THE MOSQUITO COAST (1986)

Posted in THE LUNCH MOVIE CHRONICLES: The original e-mail announcements that were sent through our office the evening before we rolled a Lunch Movie on October 29th, 2009 by Jim Delaney


From June 20, 2008

Directed by Peter Weir, Produced by Saul Zaentz, Written by Paul Schrader, starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren & River Phoenix.

Allie Fox (Ford) is an inventor who loves America too much to watch it go down the tube, a direction in which he believes his nation is irrevocably heading. He moves his family from the American corn belt to the Amazon rainforest, with the goal of building a communal utopia. Allie’s biggest enemy in the rainforest is not a Christian missionary, with whom he clashes at every opportunity, but his own megalomaniacal tendencies. Can a family build Eden with their father thinks he is God?

THE MOSQUITO COAST was the second partnership of Weir and Ford, following WITNESS, which earned Ford his only Oscar nomination. As ambitious as WITNESS was for a star whom audiences expect to always play a matinee hero, THE MOSQUITO COAST is as far as Ford has ever pushed himself. Allie is an off-the-reservation, gone-native certified nut-case. Ford plays him as a man who is 100% convinced that he is right.

It’ll finish Thursday.
Love, Jim
TRAILER: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi82903321/
It’s not a very good trailer, but it’s all IMDB offers.

AFTER THOUGHT from 10.29.09
I have not read Paul Theroux’s 1982 novel on which THE MOSQUITO COAST was based. As a story, the film could arguably seen as a reaction to Reaganomics and the decline of the working class. In one of the more memorably un-Ford moments, Allie bitterly and sarcastically berates the owner of a hardware store not only for carrying merchandise made in China, but for not even stocking the supplies Allie needs for his next invention. Allie reasons that, if Americans still respected innovation, the get-your-hands-dirty jobs where progress occurs would not be sent overseas.

While these concerns make for a very 1980’s story, the film would have been equally at home among the more character-driven movies of the 70’s. This is not so much a beginning, middle and end tale as it is a psychological and spiritual trip for a man at odds with everything he sees. Many films resort to devices like dream sequences to explore this territory. THE MOSQUITO COAST instead uses exquisite photography by John Seale, of a wide open jungle teaming with life but mostly barren of humanity, to make its metaphors.

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BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT (2008)

Posted in THE LUNCH MOVIE CHRONICLES: The original e-mail announcements that were sent through our office the evening before we rolled a Lunch Movie on October 25th, 2009 by Jim Delaney


From Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Featuring the voices of Kevin Conroy, Gary Dourdan, David MacCallum, Parminder Nagra and Ana Ortiz.

How did Batman pass his time between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT? He earned his striped battling Scarecrow, Deathshot and Killer Croc! 5 Anime directors teamed with 6 writers (including nerd legends Alan Burnett and David Goyer, and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE writer Josh Olson) to create 6 interlocking stories on the continuing education of a millionaire crimefighter.

It’ll finish Thursday.
Love, Jim
BAT-TASTIC TRAILER: http://www.warnervideo.com/batmangothamknight/

AFTER THOUGHT on 10.25.09
We ran GOTHAM KNIGHT in the days before THE DARK NIGHT opened. Considering how hyped and anticipated the feature was, I was surprised at the low turn-out for the animated companion. Those who showed up almost unanimously enjoyed certain stories more than others. We all agreed the variety of animation was all extremely cool. I do not feel this film adds anything crucial to THE DARK KNIGHT, but if you grew up listening to Kevin Conroy’s voice on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, these new stories will be a welcome rush of nostalgia.

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