Monthly Archives: May 2013

In the Lenterim: SIFF 2

Populaire (2012) – There may be something wrong with me. I’m starting to enjoy some romantic comedies. Though in loving Populaire, I feel I can make some excuses. It knows how ridiculous the genre is, and it runs with it. The movie starts with a ridiculous premise (a girl from a small village in Normandy competes in the worldwide speed-typing championships), and it goes all-out (the whole world watches the speed-typing championships with glee, and the winners become international celebrities). From time to time, I even get the sense it’s making fun of the tropes of romcoms while still committing fully to them. There may also be something about sport movies here, but I don’t know anything about sports.

As a side note to the people who design subtitles: why in God’s name would you position the subtitles so they run below the bottom edge of the screen? Don’t do that, stupid.

In the Lenterim: SIFF

Lent is over for now. Has been for a month now, now that I think about it. During this time, the time I call the Lenterim, I will still be watching movies. This time of year happens to be the start of the 39th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), so here we go.

Putzel (2012) – I believe it was Gertrude Stein who said “A romcom is a romcom is a romcom is a romcom” or something like that. While I’ve accustomed myself to movies that feature plot or characters or, in some cases, just pretty pictures, a romcom presents an experience without interest in any of these fields. For a romcom, rather than the stock characters of commedia dell’arte, romcoms give stock stories on which to build a setting. In this case, it’s a piece about a bagel shop on the Upper West Side. There are no surprises (if there were, it wouldn’t be a romcom), but at least it’s cute.