A Day at the Movies or How I Attended The Lost Weekend Film Festival

In Winchester, Virginia we have a group called Film Club 3.0. I belong to that group.

As posted “Film Club 3.0 is a community of film fans that meets as often as every week at the Alamo Drafthouse to screen independent, foreign, documentary and classic films.  Founded and led by Andy Gyurisin, the group has grown to over 1,000 members in a year of screenings at the Alamo and has helped to demonstrate that independent film is in demand in the Shenandoah Valley.  Find out more or join Film Club 3.0 HERE. ”

Film Club’s THE LOST WEEKEND celebrated film from the evening of October 3rd through the evening of October 5, showcasing 13 films, including four advance screenings. None of them had ever been shown in Winchester before.

There were people that went to all 13 films. I’m a weenie and went to 4. Nine hours of film was all I could handle. I deliberately skipped the midnight movies and the horror films.

So what did I see?

Gone Girl on opening night. As a huge fan of the book, I was pleasantly surprised and I don’t say that often about movie adaptations. (You don’t want to get me started about “Simon Birch” an adaptation of one of my favorite books “A Prayer for Owen Meany”. Seriously, you don’t.)

Saturday started at around 10:30 a.m. with Young Ones, which is opening in New York and L.A. on the 17th of October. Hard to believe that Winchester, Virginia got this movie before everyone else. I gave it an 8 out of 10.

Then I watched Life Itself which is a documentary about Roger Ebert, the film critic. I know. You’re thinking documentary. Dry. Boring. Anything but! I gave it 10 out of 10. It was a fabulous movie and I highly recommend it. I liked it so much I bid on the movie poster during the silent auction to benefit the new Winchester Foundation Cancer Treatment Center (and I won it. yay me! plus I got a great Lost Weekend t-shirt.).

I took a break for a bit and went home to feed the cat and get a few errands run. I apparently missed a great movie. Oh well.

I was back at 6:30 for Boyhood, a movie that producer and writer Richard Linklater took 12 years to film because all the main characters filmed the new scenes over the course of that 12 year period. So when you watch little Mason at age 6 and watch Mason at age 18, you are seeing the same actor throughout the movie. A number of my fellow Film Club members didn’t much like this movie but I gave it a 9 out of 10. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the story in all its “this is life”  glory, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes just mundane.

I went home after that and figured I’d be back the next day but I crashed. So I stayed home and did laundry, caught up on some other housework and DVR’d t.v. I don’t regret that decision.

I had a great time spending the day at the movies.