My sister goes to see a lot of films and her return to Ireland has meant that I too am going to a lot more films.Â Hereâ€™s a pretty unsuccessful batch
Waltz with Bashir â€“ Ari Folman
The best of the bunch.Â I saw it in the Kino in Cork and was able to take a snack bar and a cup of tea into the auditorium which alone would have justified the price of admission. Â Â Â The last film I saw in Hebrew was Kadosh, true, that was a long time ago but that experience has kept me away from Israeli films for a while.Â This was really very good, if somewhat disturbing.Â Itâ€™s an animated film about a former Â Israeli soldierâ€™s experience at the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Â I went with my younger sister and her friend and I was astounded that neither of them had ever heard of Sabra and Shatila.
The film did get me thinking again about the state of Israel. Â It is the most extraordinary thing. Â If you made it up, no one would believe you. Â A state founded largely by central and eastern European intellectuals; people who had been in hiding; in camps; fleeing for their lives; people whose relatives had been killed in vast numbers.Â Â They go to a patrt of the Middle East where the climate is a bit differentÂ from say, Odessa; revive Hebrew (very guttural language and that is the least of its challenges); win wars against their Arab neighbours; and go about building and protecting their state with a stubborn single mindedness. You cannot but gasp at the improbability of it.
The tale of Depereaux – Sam Fell and Rob Stevenhagen.
This is an animated story of a mouse who rescues a Princess. Â I didnâ€™t think much of it myself but I wasnâ€™t the one to be pleased. Â The Princess and Daniel found it middling but Michael found it absolutely terrifying and watched it sitting on my lap while Â sobbing in fear and peering through my fingers at the scary cat. Â At the same time he refused to leave.Â He is still traumatised. Â Not recommended.
Twilight – Catherine Hardwicke
Now that my sister is back, I donâ€™t have to drag my unfortunate husband to this kind of film.Â There arenâ€™t so many people in their 30s who are in the market for teenage vampire flicks.Â Â Â I must say that I quite enjoyed it and am now toying with the idea of trying the books. Â Does anyone have views on the books?
The Spirit â€“ Frank Miller
This is a beautifully shot film with a hilariously over the top performance by Samuel L. Jackson. Â It mixes real people and animation very cleverly. Â It is therefore a pity that the plot is atrocious and the dialogue worse.Â Â After about 10 minutes I begged my sister to abandon ship and a stream of wiser people left the cinema. Â We stayed to the bitter end. Â It was, undoubtedly one of the worst films I have ever seen. Â Wikipedia quotes Robert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times on the film, “There is not a trace of human emotion in it. To call the characters cardboard is to insult a useful packing material”.Â Mr. Ebert is spot on.