The past week has been so hectic (I got back to England and moved in to my new flat but none of these things went smoothly) that I decided not reflect on it – not yet anyway. Instead, I thought I’d share my recent movie marathon experience with you.
It was at an event called Night of the Cinemas, in September, where different movies were screened constantly in 6 different rooms. This way we could decide which ones to watch and in what order. We were watching films from 6 pm to 6 am but due to the huge crowd, we sometimes had to fight to get to see a film. (In fact, this was the first time when I was forced to sit in the first row of a cinema since the only free seats were there. I hated sitting there, as simple as that.) Anyway, because of the wide selection of the movie types that we could watch (a comedy, then an action movie, followed by a thriller etc), I felt quite awake during the whole time. Okay, there was one point where I felt like my brain was struggling a bit to catch up with the film as the waves of tiredness hit me, but it was quite all right. I had had way harder marathons than this recent one, to be honest. For example, one of the toughest was a Lord of the Rings-night, when we watched all three movies in a row (extended versions of course), from 7 pm to 8 am. And we had a class right after that, from 9 am that day… You can imagine how productive I was. Actually, thinking back to this memory, I kind of doubt my sanity.
So during this Night of the Cinemas the film that I liked the most was a Spanish thriller, called La Isla Mínima (Marshland). The basic story very briefly, without any spoilers: two detectives – who have some difficulties working together – are trying to catch a serial killer, whose victims are young girls. It was really exciting! Also creepy and masterful at enhancing the suspense. The colours were stunning, too: pale colours, mostly various versions of yellow and brown were used. It was absolutely efficient in expressing the desolation, dirt and desperation. You know that feeling when the mood of a film makes you squirm in your place? It was exactly like that. I do recommend it!
I love having marathons from time to time; you constantly jump from one world in to the other, and when it’s over, you’re overwhelmed with the movies that you have watched as they hit you all at once. I plan to have my own little marathons here, at Leicester, too (though NOT on school days, not anymore). However, first, I think it is time for me to visit a cinema again; a really great one in Leicester is the Showcase, which you find in the city centre, in Highcross. It has some pretty good offers nowadays (The Intern, The Martian etc), so I got to go!