First post of 2015!!!
With the close of one year and the start of another, I thought I'd break from the traditional film "best of lists" and do something slightly different.
I LOVE movies! And I LOVE going to the MOVIES!
A giddy euphoria builds in me as I plan, travel and find my seat in the theater. And it's not just because of the movie, it's the entire film-going experience. So I present five reasons to venture out to the movies in 2015.
***SEE AT LEAST ONE MOVIE IN IMAX***
IMAX is Believing. That's their slogan and it's the truth. Why? Having recently seen THE HOBBIT:BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES in IMAX, it reaffirmed my love for the format. movies are a visual and audio medium and IMAX provides an A/V experience that cannot be matched. The format saturates the senses with superior picture and sound quality that will transport you into the film. Or at least as close as physically possible. Pick one or two "sensory overload" films and truly EXPERIENCE them, in a big IMAX way.
And speaking of "sensory overload" films...
***BIG BUDGET BLOCK BUSTER FILMS OF 2015***
This is simple enough. There are so many eagerly anticipated BIG films that will be released this year: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Ant-Man, Insurgent, Fifty Shades of Grey, Spectre, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Tomorrowland, Pan, Pixels, The Fantastic Four, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Chappie, Inside Out, San Andreas, The Hateful Eight, The Jungle Book, Strange Magic, Straight Outta Compton.
But lets not forget...
***SUPPORT INDEPENDENT/ART HOUSE THEATERS***
Some years ago, I went to see a small film (at the time THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was small) at a small off campus theater at Yale. It was one of the best film going experiences of my life. It was the ambiance and exclusivity I felt that put the film over the top for me. Independent theaters offer the opportunity to see films that mainstream theaters often miss: art films, foreign films, cult classics, the odds and ends that often go unnoticed and shouldn't. Remember, when you support small business you are supporting neighbors, friends and family.
And in this vein...
***GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE***
I am fortunate to live close to a fantastic drive-in theater which I went to a couple of times in 2014. If you have never experienced the splendor of watching a film under the stars, you need to. In a hurry. Drive-ins were once a staple of Americana, like apple pie, but have been dying out because of the advent of mutilplexes and big chain movie houses. Most offer a double feature of first run movies for less than one ticket at a cineplex (I saw GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES for $10) So find out if there is one near you. Go and enjoy a double feature.
***SOCIAL MEDIUM OVER SOCIAL MEDIA***
Admittedly this one may be a little difficult to explain, but here goes. Film was intended to be a shared experience. A natural extension of stage plays and operas, movies are meant to be seen by an audience. Yes, I know cellphones and rude behavior trample the movie going experience, and HD flatscreens, blu-ray and surround sound rock, but honestly is there anything like being in a packed house, during a midnight screening of the most anticipated movie of the year (at that moment)? The buzz and excitement is intoxicating. The shared highs and lows of the crowd during the film: the rapturous cheers, the uproarious laughter, the tense silence. So go and see a big event film on opening night. You will like it.
So those are the 5 reasons for going to the movies in 2015, but surprisingly I have one more reason...
***SPEAK WITH YOUR WALLET***
Again this one is simple. Go to see the films and types of films you want to see more. Westerns have died off because the audience doesn't generate the type of box office that would justify studios making them. A friend mentioned it this way: he went to see MAN OF STEEL not because he thought it would be a fantastic film, but because he wanted more Superman on film. The result, more Superman, more Batman. More Justice League. And more.