Some days you get up early, grab a coffee, and walk down to the theatre when it is -12 degrees so that you can watch Moonlight and write a column about it. Some days, when you attempt this manoeuvre, it turns out that Moonlight has not been delivered by courier yet, and so you lie on the couch and stare at the ceiling, wondering where your life went wrong. Very much like the art of trailer placement that I mentioned, there is also an art to writing about something you have not had the chance to see yet.
If you talk to me for more than a few minutes, it is almost certain the topic of my curiosity about isolated islands will come up in conversation. Not visiting them, mind you, as I don’t enjoy travelling, but thinking about them and what they must be like to inhabit. I am looking forward to virtual reality one day bridging this gap, so that I too may experience the wind-swept desolation of remote locales by donning goggles in my apartment.
We have an amazing lineup of films for this final month of the year: Andrea Arnold’s new one, American Honey plays for only three screenings next week. As is my way, I watched her earlier works, Red Road, Fishtank, and Wuthering Heights over the past few days in anticipation. Arnold shot this one in 4:3 aspect ratio, meaning the image on screen looks practically square, leaving significant unprojected space on the left and right sides.
Now Playing / Closing December 22
Nadine and Krista are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together…until Nadine discovers her older brother and Krista have been secretly dating behind her back. They soon realize that there is a fine line between best friends and worst enemies.
Closing March 15
The life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown (a working-class fishing village) to take care of his teenage nephew. Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
Closing February 16
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team lead by expert linguist Louise (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
The Handmaiden, for all its glory, is the type of film I would have accidentally watched with my parents as a teenager, as I did with Reservoir Dogs. Do you remember that eerie dinner table scene in Pan’s Labrynth? This tone pervades the entirety of The Handmaiden, and it makes for a gleeful—if chronically unsettling—tension that unwinds itself over two hours and twenty minutes.
It must be that time of year—dark and cold, life obviously on the downslope. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that reality has begun to resemble a “bad movie” as of late? There is zero chance I would pay money to watch a movie based on the year 2016, mainly because the plot is comically improbable.
The end of October was really something—projectors acting funny, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Exorcist—and I have felt too tired lately to watch much in the way of movies (except Snowden). I am mainly in research mode, in other words, preparing for stuff coming down the entertainment pipeline. And this means that I am reading lots, going for walks late at night to get donuts, and taking photos.
Monday November 28 & Wednesday November 30
Over the past 20 summers, the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees fleeing wars, violence, and drought in Africa. This riveting documentary captures several intense months on the island during the thick of the 2015 humanitarian crisis.
Italian with English subtitles.