At the Movies

I love going to the movies. A couple of years ago, I started going to movies alone. It was a weird experience at first but now I’m used to it and I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It’s so strange how we usually think that going to movies is a social event when we’re just sitting there in the dark.

Anyway, here’s a quick synopsis of some films I’ve seen recently.

I saw It’s Kind of a Funny Story on Saturday night. I ended up liking it but there was a long time during it when I wanted to give it a big push. It was paced pretty slowly at the beginning and it wraps things up a little too neatly in the end but it has a good heart. And more movies could use that. It is not the hilarious Zach Galifianakis vehicle you may have been led to believe. It’s a pretty quiet character-driven movie.

I also loved Catfish which I saw a couple of weeks ago. The audience I saw it with pretty much hated it. My guess is that was a direct result of the film’s marketing. The trailers were just weird and made it seem like it was going to be a Blair Witch sort of fake-documentary. It’s just a straight documentary about a guy who meets a family on Facebook and begins to put together that they aren’t what they represented. There are some twists and turns and it definitely gets strange. But all the “suspenseful” talk misrepresented it a bit. It’s an engaging look at how we interact with people on the internet. I highly recommend it.

You know what knocked me out about The Town was the directing which I didn’t even know was done by Ben Affleck. I kept noticing cool little flourishes — a scene would switch to a jostling hand-held camera; the police car dashboard camera would show the chase. When Affleck’s name appeared at the end, I was genuinely surprised. Overall, the film was tight and exciting and even if we’ve seen a lot of it before, I bought into it. The gunplay seemed a bit excessive though.