So the loonie store at Haney Place Mall brought in a bunch of $1 DVDs the other week (maybe they're actually $1.25 or $1.50, but cheap). Among them were two films I admired: Richard Linklater's Bernie, and Rodrigo Cortes' Red Lights. The latter is an intelligent and well-made, if somewhat manipulative, thriller about CSICOP-type investigators, played by Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, who run into problems when investigating a cunning, Uri Geller-type psychic (played by Robert DeNiro). It has a mere 29% on R/T, and was a box office failure, but quickly vanished from the loonie store table. I should imagine that anyone who picked it up had never heard of it before, since it only briefly flickered in theatres; no doubt, Maple Ridge being what it is, the presence of a few name stars alone was enough to convince them to check it out. I would further hazard a guess that when they took it home and watched it, they were pleased; it certainly gives you a buck-and-something's worth of entertainment, and proves to be exactly the sort of crisply-realized genre film it promises to be (if not a whole lot more)..
Well, guess what? I went back to the loonie store the other day. All the Red Lights were long gone, but there were still a few copies of Bernie on their display table. Curious if there were any other titles to be perused, asked if there was a section on the shelves where other DVDs were hiding.
Indeed, there was. This is what I found when I got there: