Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Need Something to Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Yesterday, my sister said that Inception was even better the second time around. I asked if the characters were somehow more one-dimensional, or if she'd been given special glasses to highlight their one-dimensionality. She said it was one of the best films of the last year. And despite all those amazing actors with no characters to play, despite a complex new world barely developed let alone fully explored, despite a wholly predicable ending, she was right. Compared to the A-Teams, and The Backup Plans and 600th sequel to Shrek, Inception was downright brilliant. It represents one of the few films really trying to do something new, even if it f#$%d it up by rushing the job. They just don't make em' like they used to.

But to be fair, in a modern context, you rarely get the cream. There were tons of s#$% movies in the golden age of cinema too. You just have to wait a few years for the crud to drop away and for only the classics to be remembered.

Luckily, today, you have a chance to experience the cream, because The Flicks is doing a special screening of the Oscar-winning 1949 Orson Welles classic, The Third Man.

The film, from a novella by Graham Greene, follows the adventures of a pulp novelist who arrives in post-war Vienna searching for his friend Harry, only to discover Harry is dead, and that the locals are mysteriously glad. It's is widely considered one of the finest film noirs ever made and is still every bit as thrilling and suspenseful 60 years after it was made. Somehow, I doubt Inception will hold up that well.

The show starts at 7 p.m.

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