I’m just going to start by putting it all out there: this was an absolutely fantastic watch. It’s funny, quirky, and thought-provoking content kept me engaged all the way through. Why did ‘I Used to Be Normal…’ enrapture me the way it did? Let me break it down.
A feel-good, end of summer experience that will warm your heart and have you yearn for the days where you could just hit the road and drop all your problems; no social media and still entirely possible to just disappear for a while.
It is extremely difficult to adapt any Shakespeare text to screen. Theater performances, for one, differ wildly from screen-acting both for inflection and line delivery. The overlap can sometimes disrupt immersion, especially when an adaptation doesn’t go the way as planned.
In a way, John Schlesinger’s ‘Midnight Cowboy’ (1969) is the perfect conclusion to this round of sixties movies. Schlesinger had previously directed three British films, but this was his first American film. It’s meticulously edited and stitched together for maximum effect and exceeds beyond just an average film.
It’s dry, dark, and wicked fun; perhaps the perfect antithesis to a dull summer blockbuster season.
It’s important to note, especially here, that Kubrick’s visionary aesthetic is on full display: with pure analog filmmaking, he captured a world enslaved by technology and artificial intelligence.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ exposes the shallowness of riches, and what wealth does to a person.
The kinetic energy of the show, where the audience mainly consisted of high school students, was the result of the heart-pounding intensity between the performers and the crowd.