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:-

So I tend to go on my own.  I have my preferred routine.  Early evening midweek showing (start time of between 1830-1930), a smuggled in bottle of diet coke and a purchased choc top, often boysenberry, occasionally vanilla bean. Ideally a seat on the aisle nearest the exit and about 2/3rds of the way to the back.  Perfect.  Whilst movies are a shared experience, I don’t like sharing with too many people. I prefer a half empty screen.  More than half full you run the risk of too many breaches of the code (see below), whilst any less admittedly does start to feel a little strange. Midweek is normally perfect, weekends are too busy.

There have been a few notable exceptions though and just occasionally a packed house is wonderful.   One of the finest cinema memories I have was in 1985 watching Rocky IV in a packed screening.  The atmosphere was electric, almost like being at fight itself.  There were breaches of the code every where, but I didn’t care. I was too caught up cheering ROCKY! ROCKY! as Sly stood toe to toe with Ivan Drago. So, there are always exceptions to the rule, but these are rare and far between.  Generally less is more.

Mark Kermode , the UK’s leading film critic and Radio 2 and 5Live DJ Simon Mayo present a weekly film review show known affectionally as wittertainment. They have a weekly podcast which I enthusastically recommend. Between them and their loyal listeners they have recently drawn up a cinema code of conduct for cinema etiquette.  I think all our cinema experiences could be enhanced by simple adherence to the followng Wittertainment Code of Conduct.

So there we go, my first post. The site is live.  Please bear with me as I find my feet with this, hopefully it will not take too long.  Comments of course welcomed and encouraged.  Oh and hello to Jason Isaacs.

Will

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