Return to the Academy
esterday afternoon Lytteltonwitch and I went to see Still Alice, a film about a woman in her 50s who develops early-onset Alzheimers. With a premise like that, it’s not exactly a spoiler to say that you know right from the start the film isn’t going to have a happy ending. And yep, there was a lot of sniffling and eye-wiping going on around the theatre when the lights went up. I can’t exactly say I enjoyed the movie (much too sad (and scary!) for that), but it was really well done (well, apart possibly from a few niggles I had about the linguistics stuff – there is no way a second-year class wouldn’t have heard of phonology before, for a start!)
We saw it in the Academy Theatre, which has re-opened in Spotlight mall (or the Colombo, or whatever they’re calling themselves these days). I hadn’t realised they’d moved over there, and I was really impressed with the theatre – despite being in a pretty uninspiring mall, they’ve managed to retain a lot of the atmosphere they had in their old Arts Centre space. I’ll have to keep an eye out for what they’ve got showing, because the old Academy always had really interesting films.
A younger workmate whose mother works with dementia patients was so interested that she called her mother and they are going to see the movie tonight.