June 27th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

There wasn't much plot in this movie and what there was could be seen coming many minutes away. However, the settings and costumes were great, the child actors were attractive, and I loved the art in the opening and closing. The adult actors were fabulous.

Three children have their house burn down and their parents die inside. They're given to an evil man they're not really related to, Count Olaf, whose entire purpose is to kill them in such a way that he can't be blamed, so he can get their fortune. After the children prove that he is unsuitable, the government gives them to other people, also not really related, and Count Olaf comes after the kids and the new guardians. I hope the books have better plot. The visuals and the acting, though, were really excellent.
20111112, Marilee

The Choir

A French movie with subtitles is not the optimum choice when I need to do close-up beading, but my bits of French stood me in good stead and I only had to back up a few times.

This is the story of Matheiu, who comes to a school for juvenile delinquents to be a prefect. The headmaster is cruel to the kids and some of the other employees are, too, which makes the kids cruel as well. Matheiu, who is detested by the headmaster, decides to start a chorus and see if it will settle the boys -- he'd been a composer and music teacher before. Rather predictably, the boys do start turning into nice young chaps, but there are enough other subplots to make this a real movie. I think it's highly unlikely that he made a random group of juvenile delinquents into an ethereal choir, but it's nice to hear them sing. I enjoyed this a great deal.