Today is the Autumnal Equinox, which roughly means that day and night are roughly equal in length. It also marks the beginning of Fall, or, as we like to say around The Screening Room, the absolute best time for movies. This period stretches from about now until the beginning of March, and it is generally the opposite of bloated blockbuster season…
My phone has been a total wreck for the past nine months, and yesterday it gave up the ghost for good. Talk about disorienting. Strangely enough, I have been thinking about being without a phone for a week as a virtual vacation of sorts. And here I am, not even a Millennial, feeling awfully disconnected from the things. Unconscionable!
One of the first lessons I learned at this job was that if you can clearly hear movie dialogue while working in the lobby, there is a good chance we are playing the film too loud. You may be surprised to discover, as I was, that volume is not a universal setting in digital cinema. It depends on the movie. For a while I have heard the most alarming sounds—an abominable shrieking—emanating from the theatre where Florence Foster Jenkins was playing, and so yesterday afternoon I decided to investigate.
Follow Jeff on Twitter: @cinematicaland Fall is my favourite season, even though I tend to come unravelled this time of of year. Of course, I realize it is not even technically Fall for another few weeks, there is still something to the transition between August and September that feels monumental. And melancholy, lots of melancholy. I am sure that psychoanalysis would have a word or two to say about the origin of this: going back to school, the tail end of the life-cycle (for now), nightfall coming earlier and earlier in the day. Whenever I am forced to acknowledge that … Read more…
Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches. Through a series of provocative conversations, he explores the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and within our innermost personal relationships.
Based on the best-seller by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man’s relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live. Hebrew language with English subtitles.
Closing October 13
Two brothers – Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-laced and divorced father trying to provide for his son, and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con – rob branch after branch of the bank that’s foreclosing their family land. The pair seem to be getting away with their calculated crimes until they reach the radar of a foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), who’s determined to crack one last case before he retires.
Closing September 29
Jake is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tonyat his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s father and Tony’s mother threatens to become contentious.
All this is to set-up the fact that I saw Absolutely Fabulous on my own last Monday morning, and I did not know what to make of it. To be fair, I didn’t even realize Ab Fab meant before seeing it in the flesh. I grew up in Northern Ontario in a border town, so my childhood was flush with American television channels during the 80s and 90s.
One of the only activities I like to do more than watch stuff on screens, is to read. Not that I necessarily have to pick. Occasionally I try to meld these practices together—the reading and the viewing—so at the moment I’m reading about Reinhard Heydrich in anticipation of seeing Anthropoid, which will play at The Screening Room before too long.
“Throughout Resnais’ work we plunge into a memory which overflows the conditions of psychology, memory for two, memory for several,” insists Deleuze. This notion of being lost in thought is a crucial feature of Resnais’ world. Indeed, one can immediately perceive this plunging process at work in Hiroshima Mon Amour, which begins with the passionate entanglement of two bodies, covered in ash, at other times in moisture.
Closing September 1
A new film from Woody Allen: In the 1930s, a young Bronx native (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his powerful uncle (Steve Carrell), an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.