Cinema Shows Week 2

  • British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 1
  • British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema  in 2009- 1
  • Ticket Outlay £2.47.5
  • ‘Going Out’ – 2
  • ‘Staying In’ – 2
  • ‘Orange Wednesday’ was busy this week at the Odeon Freemens Park where I went to see Slumdog Millionaire at the 5.45 screening, though it was very crowded for the later ones. I would say that the screening I attended with my partner and two friends was over half-full. At the moment I feel that ‘going out’ to the cinema is more fun than ‘staying in’ with a DVD, although on DVD this week I very much enjoyed Gerard Depardieu’s crooning in The Singer (Quand J’Etais Chanteur). However, the rich soundtrack and large screen visuality of Slumdog is hard to replicate at home. I will gather my thoughts about the film in a review post. My personal connection to Slumdog Millionaire is that I once shared a platform with Indian film actor hero Amitabh Bachchan when he received an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree at De Monfort University in Leicester in 2006. In the funniest moment of the film, the very young ‘slumdog’ is so determined to meet the film star that he forces himself to swim through a swamp of shit in order to make the personal appearance. The graduation ceremony had less frenzied encounters with the Indian film icon, but the presence of so many Asian families in the audience and graduands daring to beat protocol to shake their hero’s hand on the stage, created an exceptionally charged atmosphere.

    After the film, over tapas at Barceloneta, part of the social experience of going out, everyone was positive about the film. A pleasant start to the adventure, but I expect low points to come. We did have to watch the trailer for The Young Victoria (scheduled release for 6th March) – envisage a low depression over any early spring.

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