Sunday, February 11, 2007


We went to see Volver (**** Very good)...

The new movie at the Pageant Theater, is Volver.  It's funny, but not a comedy.  It's a drama, but not sad.  We liked it a lot, even though my reading speed is slow.  (I missed the end of a few of those Spanish subtitles.)

I can't really say what the story is about without misleading you about the movie.  There are ghosts, sisters, daughters and mothers, dead husbands, and more.  The writer and director, Pedro Almodovar, is Spanish.  He has a great sense of humor in the face of some serious family drama.  Maybe it has something to do with working in post-Franco Spain, or maybe he's just an irreverent fellow with a love of color and laughter.

Penelope Cruz is a terrific lead, and the rest of the cast is full of good people you don't normally see in the U.S.

Go see it.

About the Pageant Theater, all I want to say is I'm grateful it is in Chico.  Compared to the local mega-screen place, the Pageant is a pleasure to visit.  They don't have any commercials to sit through before the previews start.  They don't warn you to turn off your phone (and there were no phone sounds during the movie).  There is a brief intermission during the movie when they stop to rewind and load the next reel of film.  I'm getting used to that.  Popcorn and a bottle of water was $3, less than half what it would cost at the mega-place.

... and they show good movies!!!

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