My Life as a Courgette

I was the only person in the Wimbledon HMVCurzon cinema – a first for me! That wasn’t too surprising as it was a lovely sunny day and it would have been lunchtime for most people.

Incidentally, an air-conditioned cinema on a hot day can feel uncomfortably cold.

As for the film, it’s s 66 minute, sub-titled, stop-motion animation. Set mainly in a small orphanage, it’s OK, it’s cute and it has a happy ending, but I can’t say I was as impressed as the critics. It didn’t help that it was so cold – brrr.

With 25 minutes to spare before my return train, I entered Copperfield Books, a very cramped but large, second-hand bookshop and came away with three novels. It’s well worth a visit as well as a repeat visit.

Nobody sits in the front row out of choice!

The cinema has 108 seats and there were just a dozen patrons waiting to see the subtitled film. So why did an oldish man enter the auditorium and sit in the front row, bang in the middle, followed a minute later by another oldish man who also sat in the front row but at the seat at the end of the row? Nobody sits in the front row out of choice! How do you take in the full width of the screen whilst reading the subtitles? But the two men stayed the full 2 hours duration of the film, so unless they were there for a sleep (costing £8.50 each), they must have gained some pleasure from watching it. Very odd.

As I often do, I Bing’d “front row of the cinema” (until recently I googled) and found this lovely little blog post on this very subject. Enjoy!

https://ajtm.co.uk/2016/12/13/cinema-why-the-front-row-is-the-best-row/

And a final thought, I also Bing’d “Googling vs Bing-ing” and came across this charming 2010 article

https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/googling-vs-bing-ing/

After the Storm

Going to see a film just after lunch was probably not a good idea. I was struggling to read whilst on the train to the cinema and drifted off to sleep, nearly missing my stop.

The film is almost 2 hours long. There is no action, and I mean no action, and at times I again found myself drifting off. Did I mention it’s a Japanese film with subtitles?

It’s an OK film that is interesting for portraying the life of an ordinary Japanese family.

Lady Macbeth

On a cold, overcast day it seemed appropriate to go see a film.

Lady Macbeth seemed longer than its 90 minutes but that doesn’t mean it dragged. Atmospheric and stark, there’s little dialogue, but lots of silence and sounds, and it looks terrific. A fine performance by the leading lady, Florence Pugh.

Story-wise, I’m not sure, but for the senses it was a pretty good experience. Recommended, but not if you’re looking for action.

Personal Shopper

At almost 2 hours long, Personal Shopper is an absorbing film, but very odd. Its star, Kristen Stewart, is barely off-screen and gives a fine performance in a confusing ghost story. I would recommend the film, for some.

It’s been a while since I last went to the cinema! There were just 6 film-goers in the Wimbledon HMVCurzon cinema, which is about par for a lunchtime viewing. I can’t remember the last time I sat in a cinema that was crowded. I don’t think I would like the noise from, and proximity to, so many people!

Victoria

VictoriaThe really notable thing to know about the film Victoria is that it was shot in a single, unbroken, unedited, continuous take of 2¼ hours duration.

Before seeing the film all I knew was that it has been described as a heist movie set in Berlin. I found the first hour somewhat slow, wondering where it was going, but gradually a story developed and reached a satisfactory conclusion.

An interesting and technically impressive film, overall I can say I enjoyed it and can recommend. Some may find it overlong. [Warning: At the beginning, the nightclub scene has extreme flashing and very loud music!]

There’s a short Wiki listing the few films that have been shot in a single take.

Anomalisa


Anomalisa is a very weird animated stop-motion film. I’ve no idea what to make of it, but I’m glad my wife decided not to come with me!
With a 90 minute running time, it seemed longer. I guess the guy was struggling with life – was he having a mental breakdown? There’s a pretty explicit [animated] sex scene in it!

So I turn to some reviews for help, but I’m not much the wiser. There’s apparently a clue in the name of the hotel (Fregoli). There’s a medical condition, the Fregoli Delusion, where someone believes different people in their lives are actually the same person in disguise – [see http://glennmillermd.com/the-fregoli-delusion/]. A curiosity of a film – technically brilliant, but puzzling.