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The Artist...

I've just got back from seeing The Artist. I hadn't seen a film at the cinema since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, just before Christmas. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the whole experience. The rest of the screen was filled with elders, who provided an occasional commentary during the film. This was acceptable because a) I'm sure it was lack of hearing rather than thoughtlessness that led to their loudness and b) it was a silent film, so it wasn't as if I was missing any crucial dialogue.

I felt as if I'd had my money's worth just by watching the trailer to The Hobbit. God, I love that dwarvish song. While I've grown to appreciate the importance of Tolkien's songs in the books, none has ever affected me quite as strongly as this. Of course, the trailer taps into my love of The Lord of the Rings too, especially with the musical motif that accompanies the appearance of Gollum. When it comes to The Hobbit, I wish they'd make two movies instead of one, oh, I see...  

And, I know this is wrong, but part of me is thinking of taking the children to see The Phantom Menace in 3D. I don't want to encourage films to be remade in 3D and frankly George Lucas has already had enough of my cash, on the other hand, the kids have never had the chance to see a Star Wars film at the cinema. And they've seen Episodes IV-VI, but not the prequels. This is partly because I don't own them. They have played the Lego Star Wars games though, so they are curious to find out what the films are like. And at eight and six they are more easily pleased, as they don't have the weight of expectation our generation has.

The Artist itself was good. It was strange watching a silent black and white film at the cinema. It was also in a strange aspect ratio, which I can only presume is authentic for the era. I'm interested in learning how to lipread, so I treated this as a dry run. Sometimes I was able to understand what people were saying, but not all the time. There is something comforting about a black and white film, which is why I felt a little drowsy, though I was engaged in the film. I love that era. Normally, I'm ethically opposed to cars, but the vehicles from that time are so cool. I'm not sure I'm ready for a whole slew of silent black and white films, but this one was very enjoyable.


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Feb. 8th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
after my recent Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fiesta (I got out a boxed set from the library by mistake and felt obliged to watch them all in a week) I'm find quite partial to black and white films with dancing in them, but I didn't realise that the Artist was a silent film, good that you enjoyed it. We are pondering the 3D Star Wars experience too, it's so expensive though and not the best film though, if you go let me know what everyone thought.
Feb. 11th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
How does one get a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fiesta out by mistake? What were you trying to borrow?

Still undecided about The Phantom Menace. If the weather is good, I'd prefer to take the kids to the park.
Feb. 11th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
we went to the park today, there was much hitting ice with sticks and getting cold, wet feet. I suggest wellies and spare socks if the park in question involves any watery areas.
I was trying to get ONE Fred Astaire film out as Kieran chose him as his film star from the Golden Age of cinema, but it turned out to be a 4 film boxed set.

We're off to Cardiff tomorrow on the train, holding cinema in reserve as it is half term and there will be days when we need to go out somewhere warm and inside, I suspect. Have a good weekend anyway.
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