Perfect Double Bills
Pina (2011) Dir. Wim Wenders
The Raid (2012) Dir. Gareth Evans
So, a perfect double bill consisting of a wonderful moving portrait celebrating contemporary dances’ most exquisite choreographer and a relentless, blood pumping, loud and crunching martial arts action film, Are you thinking I am out of my mind?
Well, just let me explain. Pina Bausch is an icon, when I saw Café Müller for the first time as a teenager, it made my mind really discover contemporary dance as an art form - and I am sure that is the case for thousands of others. Wim Wenders’ portrait of her through her work is a cinematic feast. It is rich, glossy and makes you shiver in appreciation of the physical and fluid representation of emotion.
Then there is Gareth Evans’ The Raid - testosterone fuelled, bloody and makes you shiver in appreciation of the physical and fluid violence on display. As contrasting as it is in every aspect, the choreography is almost equal to the delicate dance of Pina, if at the opposite end of the scale.
So, just before Sunset, stick in your blu-ray copy of Pina and enjoy your heart massaged with a nice glass of Red and some wasabi peas. Take a cigarette break, order a big greasy pizza and come back in and enjoy your heart punched and kicked with adrenaline with The Raid.