I love that the movie theatre in my city has been finally showing Bollywood films. I go every time there is a good one showing. Mostly with my favorite actors, Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan! Plus, Netflix has a great selection of streaming foreign films.
I have recently found myself wondering what to watch on the biggest screen in my house. You see, I don't have a cable subscription or directv so I go through NetFlix or Amazon and pick the show that may placate my desire to be sedentary, yet engaged, but not overly stimulated, while I kind of do something else at the same time. Mind you, this is all while my wife and daughter are not presently at my house, as they are away. My time is precious - watching the big screen doesn't rank high on my priority list - so when it came to choosing a show, I went with a foreign film - Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I love food and art, and craft. If you do too, then this show will teach you about craftsmanship and love of your profession - well maybe not your profession exactly, but about the commitment it takes to really succeed at a profession, hopefully you love it. Jiro will also teach you about the dwindling tuna stocks and the overall impact of sushi proliferation on global fish stocks. I repeat, I love food. But when you start to think about the magnitude of seafood that is consumed, not just by us, but in fish feed for farming and other less delicate elements of our food chain - it starts to get freaky. But then, through this documentary, I developed a new love for Egg sushi. So there's that.
Just saw a Japanese art film and immersive installation by Korakrit Arunanondchai I highly recommend checking out in downtown Los Angeles at The Mistake Room by Sept 16. Here's the trailer: https://vimeo.com/99007898
This Vimeo short, in French with English subtitles, uses the "city of love" to invite us to think carefully about which of our most important memories we're storing in the digital world, and how we got about recording those memories. I found the moral thought-provoking but a little overwrought; I'm sure when the first camera was invented, someone was wringing his hands about how family togetherness would be destroyed by dressing up and standing perfectly still together for 20 minutes for a photo, rather than running and laughing together.
That said, I still really enjoyed the short. Visually, it's stunning, and the portrayal of Paris in 2020 is both startling & not far from the truth. There are a lot of "future NYC" films showing the Big Apple overrun by hologram advertising and the like, but somehow seeing the same idea projected onto a Parisian landscape feels different. Paris is historically a city that treasures leisure and the slow life -- the frantic, flashing holograms and constant swiping on the male character's smartphone really contrasts with the scenery.