We don't have a TV currently. We do have my old iMac from 2007, which is only good for watching dvds these days. The Wi-Fi doesn't even work because I was bad and didn't update like I should have. Now it's too late and so screwed up that even the Apple store said there’s nothing that can be done (and so I guess, it's worthless). Oh well. It's been okay. We've gotten by. Actually it's been pretty fucking great because the library has free dvds you can rent! Every night is movie night when the library is nearby. And they have a good selection too. Of course, Red Box always comes in handy when you want to see something new. And not to say that I'm not looking forward to the near future when we have a TV (haven't had one in a year and half) and get to watch Netflix on the big screen. I am. But no cable. Although we might download some Dating Naked from VHI. Have you seen? It's wonderful. One gleaming hour long naked train wreck.
Since nightly movie night, my love for films has gotten a bit stronger. I was obsessed with movies as a kid. Back in the 80s, we used to rent a VCR from the nearby video shop every Friday night. Can you believe that? It seems so…unbelievable. I guess VCRs were expensive back then. Anyway, literally every Friday and Saturday night would be movie night at the Bello house. Living seemingly close to LA and Hollywood (where movies were made!) I guess had an impact on me. I was obsessed with the Academy Awards, I would cut out movie ads in the LA Times Calendar...I was kind of a dork. I've always loved films, but once I hit my late teens and 20s, I couldn't be bothered with them. In the last ten years or so, it kinda seemed like most movies I watched, well, kinda sucked (that's a whole other tangent I'm going to stay away from for now). Then I got into TV like Game of Thrones, Mad Men, etc...But lately…I'm sort of falling in love with films (especially independent) again.
Ex Machina- Yeah, I'm sure most of you have already seen this. But I just saw it, which is why I'm talking about it now. I had wanted to see this on the big screen, but oh well. Honestly, a little boring at first, but then it quickly gains momentum and now, is still stuck in my head. This movie really makes you think. Makes you contemplate. My writing mind likes to contemplate.
Before Midnight- Remember Before Sunrise? This is the third installment, except I didn't know that and thought it was the second and was utterly confused, but still entertained. As someone who's been married and divorced, I could relate to the story (not going to lie, somewhat depressing). But great, great acting by Ethan Hawke (I love his tangents). Watch it. But you should watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset first.
Kill Your Darlings - Found this at the library and had never heard of it before. It's basically a story about the poet Allen Ginsberg (played by Harry Potter!) and his love affair with Lucien Carr. It's all about poets and writers and the Beat Generation back in the 1940s, including Jack Kerouac. I actually really, really liked this movie, it was shot beautifully.
My Own Private Idaho - I remember hearing about this movie when I was an adolescent. It came out in 1991 with Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix (which I had a major crush on at the time). I had no idea what the movie was about back then. It's a somewhat graphic film about gay male hustlers in the Pacific Northwest. It was interesting to watch it now as an adult and look back on the 90s, which doesn't seem that long ago in my mind. Very artsy.
Contagion - I'm perplexed how I had never heard of this movie before. It came out in 2011 with literally an all-star cast directed by Steven Soderbergh. Where was I? This movie is about a deadly virus that pretty much seems to kill almost everyone that keeps in contact with it, jumping back between the CDC trying to fight it and the chaos it creates. This movie is so well done and yes, it will make you want to wash your hands a lot, at least for a night or so. But who care, it’s really suspenseful...find it at your local library!