Cineplex theaters in Phnom Penh

We used to treat ourselves to a trip to Bangkok just to see a movie on the big screen. I remember we twice checked out the local Khmer films. They sold fruit instead of popcorn, which was nice. But the air con was poor, the sound quality was horrible, and conversations including mobile phone calls were rampant. Once, about halfway or more through the film, the reel unexpectedly stopped and they started it right back at the beginning. Only the three or so foreigners sitting in the theater looked around, baffled, while everyone else seemed fine with it. It was not the theater experience we're used to. But now we have two very nice cineplex theaters in the Penh! Seats are big, screen and sound quality is great, and they even start on time! … [Read more...]

Movie rave: Hurt Locker

We just saw Hurt Locker, a film by Kathryn Bigelow about an American bomb squad in Baghdad 2004. It's a great movie that centers on the intense daily routines of Sgt Will James lead expert on disposing improvised explosive devices, and his company. You gotta see it cuz it's billed as the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War. Here's why I bring it up: There's a part where James is back home after duty, picking up cereal at the grocery store. In the scene he looks up one side of the cereal aisle and down the other, paralysed by the endless options. This is how I feel every time I come home. A quick trip to the store is never simple when your choices are endless. Green tea yogurt antibacterial wash? Pomegranate mango Purell? … [Read more...]