What's On? 24.02.17
La La Land is being flaunted in Cameo cinema right now, not only a sure-fire winner for the coming Oscars but a film for our times, so says a Guardian journalist who condemns the film/musical. It's a musical of solipsism and uncaring, grasping individualism, so also says the journalist . . . To be honest, that kind of condemnation makes it sound more interesting than probably intended. But it's not the only film at the Cameo and it's not the one I'm intending to watch.
What do you know about German cinema? Good German films don't seem to emerge that often, which is a shame, but probably reflects the law of averages. As a lover of most things German, though, I fancy going to watch the much-praised Toni Erdmann, apparently a weird, genre-defying comedy/poignant-drama/bit-of-grotesqueness with a bizarre feminist angle. After watching Moonlight, I've been reminded to go and watch thoughtful films again, not because they make you think, but as in the case of Moonlight, almost the opposite, because they overwhelm you so much with their vision that you don't think at all to begin with, you merely drift out of the cinema with your mind in the stars.And Tony Erdmann isn't the only special film in the cinema this weekend. I still haven't seen Manchester By the Sea and there it remains, floating like a wormhole to another dimension, slowly closing. I've had around three weeks to see it, always thinking, 'I should definitely go and see that film,' and increasingly thinking, 'I'm going to miss it.' But there it hovers, as it will be on Monday when the £5 student-deal appears. I shouldn't spend so much on going to the cinema, but life is short and I'll go anyway.