I’m not one to contemplate during Lent, if only because I contemplate every day anyway. The only difference is that in Holy Week, I have more time to contemplate, because of the absence of work.
Today was incredibly productive – I did some spring cleaning, backed up files, played some Final Fantasy XII, read some Watership Down, and – most contemplatively – watched In The Mood For Love. I’ve seen this maybe twice before, but not recently, and again I chided myself for forgetting that Wong Kar Wai was my favorite director. There’s really no doubt about it. (Previously, if anyone asked me who my favorite director was, I’d have answered Darren Aronofsky. I love Aronofsky, but WKW beats him by a mile.)
ITMFL isn’t my fave film of his (that goes to Chungking Express), but I was amazed at how much I loved this film more now that I’m older. WKW’s style – slow, unhurried storytelling, and a high attention to little details of life – kind of mirrors the way my brain works. I have a really bad memory and cannot recount exact events, but I can remember still images, usually details, little things that don’t add up but are beautiful nonetheless. You’d think that with my fast-paced lifestyle, I’d like directors who like things fast – say, Steven Soderbergh, or Aronofsky – and though that’s how I live my life, that’s not how I feel things. Feelings tend to creep up on me slowly and intensely. That’s what WKW does – he hits you where it hurts, and he does it gently, letting you experience life a bit uncertain as to what you’re doing. That’s what goes on behind my packed appointment books and busy IM status messages. I’m always feeling something, contemplating something, with repetitive emotional music playing at the back of my head.
Or maybe I’m just in the mood for love 😉