After seeing Trance with the family this weekend; an experience made slightly uncomfortable given the full frontal nudity, the conversation quickly led to what was referred to as: Weird Cinema, but before I get to that I need to give you some background.
After a short discussion began about the film's quality, I quickly realized that the issues they had were down to narrative, editing and chronology, or Weird Cinema for short. Films that also make this list include: Looper, Inception, Vanilla Sky, and of course, Trance. It would seem that these four have made the list in their minds however, hearing them talk about all of this led me to question why these 'weird films' are regarded as such, and what that means for the general public and Hollywood itself.
Firstly, I massively enjoyed Trance as like all Danny Boyle films, whilst the story might break under too much questioning, the film is so well put together that it’s rarely an issue. The reason it makes the list above is the way the story is told, as in terms of narrative the film slowly delves into the lead characters mind, and more and more information (or faux information) is revealed about past events as the story progresses. Whilst it remains to be seen, it would seem that the powers that be haven't the utmost faith in the film reaching a mainstream audience; releasing it quietly here last week and buried under a busy schedule this week across the pond. My question is simply: why? A movie that many would cite as similarly muddled managed impressive box office results only six months ago. That film of course was Looper.
To anyone out there wondering as to what the message here today is, or what the point of the article stands as, the answer is simple. This article stands as an open letter to Hollywood, from one filmmaker to (presumably) others, asking for change. I don't know how, but it would make a nice change of pace populist cinema and indie ideals to meet without the need from an Empire magazine cover star.