District 9. 2009. Neill Blomkamp. ★★☆☆☆☆
I used to be a major movie nerd. Watched a couple a day. Went to the Cinemateque regularly. And then I stopped.
It was probably a combination of things. First of all, starting a movie meant turning the music that’s playing off, and I hate doing that. And I feel that you have to pay a certain amount of attention to movies that you don’t have to with TV series.
I can do the dishes while watching True Blood, but it would be odd to do that while watching Alphaville.
One further disincentive was that I was starting to feel a bit fed up with movies in general. “Here’s a new set of people that I have to concern myself with and care about for the next 90 minutes. Whyyyy!” I kinda think that’s a somewhat normal reaction, and explains some of the popularity of movie serials and TV series. You don’t have to care about a new set of characters.
So: Fuck movies.
On the other hand, TV sucks, and there’s quite a number of really excellent movies out there. So I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things, but not quite succeeding.
So now I’m going to make a concerted effort to see a bunch of movies. 100 of them. Before summer.
And to up the stakes (not difficult, considering the project), I’m going to learn how to mix cocktails, too. I’ve never been into making cocktails, so I’m going to learn how do to at least one per movie.
I may have over-purchased ingredients.
Sundance turned out to be really nice. Well organised, friendly, good movies.
Oh, and Blind is fantastic. It’s really funny and smart and interesting, and all those kinds of good things. Nine thumbs up.
The movie that was partially shot in my apartment is being shown at Sundance! By coincidence, I’m “vacationing” in San Francisco (i.e., implementing new Gnus stuff) around that time, so I’ll try to get a ticket to one of the screenings. I’ve never been to Utah before, I think.
Better pack warmer clothes.