- My parents are not film lovers either. They never talk about films or ever encouraged us to watch them. My Dad is a radio 4 kind of guy and my Mum’s idea of recreational activity is to offer to help someone move their chest freezer.
- Bad choices. I’ve seen so many films where I’ve left the cinema thinking ‘I can NEVER get those two hours back’.
- Films are LONG. I find it difficult to commit a couple of hours of my time to sitting in front of a screen if it does not guarantee me artistic enrichment. Yes my Asian upbringing has completely guilted me into not enjoying any free time I may have. Work work work!!
Well times a’changin. Somewhat against my will as I have embraced my lack of film knowledge as something kooky about me that’s almost like a party trick, watching people recoil in disgust that I’ve never seen a Bond film (I personally don’t see how I’ve missed anything here but hey ho!!) However my NY studio at the moment has a great projector and a huge stack of films, it’s like a home cinema, it’s absolutely amazing! So not only have I been able to watch Ramsay’s kitchen Nightmares HUGE but I have also had access to some classic films that I really ‘ought’ to have seen.
The first thing I watched was ‘The Graduate’. It was well over three weeks ago now and I’m still humming ‘The Sound of Silence’. I don’t know. I feel self conscious saying it was amazing. But it was. I’m not a person to really notice shots and symbolism but some parts of it were just beautiful. I just wanted to find out all about it. I thought it was gonna be a titillating sex film but it wasn’t like that at all. The film has just stuck with me and I can’t stop thinking about it, even though some parts were hugely ridiculous. For example when the girl says to Dustin ‘You raped my Mum!’ and he’s like ‘No I didn’t!’ and she’s like ‘Oh okay.’
I apologise this isn’t much of a film critique. And I’m not really saying anything interesting. But for me to be touched by a film is quite a biggy. Maybe this is what liking films is like? Maybe I should just accept I will have to waste a few hours to get to the good ones. For example we watched ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and had to turn it off because it was so dull but then I broke my ‘Pulp Fiction’ virginity two nights ago and it was WICKED!
I remember I was at a sort of fancy party once (feeling hugely out of my depth and staring open mouthed at Rosie Huntington Whitely sat opposite me eating soup) and Dustin Hoffman came in the room. Everyone was nudging and looking star struck and we went over to say hello. I don’t think I said anything, I can’t bloody remember now. Dammit. I can’t even remember if I met him! I think I did. I don’t know. Does it even matter? Probably not. But I think I might be a bit in love with him. That’s all. I’m going to watch it again now.
p.s How weird is this? You know I blogged about Sarah Haskins last time? Myself and Jo ended up meeting her in NY!!! It was at a talk about this new book called 'Flow' by Susan Kim. It's great everyone should read it. It was such a fun night, she is the best.