No, this post contains nothing related to anime. It’s about movies and how far a fool like me is willing to go for them. And it’s about the unfair distribution of movies to cinemas. People outside the capital do not deserve any luxury of award winning movies, thoughtful movies, independent movies and movies with low financial potentials. It’s business. It’s monopoly. It’s a shameful discrimination. It’s just me ranting about things.
The 3D Cheshire Cat
On Friday, I got off work and realized I had a 7 days break. It was the last vacation that would be granted to me this year. What did I do? I packed my bag, grabbed my laptop and flew across the country to Bangkok, the capital city where you could find anything that any super hi-tech capital has including the digital IMAX screen. Avatar has just left and now Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland dominates most of the screens. So it was decided, I went for Alice…in IMAX 3D.
It was no Avatar but it was great nevertheless. The sight, the sound and the experience were simply fantastic. Alas, it’s all about the facility not the movie itself. Surely not Burton’s best work, Alice in Wonderland reluctantly stands between being a remake and a sequel. So many things are lifted right out of the book but the main plot tries to be a sequel by giving us a 20 years old Alice. It’s quite awkward. And what’s the matter with the ending? Is there a written rule anywhere stating that every fantasy flick must end with epic battle scene? Well, if it is really that necessary then it should give the viewers a battle half as good as Narnia’s or The Rings’ trilogy’s.
The most impressive element of the movie lies in the actors who act so well with incredible power and, especially, insanity. Personally I find myself falling in love with the Cheshire Cat. There is no thoughtful reason other than that the cat is so adorable. I love the way he moves through the air as if he is swimming in invisible water. Oh, look how lovely he is when he vaporizes! Now you know that I am a cat person.
The only place I can watch The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air
Online download is simply out of the question for these two movies because they are both multiple award winning movies and I need to experience them to the fullest. The problem is that none of them are shown in the local cinemas in my town. In fact, there’s only ONE cinema in the entire country showing them. It was the biggest, newest and most expensive cinema to date. So since I had come all the way here, I managed to catch them both yesterday.
I’m enraged about all this business thing. The cinemas are run by those who love money, not movies. Small, independent or award winning movies are always considered to be risky investments. They think no one wants to see these movies, that most people are too stupid and live in caves, that people only watch blockbusters and comedy and horror. This is a direct insult to the viewers’ intelligence, a disturbing discrimination. Well, the bottom line is that I am angry because I shouldn’t have to go through all these troubles just to watch these movies.
Just a note; I absolutely love Up in the Air. It’s funny and intelligent with incredible depth. But I don’t really adore The Hurt Locker. Of course it’s a brilliant war movie but to me, it’s just ‘ANOTHER brilliant war movie’ and it won’t be the last. So, just take your, albeit well deserved, Oscars and get out of my sight! I’ve had enough war movies!