Ali, Amber, and I went to The Cinema Theatre (957 South Clinton Ave.) to see Star Trek. As you might expect, it's a decent movie and an innovative way to kick-start the franchise once again. Ali and I enjoyed it and I think Amber did too although she had some complaints. Anyway, they left and I stayed for the second feature: a movie I'd heard nothing about called The Brothers Bloom.
Apparently it came-and-went from The Little (240 East Ave.) and possibly corporate screens as well, all with little fanfare. Reviews have been lukewarm at best. My mood was to give it a try at the beginning, and my alternative was to meet Ali out at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.): a not unattractive option.
Well, I figured I'd hang through the "early days" introduction: two brothers, Stephen and Bloom, had been in-and-out of foster families for quite some time when they stumbled into the notion of playing cons. I didn't know if I was in for a kids movie but I figured I'd linger to the credits. Once the relationship was established, the film heads for 25 years in the future when the brothers are adults, and still con-men.
Ok, so it's hooked me for 10 minutes.
Bloom doesn't want to stick with the game after their last job, but his brother ropes him in it for one more: woo a naive heiress — Penelope — living alone in her parents' estate. She's a handful, though, as she has a surprisingly fierce appetite for adventure (especially considering her apparently self-imposed exile) and she's extremely smart in a myriad of practical and philosophical fields.
Anyway, the movie runs along in a whimsical fairy-tale style. The simple surface conceals a more interesting philosophical bent: is it valuable to plan ahead? As such, the story — largely led by the plan crafted by Stephen — leads Bloom and Penelope on what should be a romantic and bond-forming adventure. But it's only in the fringe deviations from said plan that those things actually occur. I've found it's pretty much the same in life: it's no the planned trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park (7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott) that I remember as much as it is when Lucy ran her hysterical orbits through the muddy waters along the trail. It's the unplanned moments that make things worthwhile.
So … why plan?
And I think that's what The Brothers Bloom is getting at. To speak in music reviewer parlance, it's sort of Hudson Hawk meets Adaptation. meets The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: the lighthearted comedy and uneven production of the first, with the film-as-life-as-film metaphor of the second, and the attention to detail and understanding of fantasy of the third. It's not the best movie ever, but definitely worth a visit … hang in there the few times it really lags, and just have a good time with it.
Over at The Mez Café (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is thoughful spoken word poetry over avant-garde ambient music with Urknee and Bjürton Russell, NPV, and Toxic Shock.
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Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mez Café (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Old Friends: An evening of original poetry and music with Lee W. Brooks, and Laurence I. Sugarman.
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tian bian yi duo yun(The Wayward Cloud) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "Hsiao-kang and Shiang-chyi, the separated lovers of What Time Is it There? are reunited in Taipei, but there are new complications: Hsiao-kang has become a star of pornographic movies and the city is facing a serious water shortage which has caused the price of watermelons to skyrocket. While he still employs his patented style of deadpan humor, director Tsai adds colorfully outrageous musical numbers and explicit sex scenes to his palette for this absurdist and controversial comedy."
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, August 6, 2009 (Thu, Aug 6, 2009, 8/6/2009, or 8/6/09) Friday, August 7, 2009 (Fri, Aug 7, 2009, 8/7/2009, or 8/7/09) Saturday, August 8, 2009 (Sat, Aug 8, 2009, 8/8/2009, or 8/8/09) Sunday, August 9, 2009 (Sun, Aug 9, 2009, 8/9/2009, or 8/9/09) Monday, August 10, 2009 (Mon, Aug 10, 2009, 8/10/2009, or 8/10/09) Tuesday, August 11, 2009 (Tue, Aug 11, 2009, 8/11/2009, or 8/11/09) and Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (Wed, Aug 12, 2009, 8/12/2009, or 8/12/09).
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links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.