I've seen three good movies lately, two that you've probably already seen and one that you might have missed.
"Capote" is as good as I had heard, as was Philip Seymour Hoffman's astounding performance. There's not much that I can say about this movie that hasn't been written already.
One thing that struck me is how rare it is to see a movie with a main character who is so unlikeable, and who becomes less and less sympathetic as the story progresses. At the same time, the character for whom we have the most sympathy is a murderer. It's rare writing and directing that can pull that off. It's really a brilliant movie, one for the ages. We've been watching Hoffman since he snuck into seemingly every independent film in the past decade. His transformation into Truman Capote rates him as one of the greats.
"The Constant Gardener" is also very good, a political thriller with the added attractions of Ralph Fiennes' and Rachel Weisz's beautiful smiles, and the starkly beautiful landscape of Kenya. Amazingly, this movie was not filmed in Canada, but actually filmed on location in Kenya and London. One of the deleted scenes on the DVD was filmed in Canada, but it was actually supposed to be Canada. How odd.
"Capote," of course, was shot in Manitoba, standing in for Kansas. "Brokeback Mountain," next on our Zip.ca queue, was filmed in Alberta, substituting for Wyoming.
"Thumbsucker," based on Walter Kirn's novel of the same name, is a misfit coming-of-age story, and a good one. Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio play the parents, newcomer Lou Pucci is terrific in the title role. A nice movie - sweet, sad, and poignant, nothing groundbreaking, but worth your time. Takes place in Oregon, and filmed there, too.