August 23rd, 2005

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"The March of the Penguins" features, death, dying and hope...

"The March of the Penguins" has been the most successful documentary since Michael Moore's terrorist recruitment movie, "Fahrenheit 911." While "The March of the Penguins" has been promoted as a Mutual of Omaha's feel good Wild Kingdom, parents bringing their children have found otherwise.

The issue is about death and dying. Three baby penguins are shown frozen to death. One mother penguin is eaten by a seal that brought back memories of Bambi's mother being shot in the forest. Grief is witnessed by both mother and father penguins.

Despite these brutal and heartbreaking scenes, "The March of the Penguins" is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Given that this lonely life is sustained in this frozen desert, one becomes aware of the existence of God in this arid world.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Pick the "Virgin" over the "Gigolo"!

Despite his top billing status for the past 10 years,
Jim Carrey movies rely on an ensemble or character
actors. One of the funniest bits in "Bruce
Almighty" featured actor Steve Carell as a possessed
anchorman. As "The 40-year-Old Virgin" Carell gets
top billing and allows his supporting cast to shine
also.

Quiet, shy Andy (Carell) rides his bicycle to work at
the local technology store. He works in a stockroom
and supports the sales staff. After inviting Andy to
a night of poker, the sales staff learns that Andy is
a virgin. These new found friends decide to deflower
Andy and set him up with horny females. After some
disastrous dates with giggling girls and vomiting
females, Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener), a single
Mom with teen aged children.

There are some raunchy moments to "The 40 Year Old
Virgin" and the language is a bit salty. Sadly there
is a bonding sequence involving apple smoking that
initiates Andy into this fellowship of friendship.
However there is a heart to the characters in this
movie. There are no stock arch villains, but annoying
people who receive their comedic comeuppance.

Unlike the extreme characters from his previous movies
or his television show "The Office," Carell finds
a way to make Andy a well rounded person. Adding a
serious actress like Catherine Keener provides the
film with an additional depth. By creating this
reality bond with the audience, "The 40 Year Old Virgin"
can easily veer into surreal comedic moments that
are forgivable and funny.