Monday, February 14, 2011

Memento is back in theaters for Feb 17!

A piece of news came along that changed my posting plans for this month - Christopher Nolan's great "Memento" is out in theaters for one night only, February 17th! The wonderful folks at The AV Club posted the news on Friday. The show will be followed by a video interview with Nolan and Guillermo del Toro.

The list of cities in which one theater will play Memento this Thursday: Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Alpharetta, GA; Dedham, MA; New York, NY; Arlington, TX; Houston, TX; Fairfax, VA; Vancouver, BC; Toronto, CA. Also, the website this link points to will list any newly-added theaters to play the best film of 2001 (kiss my #!!, "A Beautiful Mind"). Already, there are additional screenings for Michigan, Texas, DC, Colorado, and many more...

Are you going to have a slow Thursday this week? Well, how about a clever, funny, and exciting crime-drama/thriller that got 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 80% on Metacritic? And an Oscar nom for Best Screenplay?

For anyone who missed the exceptional "Following," "Memento" was their very first exposure to the unique mind and style of Nolan. Also, of course, to Jonathan Nolan - who wrote the short story that inspired the movie. Well, this re-release is, in fact, a celebration of the movie's 10-year anniversary in the US. It's also a promotional move, for a special new Blu-ray DVD of the flick.

I have yet to review "Memento" in part because it's such a good movie that it's intimidating to approach. Also, even though I bought the DVD as soon as it came out, I haven't actually seen the film since 10 years ago (in the theater). I love the movie so much, I've been saving it for a special day; and I won't break that piggy-bank just yet. Fer reals.

What I will say is that if you somehow missed "Memento," is that the structure is bold and deeply-intriguing, the story and the characters are vivid and easy to enjoy. It's a smart movie, but you don't have to be smart to enjoy it. You just have to enjoy a picture with more going on than, "She's pretty; I think we're perfect for each other," or "if we don't blow that... thing over there, then people are gonna die!"

Please go to the theater on the 17th. If you can't make the showing, you should rent "Memento" - then sit back and have your mind completely blown. It won't be the first, or last, time that Chris' work will have that effect on you.

I'll see ya'll on Wednesday with a new review,
Half a Film Student

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