I almost never see movies in the theater… I have no good excuse. I live two blocks away from one of the best theaters in town, it’s just sort of expensive, and it’s kind of off my radar. Once you stop seeing movies for a while, and stop watching television in general, and skipping over reviews in newspapers, you really have no idea what’s even out, and that trend perpetuates. You become a non-movie watcher.
On international flights, however, when movies (and drinks) are free, I watch movies. On the way to England I mostly tried to sleep, but managed to watch the last half of Vicki Cristina Barcelona before dinner and the first half just before landing… It was fine. I have an itty bitty crush on Javier Bardem. Okay, it’s kind of big. But anyway. The point is that on the way back I suffered through Burn After Reading and then discovered the jewel that is Rachel Getting Married. It is not the ideal plane film, as you will cry. You will sob real tears, they will stream down your face in the company of fellow fliers, and yet they will be watching Burn After Reading, and trying to find humor, and won’t share your experience at all. It’s a weird experience of empathy — feeling such empathy for such beautifully crafted, complex, honest characters, and yet sitting next to someone who is not sharing your experience at all. All of this because of the beautiful convenience of lots of different movie channels on one flight. Sigh.
Not quite as good as the movie itself is the Rachel Getting Married soundtrack. I knew I would buy it as I was watching the movie — funky, loving instrumentals, a Neil Young cover, a single by Angela McCluskey, and some songs that make you want to get down (you know, from the movie’s wedding reception, which went into the wee hours and made me think “I could totally dance…”). I recommend both, but if you’re only taking half of my recommendation, see the movie. (Thanks to goodbye, blue monday, who temporarily cured my cinamnesia by reminding me of this one, which I meant to blog about right away, but forgot….)