hey. i miss writing about movies in this space. im gonna get back to it, ok?
so i was just away for a few weeks out west. went to some amazing spots in glacier national park, olympic national park, mount rainier, ecola state park, got naked in breitenbush hot springs, ate some vegan bbq, and a million other things. i also ended up seeing a couple movies while i was in the other portland. portland oregon has some great spots for moviegoers- particularly the laurelhurst (where every movie is $4 at every showtime) and the hollywood theater, which is a really gorgeous, three screen, refurbished old moviehouse showing new art house hits and tons of older stuff. i ended up hitting up both theaters, but sadly didnt take advantage of any repertory screenings. we saw the new woody allen movie- cafe society- at hollywood and the new todd solondz, wiener-dog, at the laurelhurst.
the timing didn't work out to see any of the other cool stuff going on at either theater and theres something kinda weird about the shared cynical white male perspective of both todd solondz and woody allen, but both films were fine, middle of the road additions to both directors somehow growingly inessential catalogues. allen and solondz have both been in such a perpetual loop of their own styles for so long that the variations from film to film these days are negligible. some solid casting and cinematography from ed lachman(who has done some great work with larry clark, todd haynes and sofia coppola) almost elevated wiener-dog, but in typical solondz form, the scattered episodic structure, brief running time, and broad stroke shock-value dialogue and characterizations up and make me kind of wonder how committed we're supposed to be as viewers. that said, i havent really been a fan of his since happiness, which seems more and more like the peak-too-soon moment in his career.
itd be hard to say that cafe-society was trying to be much more than run of the mill woody allen but i did really enjoy steve carell's performance. also allen's muddled articulation of pragmatic love-hunting in 1930's hollywood does have an appropriately glossy sheen to match its outlook.
coming back to portland maine, its nice to look forward to something a bit darker in The Wailing which will be showing this wednesday aug 17th at SPACE gallery. its fairly uncommon for korean supernatural thrillers to make their way to Maine, so it'll be nice to see if there is an audience for this. nice precursor to halloween season too. the trailer, below, makes it look fittingly creepy.
THE WAILING (directed by Nah Hong-jin) screening Wednesday August 17th 7:30pm at SPACE Gallery.
its important to remember as summer continues, that southern maine is lucky to have multiple options for drive in screenings.
saco drive in : http://thesacodrivein.com/
bridgeton twin drive in: http://drive-ins.com/showing/metbrid/bridgton-twin-drive-in-bridgton-me
bridgeton has a retro tuesday thing worth checking out.
there is also a free outdoor screening of wes anderson's awesome moonrise kingdom on sunday august 21st at congress sq park: http://congresssquarepark.org/event/films-square-moonrise-kingdom/
okay thats pretty much all i've got to say for now. hope everyone is having a nice summer. make sure to make room for adventure.