So as I mentioned yesterday, we took a little family field trip to the movies last night. Dad, younger bro, and a dear family friend who’s pretty much an additional younger bro. The object of our affection? BULLITT, starring Steve McQueen.

As I soaked up BULLITT for the second or third time, and basked in its quiet beauty, I couldn’t help but feel like I was witnessing something of an echo. My father, of course, would have seen this film in a theatre…so watching it in a theatre again sitting next to him seemed like I was going back in time somewhat. Hanging out with a sixteen-year-old version of my dad. What’s more, the theatre we watched it in is a 100 year old venue that isn’t terribly far from the neighbourhood in the city where my dad grew up. While he didn’t make specific mention of it, it’s entirely likely that he watched it in this very spot.

So while I’m usually one for the sanctity of the filmgoing experience, I shrugged off my dad speaking a little louder than a whisper once or twice…most notably “Here we go…” as Steve McQueen climbed into his Mustang and the car chase slowly began. I mean, a more dickish filmgoer might have shushed him…but this is a film that seemingly everyone gathered had already seen, and my father at least kept his comments very few and very far between.

Completing the effect of the echo was the fact that the other three were all drinking “irish” coffees (I’d bought a popcorn and didn’t feel like the coffee would go). So here you have three jokers sitting in the balcony of an old theatre, drinking and watching Steve McQueen act cool as he ever does.

What year was it last night?

One last thing – Can I just close by saying that I love when you drop the word “Bullitt” into Google Image, 75% of the results for the first few pages are cars?


Here’s Three Weeks at Hand…


THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU – Why do I feel like one of the few people who actually liked this movie?
BULLITT – I’ll always love seeing classics on a big screen.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE ONE I LOVE – And here was me thinking I was settling in for one more piece of angsty mumblecore.
HOUSE OF WAX (1953) – Great pulpy fun.
SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL – I wanted to watch Zodiac, somehow I ended up watching this instead.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
FIGHT CLUB – As I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch?
PANIC ROOM – I was about to ask if this was Fincher’s Fredo, then I realized I still have yet to watch Alien 3
AWAY WE GO – There are a few films that remind me what it means to be a good spouse. This is one of them.
NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST – It was a very “2009” sorta night on Thursday.

Boxscore for The Year
212 First-Timers, 146 Re-Watched
79 Screenings
358 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?