In a small Southern California town, a virus spreads quickly and suddenly through the local college. It begins with a young woman returning to her dorm to sleep off a night of partying, but the next day she can’t be woken. She is trapped in a perpetual state of sleep, unable to perform the daily tasks necessary to live. Soon, another student falls asleep and can’t be roused, then another. The school is quarantined and the sleeping students are taken to the hospital to be cared for and monitored. With little information being shared and so many of their friends succumbing to the sleeping sickness, the detained students decide to escape, and the now-airborne illness starts to spread across the community.
Through the perspectives of the characters in the story we watch the events of the outbreak unfold: there are two escaped students, dedicated to helping the afflicted by picking up their sleeping bodies and delivering them to makeshift hospital camps; a couple with a newborn baby, fearful every time she takes a nap it will be her last; a big city psychiatrist brought in to understand the illness, who discovers the strange, highly active dreaming state of the sleepers’ brains.
The Dreamers is not a typical deadly plague/apocalyptic novel; there are no zombies, no blood and gore, no uprising of citizens in the face of catastrophe. Walker’s prose is dreamlike and lyrical, the characters are thought-provoking and insightful, it’s easy to place yourself in their shoes. The Dreamers is a book about everyday people, about reality, dreams, parallel lives and defining what it means to be alive.
In this sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eggsy is now a full-fledged Kingsman, and due to be married. However, a powerful drug cartel called the Golden Circle has it in for the Service, and they target Eggsy as their way in. After a perfectly executed series of attacks leaves the Kingsmen decimated, the remaining members travel to the United States to seek help from their American counterparts, the Statesmen. The two agencies join forces and try to stop the Golden Circle’s plans to hold the world hostage.
This movie is pretty good for what it is, with lots of action and some humour thrown in. Julianne Moore plays Poppy Adams, the leader of the Golden Circle, and she delivers a terrific and campy over-the-top performance. Elton John has a cameo in the film, and his scenes really steal the show. Other than these two elements, this is just a plus-size version of the first movie- bigger explosions, more action, and a longer running time. Not that this is a problem; this is purely a popcorn movie that is meant to entertain and not deliver any message or emotional weight at all. I enjoyed it, but there’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and the 141 minute running time might be a tad long for some.
In a nutshell: Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun romp of a sequel that delivers much the same as the first one; if you liked that, you’ll like this.
The 18th annual Frederick Art Walk is taking place on Saturday November 10 starting at 10:00 AM.
This tradition began in 1994 with one artist in one house. Several years later, in 2000, it expanded to include a few other nearby artists and became an art walk. Now it has grown to include 27 different locations, each with multiple artists.
The Frederick Art Walk has a wide variety of talents on display. There are artists who cover all sorts of art mediums: paint, fibre, glass, jewellery, pottery, preserves, soap, metalwork, and so many more. A full listing of the houses and artists is available on the Frederick Art Walk website. Kitchener has many amazing artists and this is a great way to see some beautiful art and support our talented community.
You can also pick up a passport for the walk, and receive stamps for each location visited. These passports can be submitted for a chance to win prizes that have been donated by the artists who are participating in the art walk.
The 1950s were a golden age of musicals being adapted for the big screen and produced such hits as Singing in the Rain, The King and I, Funny Face and White Christmas. Amongst those movies, Guys and Dolls, is an iconic musical adaptation that paired serious actors with jazzy music numbers, which remain popular to this day.
Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) is searching for a place to run an illegal dice gambling game while avoiding marrying his longtime fiancée Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine). To secure his coveted illicit spot, he has to lay down a $1000 and being a renowned gambler, he makes a bet to win the money.
Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) takes on Nathan’s bet to take a missionary Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) to Havana. Sky had always breezed through life not caring if Lady Luck was on his side, until he starts to fall for Sarah while trying to win the bet. Sarah does not have time for a gambler; she is preoccupied trying to rescue the Save-A-Soul mission in Broadway from closing due to low attendance. However, Sky has the ultimate ace up his sleeve: who better to provide the sinners she needs?
While the plot feels contrived by today’s standards, where the film really shines is the musical score and its inherent ability to develop characters through song. The film highlights the difference in relationships with beautifully arranged duets. Sarah and Sky’s “I’ll Know” explores how to know when the right person comes along, while Adelaide and Nathan’s “Sue Me” illustrates a relationship where promises have been repeatedly broken and long-term commitment is not expressed. Even “Marry the Man Today” between Adelaide and Sarah delves into a belief that people can be changed after marriage to be better versions of themselves.
I will be honest with you. The plot and attitudes to relationships are timestamped in a different era. Nevertheless, I always seem to forgive the film because the music is phenomenal if you love a good Broadway tune. I always recommend Sky’s “Luck Be a Lady” where he puts everything on the line with Lady Luck to make good on a promise to Sarah. This song may be stuck in your head for days. You are welcome.
To watch Guys and Dolls on DVD, click here. Don’t have time to watch a movie? Listen to the soundtrack here.
-Amanda, Information Services
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