It is a casual gesture – but when John Malkovich grabs a poker to stoke a fire warming his palatial estate, he also grabs filmgoers by issuing a sinister yet off-hand threat to Ray Winstone: "Do you want to tell me what you want, or do you want a truffling pig to find you dead in a month or two?"
The films Dark City and The Cell have a few things in common: 1) they are both among Roger Ebert’s favorite films (more on that below); and 2) each one is part of a rare film type where its characters – as well as its audience – are thrust into a strange world beyond their immediate comprehension.
Readers and Cineastes assemble! The Kansas City Public Library brings together a great read and its equally great film adaptation for one sprawling conversation when the Read It / Watch It Discussion Group tackles P.D. James’ The Children of Men on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch.