Review: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

disappearance_of_alice_creed_0730.JPGDecent enough little thriller. No great shakes, but probably worth a rental if you're interested. Click here for the review. Unrelated: This was the second screening I've attended in Houston where the movie in question featured a gay relationship, and thus the second screening at which audience members let out groans and jeers at the presentation of same-sex affection. Now, I know it would be unfair and inaccurate to act as if what happened at these screenings was indicative of the city as a whole. I've got a growing network of friends and acquaintances here, some of them gay, none of them homophobic. But it's still a shock to hear this stuff. It's a disturbing and seriously heartbreaking reminder of how far we have to collectively go before things get better. Plus also on a purely technical note: Why go see a movie featuring gay people when you don't like them? Is the allure of a free screening sponsored by a radio station or newspaper so great that you're willing to slightly tamp down your homophobia just to go to the theater? That can't be it, because these people clearly were determined to keep grumbling their displeasure at the sight of two gay people kissing or saying "I love you." If you're not going to be okay with it or even hide your anger, why go? When I got home from the theater, I tweeted my displeasure here, here, here, and here. The AMC Helps account saw my tweets and asked if they could help, but I said that short of curing homophobia in the South, there wasn't much that came to mind. Of course, I wasn't even at an AMC when it happened, but an Edwards, so they're off the hook anyway.