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Dark, without a doubt, and dank, and steamy, and simultaneously futuristic and antiquated, and currently in the grip of pasty aliens who can reshape reality at will. (At the will of the scriptwriters, that is, not at their own.) An impressive production to a certain degree; an oppressive one to a far greater degree. With Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt; directed by Alex Proyas. (1998) — Duncan Shepherd

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You know what's funny? The Reader ran an ad recently, showing three horrible movies (one being Whoopis nun movie...the second one; and Ben Afflecks Gigli. both were trashed by every critic in America). The ad said that Duncan gave these films black dots and that you could have a black spot party watching the horrible films. Which sounds like a fun idea, much the way Mystery Sciene Theatre, or Beavis & Butthead did, while watching bad videos.

But herein lies the problem. He gave Dark City a star. This is a movie that Roger Ebert voted best of the year, when it came out. A very interesting sci-fi film (okay, it may lose it's way a bit near the ending)...but such interesting characters played by Keifer Sutherland as the stuttering scientist, and Jennifer Connelly as the sultry jazz singer, Rufus Sewell, looking like a better version of Eric Bogosian. A film that's worthy of renting.

Sept. 23, 2009

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