As I was watching the Academy Awards this year, I realized that I hadn’t seen any of the nominated films or any films at all for that matter. I vowed to change that. While I still haven’t gone to a theater, I’ve moved a step closer. My wonderful local library system has been helping me catch up on films that I missed.
Over 4th of July weekend, I watched Ender’s Game, which had been in my queue for months.
I loved it … and that surprised me. I fell in love with the book when I was first introduced to it about five years ago. The story was great, especially the strategy part. A couple of years later, I listened to the audiobook of Ender’s Shadow. At the end of the latter book, there was an interview with Orson Scott Card talking about making the movie. They were taking the approach of combining the two books. I was so excited by the idea.
I seldom like a movie if I’ve read the book, but this one stayed true to the first book, more or less and didn’t encompass the second book at all. Despite my expectations, there was never a moment when I was disappointed in the choices the adapter made. How very un-me! I was so proud of myself.
Not only does my library loan movies, it also screens them. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go with Ms. M to see a film I regretted missing last year – Her.
I’ve loved Joaquin Phoenix since To Die For. I knew he wouldn’t disappoint, and he lived up to my expectations. Holy Cow! It was so incredible – funny, sad, and most of all thought provoking. Two thumbs up. I’ll definitely be thinking about this film for a long time to come.
Going to the library to watch the film showed me what I’ve been missing out on by seeing things on video – the group experience. Even when I’ve gone to films by myself, knowing that there were people around me sharing the adventure does make a difference.
Do you prefer public film viewings or at home? or What was the last event you attended at your local library?