Cinema used to be a very big love of mine. I don’t mean in a critic sort of way, just that I used to love going, every week, to see something new and different. I’ve come across some amazing films that way, that probably would never have appeared on my radar otherwise.
When I lived in London, I was about a 20 minute walk from a large multiplex and it was £5 admission if you went early enough in the afternoon. So I went early Saturday afternoons, nearly every week. I saw some amazing films, and some trash it has to be said. But enjoyable, whimsy trash nonetheless.
When I moved out to the country, our nearest cinema was a 20 minute drive away. It was (maybe still is) a flea pit, filthy on the handful of occasions I’ve been there, litter everywhere, not a pleasant place to be. So I didn’t. However, now my little man is at school, settled and very happy, I feel more at liberty to start going again through the day. The cinema at Bluewater is beautifully kept and has an 11am showing (or thereabouts) for most films and I feel that, as I do not find it easy to go in the evenings for all sorts of reasons, I’m going to take advantage of that early showing every couple of weeks. I’ve really felt the lack of cinema in my life in recent times, and in order to address that I got myself a subscription to LoveFilm, and had DVDs delivered to home. Really this was the only way I was going to get to see some of the films I wanted to see. But now I have a bit more time during the day, I’m going to return to the cinema.
I’m also enjoying introducing my son to cinema. The first film he ever saw was in 3D, at the Science Museum in London. It was about life under the sea, and the beginning of the film had lots of octopi seeming to float out of the screen. It was really amusing to see all the little hands in the audience reach up as if to pluck them out of the air! Since then he’s seen Madagascar 3 and a film called The Pirates! in 3D and Top Cat and a couple of others in standard format. He’s loved them all.
Some films are so much better on the large screen: I would have loved to have seen Avatar and I will see the sequel on the big screen. I went to see Life of Pi in 3D last week (in the evening with some friends) and enjoyed it very much. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in recent times and it would have lost so much of its spectacular cinematography on the small screen. I’m aiming to go to see Les Miserables next week as I think the atmosphere will be so much better at the cinema. That is going to be such a popular film!