We’re living in February, and cliché dictates that thoughts must turn to love.
The unofficial theme of Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second this month is one of Cinephilia (Love + Film = Cinephilia. Granted, it’s not the sort of exhaustive thinking that’s going to win a Pulitzer). A passion for cinema is what drives our kind. I’ve long remarked that a serious interest in film is a bona-fide lifestyle choice, given the lengths we go to to get our fix, be they financially crippling or geographically testing.
Throughout the month we’ll be examining different facets of Cinephilia. Last week I wrote of my interest in the boutique home video label, an area that is increasingly becoming more and more important within the realm of cinema. While viewing a film is most ideally suited to the biggest screen possible with a crowd of likeminded individuals this isn’t always possible, especially with archive titles. Elsewhere, recent screenings of both Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and José Padilha’s RoboCop have been obstructed thanks to unruly audiences, while I’m struggling to find a screen on which Claire Denis’s Bastards, due this coming Valentine’s Day, is actually playing. DVD and VoD offer an appealing alternative to traditional channels.
Presumably a part of the reason behind the lack of screens for Bastards is to do with the fact that a number of big pictures open this coming Friday. Spike Jonze’s Her finally reaches UK shores, while The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men also open. Expectations couldn’t be higher for Her, while, and I’ll whisper this quietly, as a Lego fan I’m rather excited about that too. Expect reviews of each in the coming days.
Adam Batty – Editor
This week’s Criticwire Survey. One More Season.