Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A day at the races

A day at the races. No, it was not this 1937 Marx Brothers film in the Edwards Movie theatres of Mission Viejo, California, USA, but a day at the movies seeing a film called “Primeval”. After a relaxed sashimi lunch with a bottle of Norwegian water in a Japanese restaurant nearby, “Primeval” became the film to see because it was the first one to start. Therefore it was a film to see by chance. An interesting approach because it offers the opportunity to witness what mainstream USA goes and sees. Not what a person with a particular interest or taste chooses to see.
Outside the movie theatre was a panel with the movie descriptions. The synopsis of “Primeval”:
In one of the most remote places on Earth, a serial killer has claimed over 300 victims, and is still at large. This horror-thriller follows an American news crew determined to capture this terrifying murderer alive. The danger begins as producer Tim Freeman (Dominic Purcell), cameraman Steve Johnson (Orlando Jones) and their rag-tag team set out on a journey up-river in search of their subject. But the deeper they probe into the mystery of this elusive assassin, the deadlier their trip becomes.

To unveil the mysteries of this film: this most remote place on Earth is Burundi. And the terrifying murderer is a crocodile. Besides that, it is also a very bad film. Touching ground with stupidity. What was keeping the accidental viewer in the movie theatre was the performance of Brooke Langton. A 36-year-old actress from Arizona and a marine biologist who is stunning in her presence ignoring the low status of the film.
Of course the film was not made in Burundi at all. That is not exactly a country where a Hollywood film crew could find their ideal circumstances to work. So, the film was made in South Africa and partly financed with money of the South African Government.
Several Hollywood films were made recently in low cost countries like Hungary and now South Africa.
Many Hollywood films are about investing as little as possible and having a return as high as the Himalayas.
The movie was shown to only one person. Like a private viewing. Obviously not a very successful movie.

In Edwards Movie Theatre the restrooms were visited. These are rooms not to rest but to relieve oneself. The innocent European noticed urinals were installed for small boys as well.
How nice they were thinking of kids also, the naive European said to his American friend.
Those low urinals are not for kids at all, replied the American friend.
They are for fellows with extremely long penises.

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