My movie marathon (plus one special guest)

December 26, 2011 Comments Off on My movie marathon (plus one special guest)


Every year on Jesus’ birthday, I spend my waking hours at the cinema. It’s not an unusual choice for a Jew, and over the past years, it’s become more common for non-Jews to also roll into the theaters later in the day when they’ve finished doing their morning rituals/sacrifices. What made this year’s tradition so different is that I had the company of one very lovely gentile, Joseph, who could not fly back to his hometown in case I went into an early labor, which so far, I have not.

Last year was also unusual in that I only saw one movie, the film about Spalding Gray, And Everything Is Going Fine. I had planned to do my movie marathon, but I was left in pieces after the first film and couldn’t see the value in making room for another, lesser movie, even if it meant breaking with tradition.

This year’s lineup worked out really well. Joseph and I saw four movies:

The Muppets: far surpassed our expectations, and kept us laughing, dancing, singing along, and even shedding a few tears.
Young Adult: sneaked into this one, which was mostly a one-note, simple, unmemorable film, but hooray for good acting, free movies, and Minnesota; three-out-of-five stars.
Pina in 3D: Like all things about dance, I had to be forced to go, but once I was there, I was really glad for the experience. This film is beautiful, has an excellent soundtrack, and is gorgeously inspiring. It was also the first 3D movie Joe and I have seen in as long as we can remember.
Take Shelter: except for the last seven minutes, this movie is excellent, if very painful to watch.

Before we planned our itinerary, we didn’t think there were any films that we really wanted to see. It turned out we have extras that didn’t fit into the schedule. Tuesday night, we’re going back out for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas in 3D and then we may finally make it to Margin Call on Friday. It’s not that we stopped loving the movies, we’ve just been too busy. Thanks to the holidays, our cinephile ignitions have been re-sparked.

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