artsyMy wife, Muri, and I see a lot of movies.  So many, in fact that a trip to our local Redbox is almost never fruitful.  Yes, there is an occasional really-dumb science fiction flick that Muri refused to see but that’s about it.  Netflix and Amazon Prime are relegated to rerunning favorites only.   And here in the midst of summer, our prolific movie-going often leaves us little choice in the local theaters for a Date Night film.  We pretty quickly pick off the films-with-a-brain like The Big Sick, Dunkirk and Baby Driver and a fewminion high-quality animated films like Despicable Me 3 (I love minions!). It only takes a few over-blown superhero epics and space fantasies for us to have had our fill of CGI special effects and crash-bang mayhem.

That’s when we scroll down the theaters menu on Flixter from our loccal megaplexes to the Edwards Westpark 8 Theaters in Irvine … or, as we like to westparkcall them, The Artsy-Fartsy Theaters.   The Westpark 8 shows mostly more artistic films from smaller production companies.  While the films may never hit the mainstream theaters, they often feature well-known stars and even when they don’t, relatively unknown actor deliver excellent performances.   The films tend toward the sad … or at least the poignant … and even comedies have a serious side.  We like to call them Films for Grownups but if we look around before the lights go down, we can see that most of the audience is gray-hairs like us. Perhaps Films for Grown-Olds would be more accurate.

Last night, our choice at the Arsty-Fartsies was between The Hero (Sam Elliot as a western performer struggling with the end of his career and a cancer diagnosis) and Maudie (the true story of the life of disabled Maudie Lewis, who overcame adversity to become a successful artist).   We went for Maudie. It was a beautifully-filmed atmospheric (some would say slow moving) story  of a woman whose patience … and joy at the little things in life … let her find happiness in a tiny house in Nova Scotia with a difficult man who eventually became her husband.   Sally Hawkins was brilliant as the ever-optimistic Maudie and Ethan Hawke excellent as the ultimate curmudgeon slowly falling in love with her. In the end it was a heart-warming, occasionally funny … often sad … story. Muri and I both really liked the film but could think of only few people we’d recommend it to.  So I guess we are Artsy-Farsty, too.

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4 Comments on “Artsy-Fartsy”

  1. barrythewiz Says:

    Did you drive by “our house” and wave for us? BTW, I resent the “Films for Grown Olds” label. A wise man once told that “It’s OK to get older, just don’t let yourself grow old”. So how about “Films for Folks Growing Older”??

    • oldereyes Says:

      We didn’t drive by but one of us always says, “Shall we go visit Rita and Barry?” Really, Grown-Olds is just funnier than Folks Growing Older.

  2. rita altman Says:

    Our kind of movie, too! Maybe that is one of the reasons we are such close friends!!!!!

    • oldereyes Says:

      You were the one couple we thought would like it, making you Artsy-Fartsy, too, proving the old adage: “Friends who are Artsy-Fartsy together stay together.”

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