Tom and Summer

It was almost exclusively first-timers this week, interrupted one night by the film pictured above.

When one pulls all of those first-timers together into the list below, it turns into quite a wonderful week of watching but I feel like focusing on two of the last entries on the list below.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY was a film I really wanted to get into my schedule when it played at TIFF in 2014. Unfortunately due to what else was playing up against it – and its requirement of three-plus hours of my time – I couldn’t make it work. So it would have to wait. However the waiting put me into a precarious spot since the fully fleshed out versions of ‘HIM’ and ‘HER’ were condensed down into the more commercially-friendly THEM by the time it hit theatres. Or rather, by the time it was dumped into theatres. Ditto its blu-ray release; one edit only on the disc, the most-accessible THEM.

So when I noticed HIM and HER had shown up on Netflix recently, I made sure to clear a night.

Watching the two films back to back was wonderful. It wasn’t what I thought it would be – a RASHOMON-like portrait of one story told from multiple perspectives. Instead it used a few common moments as landmarks on the path that two people would walk as their love for each-other was fading. I’d heard that one might take a side depending on whose end of the story they saw first, but I didn’t really feel as though it was a situation that required picking sides. And I love it for that.

Whenever love splinters, it sends shards in all directions. It affects not only the people falling out of love, but their friends and family too. What’s more, everything is dug up in these instances for all to see…and everyone is afraid to talk about what’s been exhumed. RIGBY explores this for two whole people, and two whole families. All of their friends get a say as do their acquaintances. It’s a three-hour post-mortem of love gone sour and I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen anything like this before.

There’s not quite enough weight to it to make me start reconsidering my year-end best-of list, but I’m deeply happy that it exists, and love the time I have spent with it. It uses the medium to try something different and explore a story in ways that don’t normally get explored.

This is a film that could have been a special event in cinemas – like CHE when both parts of it were shown back-to-back in certain theatres. Instead it was dropped on the side of the road. Pity that, but then again, I guess screenings are valuable.

…after all, we wouldn’t want to take space away from being able to watch all nine Marvel movies back-to-back.

 

Here’s the week at hand…

 

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE HUNTING GROUND – Every American should be forced to watch this documentary.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
IRMA LA DOUCE – I should have made this the final Wilder I watched. Pure joy.
RAIDERS! – Hot Docs 2015 screener
SOAPDISH – Kevin Klein is a national treasure.
YOUR SISTER’S SISTER – Nifty, but not as good as I’d hoped it’d be. Love The Blunt though.
WESTERN – Hot Docs 2015 screener
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HER – Feels like the more tragic part of the pair.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIM – The more straightforward, and the one that fills in the gaps.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
(500) DAYS OF SUMMERHandily one of my favorites of this century.

 

Boxscore for The Year
63 First-Timers, 42 Re-Watched
21 Screenings
105 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?