Sunday, August 12, 2007

Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love" + "Creature from the Black Lagoon" - Cinema in the Park

Things one doesn't expect to see in public parks, showing on large projection screens out under the stars, for free. Much less on the same night:

Wong Kar- Wai's masterful and gorgeous cinematic ode to times long-past in Hong Kong (and contestably one of the most visually poetic films ever made in the history of cinema) "In the Mood for Love" showing in the International District's Hing Hay Park. With the audience consisting of a significantly larger-percentage-than-not of asian teenagers (like 90%??).
Ongoing film series through August, with a evident asian-culture focus:

Link to Hing Hay Park infos

Later that same night in a different locale the 3-D print of "Creature from the Black Lagoon" showing at Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson park as a late-night movie, again on a large screen out-of-doors. Cal Anderson has been such an excellent addition to Capitol Hill since its opening in Fall of 2005. Especially in summer, with the open landscape allowing for much visible expanse of sky and shade under the trees. It should be pointed out, that the ongoing film and jazz series at the park through the summer is in fact *not* just all of a 'lowest common denominator' nature:

Link to Cal Anderson Park infos

With both of these bracketing the showing of "To the Stars by Hard Ways" in the Russian Sci-Fi series currently at the Northwest Film Forum (written about here previously) it made for the makings of a kaleidoscopic and darn-near thematically confounding night of cinema both inside and out.