Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Wine Tasting

"I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I'd opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity." --Maya, Sideways

The Dawn Theatre along Gympie Road is one of those old-time cinemas that seem to stand defiant in the face of the large multiplexes built up just down the street. Usually run by a friendly elderly gentleman, small screens, dodgy sound, a musty theatre with those old brown chairs, but very reasonably priced.

Sideways is due out on dvd pretty soon, but was still playing at The Dawn Theatre on Tuesdays, so tonight we went there for a change, a little taste test. It was quite a different experience, just the one theatre, black and white portraits of past movie greats on the wall. We bought our drinks and popcorn from the friendly elderly gentleman - who was also the projectionist - and went in.

I think in some strange way, the atmosphere of the old place may have added some inexplicable quality to the film because I found I was enjoying my time there quite a bit more than the regular movie going affair. It was certainly very well written with sharp performances from the whole cast, quite funny in many places, but there was also something very real in the way the overall story was told, very truthful in the way it was shot. I liked it.

I wonder if it would have been the same on any other day.

"Tastes pretty good to me"


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