I rarely go to the theatres anymore. What with school, work, activism and the rest of my life its hard to find the energy and conviction to spend 8 dollars of my hard earned money on more mindless Hollywood drivel. Especially since I can download most of the movies that I want for free off the internet.
Last weekend I decided to take the plunge. Bored out of my mind I called a friend up and decided to go see a movie. Not really having the forsight to actually plan what movie we were going to see, or what times the movies were actually playing we just kinda showed up at the cinema. By the time we got there, there were only a few movies playing their last showing. 'Get Rich or Die Tryin', or as someone who was trying to be hard called it in front of everyone "Get Rich or Try Dying" hahahahahaha...what an idiot. As appealing as the thought of seeing the wonderful thespian performance of "Fitty" we decided to pass.
That left 'Ushpizen' and 'Walk the Line'. I asked the ticket taker what Uspizen was. His exact reply was, "Its about Jewish people doing Jewish stuff." hmmmm...ok...way to sell a movie buddy. So left with no choice my friend and I decided to watch Walk the Line.
Now I have always been a Johnny Cash fan. He done the damn thing for close to 5 decades, been through a lot, and recorded some of the greatest country, folk and rock music ever. His version of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' is my all time favorite. How can one forget classics, like 'Walk the Line', 'Ring of Fire', and 'Folsom Prison Blues'. Add to that his last album with a cover of NIN's 'Hurt' about heroin addiction. The man was a legend, and is worthy of more credit than my meager ramblings on this here blog.
The movie follows the life of Johnny Cash (played by Joaquin Phoenix) and his love affair with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon [I sometimes get her confused with Rene Zellweger]). June had been in the recording industry as a little girl, and Johnny used to listen to her on the radio while he was a little boy. As soon as he laid eyes on her it was love at first sight. It follows Johnny through his rise to stardom, his pharm addiction, and him falling in love with June.
Interestingly enough Joaquin and Reese sung throughout the whole movie. Both sounded amazingly like Johnny and June, and Reese's voice about blew me away a couple of times. Who knew that she could sing?
Well worth the money to go see this movie. It is definetly something I would watch again.
The next day I got suckered into going to 'Good Night and Good Luck.' I had no idea what this movie was about. I only knew it was in black and white and it was critically aclaimed. Why is it that movies filmed in black and white are always critically aclaimed. On top of that it was released by "Warner Independent Pictures" How can a company owned by Warner possibly be independent, isn't that an oxymoron?
First off we went to a suburban theatre in fabulous Owings Mills *retch* (the closest theatre playing the film.) A friend, my lil' sis and I were the youngest people there. In essence everyone was in the 40's or older. Oh my God, I just knew that this was going to be terrible.
You can usually tell what audience the movie is trying to reach by the trailers that are played before the actual feature. First up was some bullshit, followed by more bullshit. Then 'Paradise Now'. This movies follows two Palestinian suicide bombers. Written and directed by Hany Abu Assad, this movie could prove to be very interesting indeed.
Next up was 'Memoirs of a Geisha' Apart from the fact that I have absolutely no desire to see this movie. I have to ask this question. Why did Hollywood feel the need to have 3 Chinese women star in a movie about Japanese Geishas? I have seen plenty of Japanese film to know that there are many qualified Japanese actresses to play these parts. But I guess they wanted the box office appeal of Zhang Zi-Yi, Michelle Yeow and Gong Li *sigh*
Anyways...before this erupts into another long winded rant...
Two films that are definetly worth the time, energy and money to see in the cinema.
While there, I found a couple more movies that caught my eye 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe', 'Aeon Flux' (which could prove to be absolutely utterly and completely terrible, but my nerd ass is probably going to see it anyway) and 'Rent'. Apart from the music, which can get a little annoying, has an amazing story.
If you are too cheap to go the movies, I highly recommend 'Rize'.
And if none of these interest you at all...*shrugs shoulders*