Friday, August 9, 2013

The Projectionist (1971)


Everyone has fantasized about what it would be like to be a movie star. Do not lie yourself that you never have it is bad for your health. We have all dreamed about what it would be like to see our faces on a billboard for a new movie and dreamed what it must be like to star alongside our favorite movie stars. I am more of a TV nerd when it comes to newer actors I always wondered what it would have been like to be a guest star on Alias or CSI:NY and meet the casts ( I would most likely be a blubbering idiot, ask for a hug, and drool over Carmine Giovinazzo from NY and Michael Vartan from Alias haha).
            The main character in The Projectionist works as a projectionist at a movie theater. The movie was made in 1971 back when projectors were still running on actual film not digital hard drives. In his booth he has photos of old movie stars that include Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart. He starts to dream about himself in several different movie genres- Noir, Superhero/Comic, Sci-fi, Silent, and New Wave. His thoughts are still centered around movies as he walks back to his apartment after his shift. When he gets home he walks into his movie poster covered room and watches another movie on the TV.
            The movie got off to a decent start and then as it went on the story got and everything just got out of hand. At one point I guess it was his mind melding all the different genres or God knows what and it got way too weird. I cannot even begin to explain what was going on.
            The Projectionist started off with the right idea and just slipped and could not get back on track. As an idea it was fantastic because his dreams at the beginning are what every movie fan or buff dreams about. I guess I could say see The Projectionist but it is not really worth it. Maybe someday someone out in Hollywood will come up with a better idea about a movie fan dreaming of being an adored actor. Hopefully is someone ever does make a movie like this it will be done well and not be horrible because if you can think about it the idea can either go over really well with the right writing and direction or it could horribly wrong and be overdone and silly.