Art and Movies


This weekend, for the first time in forever, I went to the movies. Went out to the movies, which is the way I like to see a movie for the first time. There’s just something about sitting in the theatre and not being able to look away, not being able to pause the action, not getting interrupted with commercials, that makes movies at the theatre a whole different experience than watching them at home, even with my relatively big screen TV.

I have PVR’d dozens of movies which even when I’m desperate to watch something, I don’t watch. I do watch movies I’ve seen before, for some reason that’s okay, but new movies? I have to force myself to watch them at home. When I do, I’m often pleasantly surprised, but I think that I’ve somehow hardwired my brain to insist that movies must be seen at the theatre.

So what did I see last night?

I saw Trance, a British art heist movie. There were a lot of reasons for choosing this movie over every single other movie that was playing—none of which I’d seen.

  • Vincent Cassel – he’s one of my favorite actors, so I’d probably have seen it just for him
  • I have a background in art history so love movies about art – and art heist movies are a very specific genre (my favorite movie of genre is the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, though I do like the 1968 version starring Steve McQueen almost as much)
  • It’s an English movie set in London and I love London
  • And, oh yeah, I have a gift card for $50 worth of movies so it was free!

I liked this movie, though it felt a bit weak on the art part (mostly a way to get into the psychological thriller which it really was), and I also found it a bit confusing. But hey – Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. So it’s worth seeing, but don’t go if you’re tired (following the plot is hard enough even if you’re not tired) don’t go if you’re thrown off by excessive violence (lots and lots of blood and gore), don’t go if you’re looking for the equivalent of The Thomas Crown Affair or Once a Thief or Entrapment, but despite these reservations, it’s definitely worth seeing

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One Response to Art and Movies

  1. CMrok93 says:

    A lot of fun, especially if you enjoy people messing around with one another. Good review Josee.

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