Keeping Track (August 16, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Last Week at the Movies
A big week to make up for last week, with two new movies at the multiplex and two classics at the IMA. I can’t say enough to recommend The Lumiere Brothers First Films, a compilation of 85 films that was produced by the Lumiere Institute in 1995 to commemorate cinema’s centenary. The collection is mostly comprised of examples of the Lumieres’ renowned “actualities”, precursors to documentaries, newsreels, home videos, and travelogues; there are also a few comedies and novelty films. I’d seen some of the famous Lumiere titles in early film collections, where they were presented as historical curiosities interesting to film lovers and valuable photographic records of their day. That’s all true, but they’re also beautiful and accomplished works of art- which I’d never realized before. Simply seeing a wider selection was part of it. A bigger part was the narration by a very charming Bertrand Tavernier (which plays over a pleasing piano score). His commentary is informative and amusing, and his enthusiasm for the artistry of the photography and composition is infectious.
Last Week at Home
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol- not as exhilarating as in the theater, but still great fun
New in Theaters This Weekend
An unusually busy weekend at the multiplex. Disney fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green started yesterday. The family animated movie ParaNorman, making it in the music biz drama Sparkle, and big-cast actioner The Expendables 2 start tomorrow.
What have you been watching? What are you looking forward to?