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Oh, the shame.
I haven't seen a movie for so long that it's getting to be a big deal, deciding how to end the movie-drought. The Silver finally has a good movie this weekend, Blue Velvet, and I'm going to do my best to go see it at least once. It's not just one of my favorites, but it's right for my current state of mind.

And then... oh, the shame. OK, I am dying to see the new Miami Vice movie. I mean, tell me this doesn't sound good to you:
In Miami Vice, the nightscapes of L.A. are replaced by a transnational Mann-land: Whether you're in Miami, Havana, or a lawless frontier city straddling the borders of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, there's no shortage of stark-white apartments with spectacular ocean views, where gorgeous biracial women take long hot showers as R&B throbs in the background.

Lest this all start to sound campy, let's be clear: In returning to his own Miami Vice series for source material, Mann isn't mining the vein of '70s and '80s TV nostalgia that brought us movie versions of Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, and The Brady Bunch. If anything, it's the TV show, with its garish costumes and winking dialogue, that feels like a sendup, while the far grittier and darker film functions as the real thing. Mann treats the bygone series not as a brand but as a myth. He uses our background knowledge of it as shorthand, the better to hurl us in medias res.
But it also seems like the kind of thing you really have to see with a date, and the Mr. is in Durham, working all weekend, while I stay home in DC. So maybe that'll have to wait.

And then on Sunday, I'll be seeing, eeps, Lady in the Water with Liz. That can't be my movie-drought-breaker! I'll have to be sure and get to Blue Velvet first.

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miketroll From: miketroll Date: July 28th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
How long is your movie drought? I haven't been to the cinema for over 3 years and it's not bothering me!
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: July 28th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen two movies (An Inconvenient Truth and When a Geisha Ascends the Stairs) in the past three months. I tend to go in drifts with movies, watching several each week for a while, sometimes the same one over and over, and then going months without seeing any at all. My Pride and Prejudice obsession last winter was intense enough to last me all year--I saw it in the theater at least twice a week for as long as it was here, a good couple of months. In the past I wouldn't be fazed by a two-month movie drought, but now it seems more significant, maybe because I have a blog now or maybe because I've been wanting to go see something but nothing in the theaters has appealed.
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