yesterday, i went on my very first movie date completely alone! as in, i went to the movies by myself for the first time ever. people always talk about how wonderful it is to do this, but to me, it just seemed like a sad and lonely way to spend an afternoon.
after reading the nytimes magazine feature on miranda july yesterday morning (a week late, i know), i decided that i really just wanted to watch “the future.” since no one was around (and darling roommate had just moved out), seeing a movie solo seemed like the most fitting way to enter the matt-less part of my life.
and it was pretty great. it helped that the screening was at ifc center, a theater i love and hold dear to my heart. during the afternoon showing, it wasn’t strange to be alone at all. i truly came out of it feeling inspired and independent. no one to worry about, no one to talk to, no one to impress with my fabricated understanding of the mise en scene.
july’s latest feature is actually perfect for this, its themes of anxiety and maturity work rather well for the single viewer. especially since we’re all a little afraid of growing up and more than a little nervous talking about it.
(movie times for “the future” here)