For your weekend entertainment
A couple of weeks ago, I made a half-assed commitment to review the Children of Men DVD once I’d had a chance to examine its extra features. The movie, as I reported in January, is brilliant. But the DVD extras are somewhat disappointing. There is no feature-length commentary of any kind, and that certainly would have been appropriate for this film. There are a few unremarkable deleted scenes. The short “making of” documentaries do a good job with what little they offer, but they mostly whet your appetite for more, which will likely be presented down the road on an inevitable “Special Edition” DVD. The hotly anticipated “The Possibility of Hope” featurette, directed by Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, is not much more than 30 minutes of social critics and philosophers blathering about why — well, shit — there really is no possibility of hope; ironically, the movie is a tad more optimistic than this documentary. All in all, though, I think Children of Men is worth repeat viewings, and for that reason, I recommend adding the DVD to your film library.
My best purchase of the past few days, though, is a British double-CD import called Last Flight. It’s a live full-concert recording of Jefferson Airplane’s final appearance at Winterland in