Our Year in Movies

Rick and I have a tradition of saving the tickets from any ticketed event we attend during the year, and then looking at them on New Year’s to remind ourselves of all the fun stuff we’ve done. We went to a lot of movies this year.

In the fall of 2014, our beloved video store closed, and we haven’t found any source for video that comes close to replacing it. But one positive  result is that we now go to the cinema a lot. In 2015, we went to the movies twenty-two times, which has to be some kind of record for us.

Here are some of of the best films we saw.

The Wolfpack. A documentary about a large family of kids kept isolated in their apartment by their father, and about their obsession with movies. The trailer makes it look much scarier, and actually much less interesting, than it is. The father of the family is not villainized, and the movie is a testament to creativity and resilience.

Gett: The Trial of Viviame Amsalem. A riveting psychological drama about a woman absolutely determined to get a divorce through the Israeli religious courts, and a husband who thwarts her at every turn.

Shaun the Sheep. From Aardman Studios. Need I say more? It’s so funny!

We went to a wonderful program of short animations at the Seattle Children’s Film Festival, including the marvelous Estonian stop-motion Lemonade Tale, about a little boy who goes swimming in a fizzy lifting drink.

lemonade tale

The Apu Trilogy. This was our big film experience of the year. We went to see all three of Satyajit Ray‘s newly restored classic films about the birth and early life of Apu, one after another, three nights in a row. I knew these were considered among the great films of all time, and I went to the theater expecting to widen my horizons and learn something about India and cinema history – and I did. But these movies also made me cry. Beautiful, real stories, beautifully filmed.

We saw three other classic films that we’ve watched many times on video, but had never seen in the theater:

Rear Window. My favorite Hitchcock film. If you ever get a chance to see it in a theater, do. There’s a lot of detailed stuff going on and candy-colored cinematography that is much better appreciated in the cinema.


The Old Dark House. This 1932 film by James Whale, director of the classic Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, combines funny and scary better than any movie I can think of, and has Karloff, debonair Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton in his first Hollywood role, and wonderful performances by an extended, eccentric cast, including the delightful Ernest Thesiger. Have a potato!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, In Smell-o-vision!

Did you see any good movies this year?

~ by lolarusa on January 5, 2016.

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