Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Non-Blockbusters at The Regal Village Square

I have previously written about Niels Arden Oplev's movie adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I notice that it's still playing at the The Regal Village Square theaters here in Las Vegas.

I strongly urge everyone to see it. It's a great movie, and your time & money are better spent watching Oplev's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (which stars the incredible Noomi Rapace) than they are on some piece of crap like Iron Man 2. (Or The Losers.)

Plus, I hear that an American adaptation is in the works, which kind of horrifies me. Look at what Christopher Nolan has done to Insomnia (the bloated, too-bright wreck starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank). I know Nolan is a Hollywood darling because of what he's done with the Batman franchise, and I am a fan of Memento. But the original, Norwegian Insomnia, starring Stellan Skarsgard, is a masterpiece of noir filmmaking. It needs no improvement for American audiences.

Now, I'm no eurocentric purist. I see & enjoy my share of crappy, domestic blockbusters, believe me. And I've seen Iron Man 2, so I know what I'm talking about there. But non-blockbusters like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or A Single Man (which I've also reviewed) need our patronage, too, if only to keep a little fiber in our diets.

Another non-blockbuster deserving of your patronage is City Island, which is also currently playing The Regal Village Square. It's a comedy starring Andy Garcia & Julianna Margulies set in a loudly dysfunctional household in an island fishing village next to the Bronx. It's far more entertaining & romantic than The Back-up Plan, I assure you.

The Regal Village Square is, I guess, what passes for art-house cinema in Las Vegas -- a venue where movies with smaller distributions get to go up against blockbusters. I applaud the management of this particular venue, and I hope it has continued success in broadening the selection of movies available to the Las Vegas audience.

Do yourself a favor. Peel yourself off the couch and head over to The Regal Village Square to check out a movie that's not a blockbuster. My guess is, you'll enjoy it.

1 comment:

  1. What I don't understand, and haven't for years, is why we haven't been able to support a full on art house theater. Just one! I wish Village Square wasn't halfway across town but at least it's something.