Yet part of me loves meeting these unknowable visitors, just as I love darting inside a theater midsummer, pretending for two hours that the sun and its demands no longer exist. The mood of the room inducts you to its conspiracy. I would never shush that father and daughter softly discussing what’s onscreen, even the plastic-bag crinklers, because they’ve granted me license, too. When each stranger fades to a half-presence in the darkness, you’re alone with your feelings yet unable to hide them, a reflective exhibitionist. At Manhattan’s long-gone Bleecker Street Cinema, the house cat Breathless would often escape the office and claw its way up the screen, encouraged by cheers.
Ambiancé is, so far, the only movie that Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg has to his name. But given that the documentary has a run time of seven hundred and twenty hours long, or thirty days, I can see why he’s had no time for any other film projects.
The film’s trailer clocks in at about seven hours, so if you have some spare time this weekend, or are going to be on a long flight, you might be able to look at that first.
The movie preferences of front runners in this year’s US presidential election. Imagine choosing someone for high office based solely on the films they like? If it were me, and looking at the films the candidates have nominated, it would be a tough choice between Hillary Clinton, and uh oh, Donald Trump.
The Internet Movie Database or IMDb, is my go-to resource for all things film, but it seems some of the information on offer may not be entirely bona fide.
For instance, the way that titles featuring on their Top 250 films list, are ranked, is one aspect in particular that has generated much discussion over the years, leading some people to wonder just how indicative the list really is of the preferences of global film audiences.
But they don’t disclose how many votes you need in order to qualify as a “regular” voter. (In the FAQ, they write: “To maintain the effectiveness of the Top 250 Rated Charts, we deliberately do not and will not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a regular voter.”) In some ways, this maintains some integrity in The Top 250, as it’s much harder to create duplicate dummy accounts and get away with ballot-stuffing. But, it also means the votes of casual fans or people who are too busy to engage as much (including the busy industry professionals who have better things to do) are not included in the rankings, even if they make a few of them.
The trailer for A Beautiful Planet, a documentary that offers us the perspective of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, and only screening at IMAX cinemas, which probably makes a lot of sense.
Loving Vincent is an animated film that explores the death of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who died in 1890. Numerous oil paintings, produced by more than one hundred artists, will be displayed at a rate of twelve frames per second to bring the story to motion.
Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Helen McCrory, and Douglas Booth, are among actors who will feature in the film. I can’t find a release date as yet, but if the trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be worth looking out for.
The Daughter, directed by Australian filmmaker Simon Stone, is another title I’m trying not to read too much about before I see it.
Like 45 Years, which I saw the other day, and am still reeling from, The Daughter is a family drama, that appears to see emotions boil over, after events from the past resurface, when a long absent person returns to his hometown.
The trailer looks stunning, though I’m hoping it’s not a case of the trailer being better than the film it is promoting.