I wasn’t what you’d call a “normal” teenager — if there is such a thing. See, most teens watch a movie like I Know What You Did Last Summer eagerly awaiting the bloody kills, rooting for the bad guy to gruesomely dispatch his sinful adolescent targets.
Me? I cried when they died.
When asked how I liked the movie, only three words could escape my lips:
“They killed Buffy!”
Any cineaste worth his salty popcorn knows the legend of the Lumiere brothers’ 1895 short Arrival Of A Train At La Ciotat, one of the first films ever screened. (Back in 1895, they preferred titles to tell it like it is — no fancy-pants The Upside Of Anger or Broken Flowers.) The Parisian audience settled into their seats awaiting a charming new form of entertainment and, as said train arrived at the aforementioned station, they collectively jumped up and bolted out of the theater for fear of being run over.
Now that’s effective filmmaking.
James Cameron’s new film Titanic is quite a spectacle! It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers named Jack and Rose. He’s a poor guy, she’s a rich girl, but they buck class conventions clearly delineated by the ship (and the world at large) and decide to hook it up in an old-timey car anyway. But it’s bad timing, because — spoiler alert! — the ship hits an ice berg. Now, I won’t say whether or not the Titanic actually sinks or if Jack and Rose survive and make babies together, because you should probably see this for yourself before I go and ruin the ending.
I will say, however, it’s an epic mix of action and romance featuring the winsome Winslet reunited with her Revolutionary Road costar DiCaprio (who has clearly had some work done recently — he’s much more visibly baby-faced here than he was recently in Inception or Shutter Island). The movie is probably too long to have a huge impact at the box office and too focused on the shipwreck peril to do well during awards season. Plus, it was released in April, so it’ll be forgotten by December, surely. Still, I recommend you see it now, in theaters, to ensure good sound and picture quality. Because it’s not like movies get released in theaters more than once, now, do they?
I’m about to do the same.
Not when the Titanic sank, of course. That was almost 100 years ago!
But where were you when you first saw the James Cameron movie?
Okay. Now hold that thought and skip ahead fifteen years, because Titanic is being re-released on the 100th anniversary of the ship setting sail — April 6, 2012. (Because I guess the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking was tacky?) And I have a confession to make, that I will pose in the form of a question:
Am I the only one who stumbled upon the trailer for Titanic 3D and got a little misty?