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Wow…what a week!

For the first time in more than one month, I got up into double-digits. Not only that, but for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long, I got out to three different screenings. Considering this was all dotted with a pub night and a day spent in celebrating an American holiday, I’d say that’s quite a spot of watching.

In theatres THE DEVILS was handily the screening that will stand-out the most. It was a special presentation at The Lightbox, with a talk before and after by Guillermo del Toro. The man introduced it saying that the film “wasn’t so much cookies and milk as it is cookies and bile”…and yeah, that’s a pretty good description. Seeing the madness that this film lets unfold in all its big screen glory was definitely a treat, especially since it’s one of those movies that conservative-minded-folks have tried to lock-up. The funny thing is, after we were told in the night’s introduction how rare prints of this movie actually are, we then proceeded to watch the print burn in the opening five minutes! All was well after a short break though and we got back on track.

Back at home, I barely got through Sweden’s FORCE MAJEURE. That’s not to suggest that the film is bad – far from it – just that it is very methodical. The film demands great patience. It demands for us to sit-up, consume good coffee, and get into the intricacies and nuances of this couple’s relationship and how it handles this one incident. There’s a lot about this film that will stick with me in the coming months, and some shots that will rank amongst the very best of the year…but I really wish I hadn’t watched it from the comfort of my couch. I’m certainly happy to be in a position where certain studios send me screener dvd’s at year-end, but if ever I needed a reminder of how much better film works in a theatrical environment, this was it.

 

Here’s The Week at Hand…

 

Screenings
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE…I watched this before all hell broke loose on Monday night. Now it feels even more apropos.
THE DEVILS – Naked weaponized nuns, huh? Well that’s different.
FOXCATCHER – I’ll have a lot to say about this film as the weekend goes along.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
EXTRACT – Funny in places, but really just a watered-down OFFICE SPACE, right?
IN A LONELY PLACE – I might have to watch this again before next week.
A LONG WAY DOWN – Rather sweet. I’ll never understand why this didn’t get a North American release.
THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE – Those fireworks!
DANCER IN THE DARKI’m still trying to shake that feeling of emptiness I had when the credits rolled.
FORCE MAJEURE – I’ve said this before, but “my, that was Swedish”

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
LIFE ITSELF…and once again, I got misty.
SCROOGED – Only one Christmas movie this week? Expect that to change!
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES – Our Thanks giving watch

Boxscore for The Year
261 First-Timers, 180 Re-Watched
95 Screenings
441 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?