Seen with a 9-piece ensemble playing a new score commissioned by the Mary Pickford Foundation. The movie had some great comedy and melodrama, but man, with that score, it was glorious. So good.
Finally watched the movie that was No. 1 at the box office the weekend after I was born. There’s a lot to like here! McQueen, Newman, and Holden are all top notch, and the VFX are pretty darn solid, with excellent model work. Sad to see so many innocent people biting it, but at least the cat makes it out alive.
Looking forward to rewatching it with the modern VFX supervisor commentary track.
After newly calibrating my projector, I notice the subtlety of the green cast of the imagery from inside the matrix. It's mostly in the flesh tones, and doesn't usually affect the black leather or dark, rainy streets, which stay pretty neutral, or even lean a tiny bit blue. An impressive and subtle color grade.
The second time seeing the film, unburdened by expectations, fears, and a burning anger at having a significant moment spoiled; undistracted by noticing callbacks for being callbacks and just now seeing them in the context of the new story… this is a fine, fine Star Wars film.
Also, way better in 2D. Seattle Cinerama's laser projection is the best way to watch this film.