeance Trilogy.

Any Day Now

Amazing film that I got to see at the Seattle International Film Festival. It went on to win the audience award and it deserved it. It’s about a gay couple in the 1970s trying to adopt a teenage boy with Down syndrom after his mother is locked away for drug use and child neglect. The writer/director spoke after the screening I watched and the screenplay was adapted from a friend of his who had written it back in the ’70s based very loosely on real events. It’s all the things you see on the side of a DVD case: touching, funny, elegant, moving, insightful. And on and on. Mostly, you just need to see it for yourself. Also, as well as, in addition to: Alan Cumming.

Probably See:

A Checkout Girl’s Big Adventures

Not quite as awesome as the French movie poster or translated English title make it seem, the movie is still worth seeing if you have some time on your hands. The main character, Solweig, is a (gorgeous) checkout girl at a large supermarket chain in Paris. She also surreptitiously writes a popular blog detailing her trials and thus inspires working class French checkout girls everywhere. Riots and strikes ensue. The large corporation does not like this. What will happen next? Only the plot of every romantic comedy ever made can tell you the answer. A little too neat and cliche, it was only 97% predictable, but still might strike a cord if you work at Walmart and are a hopeless romantic waiting for a rich sometimes-actor to fall serendipitously into your life. Or if you’re a regular dude like me.

Starry Starry Night

That’s right smart guy, like the van Gogh painting. If you ask anyone who has seen this movie, they will probably first tell you it’s visually stunning. It is. It’s also told through the eyes of the Xiao Mei, a young girl who lives with her parents who are clearly on the edge of divorce. I often prefer movies told with this point of view. Xiao Me befriends Xiao Jie, a new boy at her school. They go on an adventure. I want to say more, but I won’t. Why? I just can’t say. The movie isn’t perfect, but it is grand and worth seeing.

Don’t see:

Thor or Act of Valor. Niether one is quite as horrible as this Lindsay Lohan movie, but neither one is very good. Suffice it to say being a Navy Seal is dangerous work. If you liked Navy Seals staring the late sane-Charlie Sheen, then ignore everything I wrote in this post and run, don’t walk, to rent Act of Valor ’cause you will pee yourself with 100% certainty in pure ecstasy. Have your friends watch Thor for you and then fast forward to the three jokes worth watching.

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