Here’s a little bit of sunshine for your Monday. The good folk over at Bright Wall/Dark Room sent out this Twitter prompt the other day:
We’re halfway through our biggest issue ever, devoted to single frames from a film & what they mean to us. But today, instead of publishing a new essay, we’d like to hear from you!— Bright Wall/Dark Room (@BWDR) December 19, 2020
Share a photo of a movie frame/shot that simply makes you happy.
It led to some truly glorious returns. The thing that came to mind for me first was the header image at the top of the post.
That’s the brilliant Anton Yelchin, taken from the world so early, and Alia Shawkat, in one of my absolute favourite films of recent years: Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room—a movie that I saw in the cinema and that remains one of the most indelible movie theatre experiences I’ve ever had. I could go on all day about Green Room, but I’ll save that for another time. It’s the frame that’s relevant here. It might seem an odd choice in response to a prompt about ‘happy’ frames. Green Room is many things, but it is not exactly what most people would class as a ‘happy’ film. Which is mostly true, if somewhat reductive. The great thing about Green Room is that before all the carnage and sorrow is unleashed, we’re treated to a series of scenes that show us how the band at the heart of the movie live. They’re a DIY punk band, living on the road in their van, siphoning off gas, relying on only each other. And there’s a great amount of poetry and romance to the way it’s all depicted. That’s done to accentuate the later horror, and to make us really feel for the characters who are subjected to it, and it works a treat. For a blissful, painfully short time, we are on the road with the Ain’t Rights, and the atmosphere is heavy with camaraderie, punk, and the crisp air of the Pacific Northwest. It always makes me smile. Even if inevitably then I remember what is still to come.
Here are some other responses to Bright Wall/Dark Room’s prompt:
(but also) pic.twitter.com/JrcYBxGqBR— torionic (@Torionic) December 19, 2020
The Russians are coming! pic.twitter.com/KdbGVkMtdt— William (@criticaldroll) December 19, 2020
one of my favorite food-eating scenes pic.twitter.com/XxIzmZii9y— Jennifer C. Martin (@notreallyjcm) December 20, 2020
The minty flavor of this frame always puts a smile on my face. pic.twitter.com/6c0UW9EaHb— The Film Source (@TheFilmSource) December 19, 2020
A smaller moment from the film full of pause worthy moments but this is one of the ones that gets me most pic.twitter.com/IUFDVPUvNP— PRobinson (@TheProblemson) December 19, 2020
I love this still because it captures the hope and joy of looking forward to conversation and bonding on a long road trip. pic.twitter.com/niutSB2a74— Tamara🍃 (@tltroup) December 20, 2020
The great Zbigniew Cybulski. pic.twitter.com/MtsRH5BCov— Quentin Hardy (@qhardy) December 20, 2020
I always forget about this scene while watching the movie but when it comes on and the credits start I can’t help but smile. pic.twitter.com/CTkpUOk34A— Stephen Ayres (@steezy_2020) December 20, 2020
ending of Rushmore is just wonderful pic.twitter.com/EITjdLFmW1— Janey (christmas) ☃️ (@BillandTedFan04) December 19, 2020
because sometimes the rain sounds better under a bucket pic.twitter.com/Ms7LcBAnn4— Dylan Foley (@foleyboii) December 19, 2020
Partly because it’s one of my favourite films, partly because I’ve been to that exact spot and the pic reminds me of a great holiday, and partly because it’s so very pretty. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bjkl0krSyw— Lina Persson (@MsLinaPersson) December 20, 2020
Header Image Source: A24