It surprised me to discover that recently released movies of some quality are available to watch in three Phnom Penh movie houses.
But banish any thoughts of desirable fare at conventional cinemas, which exist here in Phnom Penh seemingly to screen mainly combat, science fiction and action films of questionable merit and sometimes of recent vintage. (Actually, Noah was showing the week of its U.S. release.)
Before the Khmer Rouge horror, there were some 30 grand cinemas in Phnom Penh filled with cigarette smoke and rapt audiences. They are now gone, but for two that cling to their original intent. At least one is a nightmarish slum.
In a shopping mall, the Legend is one of three multiplexes as the place to go for overwrought fare in air-conditioned comfort and 3D. Among those “coming soon” as I drafted this post last month were Continue reading