It’s been a very busy but restful holiday for me. Montreal was quite nice – lots of time about town, movies, checked out McGill, had a few laughs, had some fun.

So, welcome to my first post of 2007. Wow, can’t believe how time passes. Plans for 2007: new athletic program to begin and to finish off my outstanding obligations. So far, the horoscopes have said this coming year is a positive turning point year for me, so you know, whatever.

CHILDREN OF MEN: Today I saw a movie I’ve greatly anticipated for months now, Children of Men. Quite simply, this is the best movie of the past year for me. It blows the rest away completely. It’s a riveting, stunning effort that will blow your mind and scare the crap out of you at the same time.

I don’t need to go into the plot again, given you can find a bunch of solid reviews online at Rotten Tomatoes. But rest assured, you’ll probably find them useful up to a point: this is the kind of film that has to be seen to be believed.

Director Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu mama tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) has constructed a true masterpiece. Shot with a hand-held camera and completely unrelenting in representing the true horror of humanity’s two most toxic and evil movements (fascism and terrorism). It’s a terrible future, twenty years from now, but there’s always hope and shot-for-shot, this film screams white-knuckled amazement.

Clive Owen (does this guy ever pick a bad movie? Seriously, he’s got immaculate judgment in films… okay, Derailed, not so much) is terrific in this as Theo, a former radical activist defeated by losing his child in the flu pandemic of 2008 and cruel chance, as is Michael Caine in an unconventionally gentle, slightly morose portrait of a pothead former editorial cartoonist.

The battle scenes in urban combat scenarios are so hard-core it’s almost hard to believe what you’re seeing is fictional. It’s intense stuff.

In other words, go see this movie. It’s easily one of the year’s best and well-deserving of more than just a sci-fi label. It’s bloody terrific.


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