I guess studying and working with film has conditioned me a bit, but going to the cinema is one of my favourite city-life things to do. I don't drink, I rarely "go out", I don't do dinner parties or any type of parties. I rarely go shopping or other activities where you spend money on leisure things. Except going to the cinema, I lo-o-ove going to the movies. I'm willing to spend money on it seeing as I don't spend money on much else (except food. And overpriced coffee).
I've been in Vancouver a week now and we've managed to go to two different cinemas seeing two different films (duh!). Since they were particularly good I thought I'd write about them! Not just the films, but the venues itself. Wish I took photos but I did not.
First one we went to was Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas. The cineplex gets 2/5 stars! Plastic seats, not really a cozy atmosphere. It was okay, I just expect more from a giant cinema? It was also pricey. But anyway, money aside. I watched:
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)
Directed by Luca Guadagnino (a genius?) starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet (godsend?). I remember being in love. More specifically the early stages of being in love, where lust is bigger than love. This film portraits just that. When you want something that you "shouldn't", but decide to throw yourself into deep waters anyway. When you can't figure out why you want this particular person with all their obvious flaws. How do you proceed when attraction takes over, when you have to act on it? The balance between that. Is just so. Satisfying. It's so. Hot? Call Me By Your Name is filled with emotion, raw emotion. Of lust, desire but also honest and true love. I haven't seen someone act as good as Chalamet since. I don't know when? The work he does in this film is simply magical. Out of this world. I want to live in Call Me By Your Name forever. If you think that you've forgotten what it's like to feel what it's like to D E S I R E someone so intensely that you don't know what you do with yourself, don't worry. This film got you covered. Should win all the Oscars. Just take my money and get me the physical copy please.
The second venue we went to was the classic Rio Theatre, a hipster's paradise where beer in a plastic cup is more popular than Coke (making a general statement here, I actually don't know if this is true). I usually don't like going to theatres, I want the screen right in my face almost being emerged in the film itself. I get annoyed by the stage space in front of the screen at theatres. But anyway, comparing it to the Cineplex I was amazed at the comfortability of Rio. There was a warmer feeling here, a genuine interest of culture. Rio gets 4/5 stars! Don't worry, I'm not seriously in the business of rating every cinema venue I go to. I'd just like how the two ones I've been to so far were so different, it's worth to note down. I watched:
THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017)
Directed by Sean Baker starring Brooklyn Prince (wonderchild?), Bria Vinaite (where have you been before this?) and William Dafoe (is there any role this man can't play? How is this the same guy that was in Antichrist?). For you who didn't know: Sean Baker really broke out in 2015 with his film Tangerine, all shot on an iPhone. Similar to Tangerine, this film focus on characters we often forget about. Characters some of us don't want to hear about because they make us uncomfortable. We think we know all about them anyway, and our prejudice suggests to us that we have nothing in common with these characters. Well, think again I guess. This is why books/films are so important; they make us realize that in order to have a connection with someone you don't have to come from the same background / live the same type of life.
The film follows Moonee (Prince) who lives with her mother Halley (Vinaite) in a motel managed by Bobby (Dafoe) "close to Disneyland", except it's far from the magical capitalistic wonderland. With great, absurd (realistic) sets, Baker gives us a colourful version of a Banksy world that looks completely made up - except it's real. The people that live here are real, their stories and struggles are real. It's a film about parenthood, friendship, and prejudgements. If you saw American Honey, it would give you an indication of what this film's about. I also thought of one of my favourite films The Beasts of the Southern Wild. Magical realism at its finest. The cinematography is mesmerising, and so is the acting of Prince particularly. I fell in love with Bobby, who's an inspiration to us all but is not without his own flaws. If you didn't cry at the end of The Florida Project I'm not sure you're doing life right. What a gem of a film.