I have decided to celebrate the forthcoming year of blogging, by the addition of a new category. I have called it ‘Films and Cinema’. I have made mention previously, of my lifelong love of both of these, and I hope that this category will reflect that. There will be recommendations, opinions of course, as well as the possibility of generating some discussion about this universally popular subject. It is unlikely that many will agree with my likes and dislikes, as I have somewhat unusual tastes, then that is rather the point of blogs and forums, is it not? You will not find this category a home to Blockbusters, Super Hero films, 3D animations, or the latest incarnation of Bond, as none of these feature on my watch list. You will find lots of foreign films, with subtitles, and many references to older films, and movie classics. There will be the odd silent film included, though there will be little or no comment on films currently showing in cinemas, as I almost never go these days.
I simply cannot abide the popcorn-munching, fizzy-drink-swilling of the modern audiences, making more noise than is coming off the screen, checking in on Facebook, and texting their friends as they ‘watch’. Also, ambient light levels have increased in cinemas, especially in multiplexes, to the degree that they are almost as bright as a normal shop. Add to this an entrance fee that is the same as buying the DVD, and I have to exclude myself from the experience, I’m afraid to say. So, there you have it, a new category for anyone that might be interested, easily ignored by those who are not.
I will keep this first post short, and will simply recommend the film that I have seen most recently, and which may well be later regarded, and rightly so, as a classic of modern film making. I will not add plot spoilers, or go into too much detail about events, as this should help you come fresh to the viewing. Dealing with a particularly difficult and disturbing subject, the 2011 film, ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, is a rare thing; an American film with the feel of European cinema. The performances by all the cast are excellent, with the English actress Tilda Swinton, outstanding in the lead role, of Kevin’s mother. This is not a comfortable, or feel-good film, so don’t expect to laugh, or for that matter cry. It is an experience to be had, at the hands of talented director and writer, Lynne Ramsay, and like nothing you will have ever seen before. If you are at all serious about film and cinema, I urge you to see this superb film.