Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category
During the holidays “Slumdog Millionaire” was given national distribution, which means that I finally got to see it. I, like many others, endured the lines to get into the multiplex but most people were there to see the new Clint Eastwood film, Gran Torino or the many other Hollywood Christmas releases. Slumdog is a special film and I hope more people get to see it. It certainly has all the 2009 award buzz. There is lots to like about this movie, from the colorful scenes, the use of subtitles and the way the story is told. It is a world, unfamiliar to me, trapped inside a love story that is both entertaining and beautiful. It explores some of the history of this part of the world which has dominated the news recently. Made me curious and thankful for my own blessing. This is a big screen movie so don’t wait until DVD.
Can some explain why we are bombarded with information that neither educates or propels our vision. We are served up the same old same oh stuff. We pay for things that are free and feel good about it. We love people who apologize, we adore them when they go to jail and we hate them when they get out. We feel we have made a contribution when a nobody (meaning nobody we know) wins A.I., cause we phoned in our vote (also not free).
Currently there are about 90 people running for President of the United States and all are asked beauty contest questions, and you can see their eyes search for the answer that Paris Hilton would give, cause that would certainly be the right answer.
If we need to be entertained, go to a play, see a good movie, go to a museum or a little league game but don’t watch the news, cause it’s not new or free.
I like the buzz from the Independent film festivals. The Golden Globe, The Film Critics Awards and the Oscars feel like last years stuff, and it is. These Indie films, most times, provide dialog, mystery, intrigue and acting, things that some of the big movies try to avoid. Here is a fellow bloggers Pre-view of Sundance, got my attention. Also check out NYINDIESEEN
This must mean something!! We have all gone to the movies and watched those trivia questions and thought that we were smart because we knew the answers. As they rolled by we would mumble the answer quickly, pretending we were on Jeopardy. One of the questions recently was a true or false:
"Was the real Mona Lisa used in the filming of the DaVinci Code"?
The answer will surprise you.
"False, the crew was not allowed to shine lights on the Original Print".
I am big fan of Robert Altman and I think Garrison Keillor is brilliant (I listen often to APHC, so there), I love Ms. Streep and of course the great Dina Goldman, Cybel's good friend. I totally enjoyed, I think to the amazement of my fellow movie goers.
I am finding that I like to see movies that don't have people all dressed in black with slick hair and where nobody gets shot 200 times, nor do they get blown up or cut in half with leasers. No I've not lost my identity nor am I getting old. Its just more fun laughing these days.
For Some reason I wanted to see the Oscars. I had not seen most of the movies, preferring to wait until they come out on DVD, (“cause its hard out here” period) and I could not cheer for my favorites, other then Crash. There was a lot of chit chat about the best place to see movies was at the movie house, but just about everyone has a big screen, a dimer switch and can make popcorn. So I wonder what is the reason for going to the theater. It used to be a cheap date, but no longer. Its not to watch the commercials that you ignore at home.
I can remember a time when you could listen to people as they left the movie talking “what did you think” “wasn’t it beautiful” “when did you figure out who did it” stuff like that. We were all on the same trip and sometimes you would find out what you had missed, didn’t understand or what you agreed/disagreed with. Now I float out into the lobby where there are hundreds of people, most of them having just seen a different movie, no community. I am not longing for the old days (Karl Lagerfeld says the good old days where not as good as think) but I find it interesting how we have changed.