Looking for a change in my entertainment, or perhaps just searching for something random, I looked through a pile of DVDs in the basement. I came across a discard movie from the library. It was in the pay what you want or pay what you can pile. I don’t remember what I had in my pants pocket, but a loonie or twoonie (the one and two dollar coins in Canada respectively)seems likely–of course I could have been super cheap and only dropped a couple of quarters. I really don’t remember.
The film is titled Stuck Between Stations. I suspect the only reason I grabbed it is that is stars Zoe Lister Jones who I thought was super funny in the short-lived but rather funny Whitney. She’s got that sarcastic slightly scratchy voice that reminds you that Hollywood is not entirely full of cookie cutter actors. If I read the synopsis before taking from the library, the memory of it has been completely erased due to vacation and teaching from home.
I am not going to sing the praises of the film because it is far from perfect. However, since I chose the movie blindly without even reading the synopsis I was pleasantly surprised. It was a talky film that used a lot of non-traditional exterior shots and some unusual interior shots to tell the story. Maybe the best way to think of it is a starker, harsher version of Before Sunrise.
Now after a couple of weeks of shutdown or lock-down, or whatever we are doing to limit the spread of the virus, it is hard to forget that the world after midnight exists. I have looked down some busy streets late at night only to find then devoid of cars, when weeks ago they would have been a long row of headlights and an equally long row of taillights. Things have changed.
When was the last time you were surprised by a movie?