November Warms Up at the Theater

| 11/4/2011 10:20:22 AM

Jean Teller While fall has not been a good season for movies for me, I’m hoping early winter brings better news.

I decided to wait and rent Real Steel, hope to see The Three Musketeers this weekend, and I’m not sure when I’ll get to Anonymous. I did see Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a documentary on the cave drawings on the walls of Chauvet Cave in southern France. It’s a fascinating look (and the first time a documentary team has been allowed in the cave) at the well-preserved drawings, created at least 32,000 years ago and discovered in 1994 by a group of scientists.  

Shot in 3D, the documentary is slow but visually stunning in its scope. The filmmakers were limited to a three-person crew, only four hours a day for only six days and a battery-operated camera and lights. Visitors are kept to a narrow walkway, must wear sterile clothing over their street clothes, and are not allowed to touch anything. Despite the limitations, Werner Herzog and his crew produced an excellent foray into our past that helps preserve our history and allows us to connect with these long-ago artists.

Unfortunately, I also saw rentals of Going the Distance and Limitless. I will never get those four hours back. Darn.

So what does November hold at the box office?

 A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas stars Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris in another excellent adventure. 

Chuck Mallory
11/22/2011 9:58:54 PM

I'm "old school," though I live in the big city, so I'm looking forward to see what they do with Tintin! But as for many of the others, I wish Hollywood would go more for real stories and real people and leave the flash and promotability behind. Some of the best movies are the old movies. Give me "Christmas in Connecticut" over "Christmas with the Kranks" any day!