Forget the old dream
Since music plays a huge part in my life, I am always interested in seeing not just how cinema leverages it, but also how music can make use of cinema to offer new angles from which to approach it. I already wrote about music videos and film concerts, and yet Angel Olsen’s Big Time poses a different problem: has music become cinema or is it something new altogether?
My 2021 in films
2021 has been a weird year. On the one hand, the pandemic still wants to be with us and I had to say goodbye to a dear relative. On the other hand, cinema has satisfied me unexpectedly in different occasions over these last twelve months, even though I haven’t spent too much time with it. Something a dear friend usually does. Let’s recapitulate.
He won, didn't he?
It’s easy to cast a disparaging look at the state of my country from the comfort of my desk, and yet it has been a while since hope took a different road from mine. Have Italians ever been so lost that nothing seems capable of distracting them from their cynic detachment from reality? Most of the time our reactions translate into sarcasm, which soon stagnates in a quest for social interaction where the exchange of opinions amounts to little more than vain lamentations.
Let Soderbergh talk
Sometimes it takes a peculiar turn of events to shine a new light on a film that did not hit me at all the first time I watched it. The more dramatic the events are, the more the film is able to dig its own way through me on the second time. And if the film manages to catch me off guard as well, it simply means that I did not have a clue before and that I was, once again, ignoring the brilliant capacity that cinema has to enter my life unexpectedly.
When I first watched Watchmen, I felt like Zack Snyder was playing the most cruel of jokes on me. Since the difference between arts was still eluding me at the time, I went in looking for the comic book that I love, wrongly assuming Snyder would tell me what I already knew about its awesome pages. As a result, I removed Snyder from my radar.