Sunday, February 09, 2014

This Week In Tickets: 27 January 2014 - 2 February 2014

Yep, this is pretty late, almost a whole week. Lots of stuff to write up and snow messing up my usual schedule for doing it

This Week in Tickets

Last Tuesday at the Regent for the Gathr Preview series, which has since moved to Monday and been somewhat scaled down. The last of them, Wajma, actually turned out to be pretty good, even if things were a mess technically.

After that, the main attraction for the weekend was the Somerville Theatre's Centennial Celebration, which kicked off with a weekend of silent movies. The movies in question were Mary Pickford in Sparrows (preceded by "The Dream" and the recently-recovered "Their First Misunderstanding") on Friday, Way Down East with Lillian Gish on Saturday, and Wings on Sunday. I love that these got some decent crowds, and that there are people who love silent movies in general - not only did some folks come down from New Hampshire and rent a hotel room just so they could see these movies, but my review of Way Down East got retweeted by Ms. Lillian Gish. I feel as if I should introduce her to Old Hoss Radbourn.

It was also a full day before getting to Way Down East on Saturday: Gravity in IMAX in the morning, because I hadn't seen it on the super-giant screen yet and that's one that just will not be the same when it hits Blu-ray; it might pull even with Hugo for "times seen in the theater" if the Aquarium were to pick it up (hint, hint). Then I spent the afternoon at the Kendall seeing the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts and Live-Action Shorts. Which means, in terms of nominees seen, I've wrapped up two of the tiniest categories but still haven't made it to Wolf of Wall Street or Her yet.

Gravity

* * * * (out of four)
Seen 1 February 2014 in AMC Boston Common #2 (because it's awesome, Imax-branded 3D)

I'm not sure I have a whole lot more to say here: I loved it in October, I loved it in November, and I suspect that I will keep loving it when it hits video later this month. Though not as much, the immersion of sitting up close to a big screen is something spectacular.

Can't say I noticed anything particularly new this time around other than how great the soundtrack was; the previous two times I saw it I suspect I was so wrapped up in what was happening and what I could see that I couldn't really notice the other details. This go-around rectified that, and I duly ordered the CD this morning. It's a great one that just helps induce panic while still not losing track of how beautiful space is.

The thing I don't get, though, is why I was the only person in the front half of the theater. Guys, you spent extra money to but a ticket in Imax 3D. Why are you sitting back where the screen isn't gigantic and using every bit of your field of vision?


Wajma
Sparrows etc.
Gravity
Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts
Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts
Way Down East
Wings

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