The film festival started this past week and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only does the 4:15 p.m. showing give me an excuse to duck out of the office early on Wednesdays, it is a nice dose of something a little different.
The films that come to Centennial Theatre are ones we may see ads for on TV and sometimes we hear about them during Oscar season, but often we shrug our shoulders and think, “Never heard of that one.”
What a treat to have an opportunity to see these films.
I make a point to go (or try and go) each week in an effort to expand my cultural horizons.
Sure, some of the movies are either a little beyond me or just not my style, but it is fun to see what is out there. It makes for good conversations with friends who attend with me as we scratch our heads and think, “What the heck was that about?”
The lineup for the next couple months looks intriguing. We get “Anna Karenina,” we get the mysterious looking “The Master” and the sure-to-be-amusing “Hitchcock.”
“Promised Land” starring Matt Damon looks to be especially interesting. The film centers on a corporate salesman who finds himself in a small town convincing residents to sell drilling rights on their land. Sound familiar?
The films remind me of the theater I used to visit regularly in college. It was about a mile walk from my apartment and the theater was split in two. One-half of the facility was for the big name Hollywood movies — Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.
The other half was a little less crowded and called “CinéArts.” It showed some of the lesser known and foreign films. I loved going there, at least once a week.
I didn’t usually go with anyone back in those days. I liked the quiet time — the “me” time as I called it. Gave me lots of time to reflect on the films I saw, which were typically much more interesting than the blockbusters down the hall.
Anyway, if you can’t find me on Wednesday afternoons over the next several weeks, I’ll be a block away at the movies.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor of The Sheridan Press.