My Cinematic History: The Origin Story

Hoth

What was the first film you ever saw at the cinema, is a question often posed in cinematic conversations? For a long time I was always proud that my answer was 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, one of the most critically and pop culturally relevant films of my lifetime.

I have vivid memories of as an eight year old, being hunkered down in the dark of Screen Two at my local Canon cinema back in the UK, watching the AT ATs attacking the rebel base on Hoth, all while my Dad slept soundly in the seat next to me. This scene was seared into my imagination (the AT ATs, not my Dad’s snoring) and was then lovingly recreated in thick crayon into the pages of an old 1980s schoolbook the following Monday morning during topic talk.  With this being my first exposure to cinema, how could I not become the half-arsed cinephile that I grew up to be. (more…)

DVD or Download?

I can tell you the exact moment when I changed from DVD to download only.  It went something like this.

‘Daddy Daddy, look what I can do.’

‘What’s that sweetheart?’

‘If I press this blue button the DVD player opens.’

Game over for the DVDs there and then.  What followed wasn’t pretty. Sticky fingers, bent disks, crayon, felt tip and glitter.  None of which is conducive to good play back. But worst of all, putting the disks back in the wrong boxes. (more…)

Watching Movies

I like to to go to the cinema on my own.  Some have claimed this is odd, whilst others damn right creepy, but to me it just feels right.  Some of this is driven by circumstance (my wife and I have two small children so rarely do we venture out the house as a couple), but also mainly by choice.  Going to the cinema with someone is a very personal experience and in many ways quite intimate.  Whilst my wife has stated (but I should say I have never tested this theory) that she is happy for me to watch a film with a member of the opposite sex, there is no way on earth I would let her go with another guy.  It just feels too intimate, bordering on romantic even.  Many a marriage is made at the cinema, as mine effectively was.  Just look around at the next screening you are in.  Try and count the number of couples you see either on first dates (the old dinner and movie approach) or obviously early on in their relationship. They often make up half the audience.

Many a marriage is made at the cinema, as mine effectively was.  Just look around at the next screening you are in.  Try and count the number of couples you see either on first dates (the old dinner and movie approach) or obviously early on in their relationship. They often make up half the audience.

If you want proof of the romantic virtues of cinema then check this out:- (more…)