In 2016, after years of staying away, I spent a lot of time in movie theaters. With a few exceptions, this meant I forced myself into public acts aloneness in the city of Denver, which is not conducive to such acts.
I liked this very much, though I still find it difficult to adjust to the popcorn-eating of fellow moviegoers. The world today might excuse/explain this trait of mine, which other eras would have called a quirk or bad manners, as something that makes me special. Give me a hug/death. But while I allow for the possibility that I’m really very brilliant for not being to stand the sound of popcorn-chomping, it’s really the smell that gets to me and, even more so, the disrespect. It doesn’t at all bother me that hordes of horrific food items might be publicly consumed at some blockbuster movie, but at Carol? Or Moonlight? Non-horrific foods and beverages, discreet foods, like bits of chocolate, I would not object to those.
Yes, I am an e l i t i s t. But the point of a dark room lit up on one wall seems to be the darkness and popcorn cuts through all that like the vilest fluorescent light.
Recent Movies I Loved That I Saw in Theaters
Todd Haynes. Carol. USA, 2015.
Barry Jenkins. Moonlight. USA, 2016.
Chaitanya Tamhane. Court. India, 2014.
Paul Verhoeven. Elle. France, 2016.
Old Movies I Loved That I Saw in Theaters
Satyajit Ray. Jalsaghar. India, 1958.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus. UK, 1949. Read More