karaokegal (karaokegal) wrote,

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What's playing at the Roxie? I'll tell you what's playing at the Roxie. (Movie Reviews)

One of the coolest things about my neighborhood is the Roxie Movie Theater , which currently has two very interesting documentaries showing.

Last week we saw All In This Tea , which is about, you guessed it, tea. A little history and sociology, but specifically this guy traveling in China to get the best organic tea to import for his company and all the b.s. he has to go through there. It's a little bit Link TV but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

If tea isn't your thing, there's always Helvetica . Yes, a documentary about a typeface. The whole history of the typeface from it's creation to it's prevalence during the 60's and 70's. Includes art, sociology, pop-culture, etc. Mostly talking heads with German accents and some visuals, but really, really interesting.

Meanwhile, back at the Multi-plex: Sweeney Tood

Beautifully done, visually, musically, etc. I've never been a big Helena Bonham Carter fan but she was BORN to play the role and completely owns and inhabits it. Alan Rickman is (as always) superb and hearing him sing is like a gift. Sasha Barton Cohen was delightfully over the top. It's strange that although Johnny Depp's performance is amazing, it's actually the most low-key one in the movie. (And was I the only one for whom the make up reminded me a bit of Edward Scissorhands, as though he and Tim Burton were going back to the beginning of their association?)

My only quibble was the cartoonishness of the bloodshed. It kind of reminded me of the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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