Hello folks, the title of my post isn’t meant to be anything philosophical. It’s simple really, today is my birthday 🙂
I was hoping to post my Inglourious Basterds review but I didn’t have enough time to finish it, and I kind of want to watch Adaptation that just arrived from Netflix. I realize there aren’t too many movies about birthdays. The most famous one is probably Sixteen Candles, that 1984 John Hughes classic about a girl whose 16th birthday didn’t turn out to be exactly what she expected. I guess I can relate. Nearly a couple of decades ago, I lost my mother on exactly my 16th birthday. In fact, one minute I was in the kitchen cutting cakes to bring to school the next day (it’s a cultural tradition where I came from), and the next we’re in the emergency room. Suffice to say, there was no candles nor cake that day, let alone some cute boy like Michael Schoeffling sitting across from me 😦
In any case, now that I think about it, there was one flick about birthdays that I remember liking. It’s called The Game, directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), about a wealthy businessman who gets a strange birthday present from his rebellious brother which turns out to be a live-action game that consumes his life. It starred Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, prior to his critically-acclaimed projects and Oscar win as he didn’t get top billing in the posters. If it had been released now, he’d surely be featured equally as Douglas.
Check out the trailer:
It’s a gripping mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. One twist after another kept you guessing the entire time, it’s like a giant puzzle packaged in a nifty thrill ride. Sure, it’s got plot holes the size of Texas, but Fincher’s a gifted filmmaker that pulls you just so that you’re willing to suspend your disbelief. But beneath all the action and bizarre sequences, it carries a message about appreciating one’s life and that the best things in life money can’t buy. Not a bad birthday message, don’t you think?