The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

A good time to go/be nuts…for movies

Posted by Deliverator on November 20th, 2005

I went with Erik to see the new Harry Potter film at Cinerama. I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as some of the others. I didn’t feel the film was well edited, with a lot of harsh cuts that really distracted me. I did however love seeing it at Cinerama. Seeing a movie at Cinerama always adds at least a star to the entertainment value of a movie, imv.

As Ryan noted during his recent stealth exploration of Lincoln Square, their new 16-screen theater is very close to opening. There isn’t much up on the theater’s website yet, which just mentions a November opening. Erik’s mom was shopping at one of the recently opened stores at Lincoln Square and one of the people that worked there quoted a December 7th opening date for the theater. Regardless, I am going to have to get myself over there and see a film soon.

Galleria 11, located just across the street from Lincoln Tower, was sold recently (presumeably due to the impending stiff competition from Lincoln Tower’s theater) and is under new management. Galleria has been one of the only theaters on the Eastside to show indie films, although usually on just a few screens. I hope Galleria chooses to differentiate themselves by showing more indie films as a way of competing against Lincoln Tower.

I love movies of all eras and was pleased to see that Harold Llyod is getting the recognition he so richly deserves with the release of a 7 DVD, fully restored and scored boxed set. Harold Llyod is one of the all time great physical comedians, along with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he is not nearly as well known today. Llyod tended to play characters that were very much representative of the times, unlike Chaplin, whose characters have always had a very timeless quality. While his characters are somewhat dated, in other ways, he was very progressive. He was one of the first artists to retain the copyrights to his own works and exercise private control over his works. Today, so many artists have very little say in how their works are distributed. I know a lot of artists are very upset about their works being tied to the recent Sony rootkit debacle, for instance. Lloyd was also quite the technology nut, with a serious technical interest in the art/science of photography. He was particularly interested in 3d and color film processes and some of the earliest color films were made at his house. He combined this love of technology with his other great love, women. He went so far as to produce a (now classic) book of 3d nudes, which you can still buy today. I’ll pass on the book for now, but I can’t wait to see his acrobatic nuttiness in the near future.