Century Hotel (2001) from
Century Hotel marks the feature length film
debut of Canadian director David Weaver, who certainly showed no fear
in tackling this project. The entire film takes places in room 720 of
a Toronto hotel, and cuts nearly randomly among 7 different stories
chronicling each era from the early 20's to the turn of the century.
Each story has a very different visual style, which helps the viewer
orient himself to the different stories. Indeed, had they not done
that, the film would be impossible to follow.
- Briefly, the first and last story both star Lindy
Booth. In the first, she is a flapper who is the reluctant bride of a
rather unappealing businessman, and in the last segment, she is a Goth
type, intending to celebrate the millennium by ending it all.
- Story 2 has a Chinese mail order bride arriving to
marry a crime boss in the depression.
- Next, we have a WWII soldier returning home to his
best friend and his fiancee.
- Then a professor comes to look for his runaway wife
during the cold War 50s, and is the victim of a confidence scam.
- The 60's story is a reclusive rock star who has a
relationship with his maid.
- The 80's is the story of a hooker (Mia Kirshner)
and a man who form a bond, and meet for one night of wild sex every
Kirshner shows buns briefly, and breasts
frequently, but in nearly no light. The scenes appear to have
been shot with blue light, then further darkened. Lindy
Booth shows breasts in the 1920's segment in much more light.
|The cast is a who's who of the Canadian A
list. This project was very ambitious, and was made even more
difficult by the decision not to present each tale chronologically, but
was not completely unsuccessful.
|region 1 DVD only
available in Canada
The film was made for a mere $750k Canadian. Students
of film should see this, as it is fresh, and somewhat effective, but
it is a long watch, and I found I couldn't really get emotionally
involved in any of the seven stories the way the film jumped around.
It is not a film for the masses, but some of you will want to look for
- with their dollars: Canadian gross:
750,000 beaver bucks
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C.
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