Since returning from Hot Docs a couple of weeks ago, my movie-going has been light, from a volume perspective.
A few things I did want to note, though.
This weekend alone, I've had a diverse film intake consisting of a Rooftop Films short program, The Avengers, the 1935 Hitchcock spy drama The 39 Steps and then this morning Polisse.
It was my first Rooftop Films program of the year, and I ventured all the way to east 23rd Street for it. Which if you know me, is quite a distance for this staunch west-sider (sad, I know). These shorts were not for me. Maybe it was the obnoxious people chit-chatting behind me, or the unexpectedly cool air causing my teeth to chatter. But, I think it was more the quality of the shorts. Bizarre, pointless, anti-climactic. Maybe I'm a philistine. But... I left early to catch The Avengers finally at Kips Bay.
I know I see a lot of littler movies but I have absolutely nothing against a blockbuster like this. Spiderman, X-Men - I love these movies. And their sequels (though never the third for some reason). Though I don't have any emotional connection to the comic books, that is, I didn't grow up to with these characters, I can still find something to enjoy in a good superhero movie. I am perfectly happy to call The Avengers a good superhero movie. Glad I saw it, wish I hadn't fallen asleep through about twenty minutes in the middle, won't probably buy the DVD, will certainly see the sequel. <shrug> No complaints.
I may not have mentioned that I've booked four days in Seattle for the Seattle International Film Festival. It's not technically my first time at SIFF since I did take in one screening of Bartleby (with Crispin Glover) maybe ten years ago. Nevertheless I'll feel like a total newbie and am looking forward to seeing movies AND discovering a few good bars, restaurants, crafty gifty type stores, coffee shops, etc. I am staying in Belltown and I have a car so, the sky is the limit in terms of adventure times. Should be fun.
Worth mentioning here, while I'm rambling, is a super annoying thing that happened this morning at the IFC Center. I arrived at 10:50 for my 10:55 AM movie and when I went in to grab a seat, I found the lights off, and a movie playing. Subtitles and all. I came back out to the lobby and said "did you tell me the wrong theater? There's already a movie playing there." The usher said no, that's where Polisse was showing, and it must be the trailers. So I went back in, took a seat, and was like that's weird, it's in French, and showing a cop and a kid. Sounds like Polisse, but that isn't meant to start for another five minutes. I go back out and again they tried to tell me it was the pre-show. I went back in one more time and was even more convinced. I finally went out a third time and they agreed that they'd started the movie early accidentally, and they re-started it.
I get that things happen. Just last weekend, a movie started 30 minutes late. But I don't like that it took me three times to convince them that the movie had started early. Do I not go there two or three times a week? Should I not clearly know the difference between the pre-show and the actual movie? The lights were off. The door was shut. This is not my first rodeo, folks. Oh well.
Later tonight I will see The Dictator, finally. So ready to laugh after the heaviness of Polisse!