BY CHRISTOPHER STAMM
GUEST MOVIE REVIEWER
The Experience (In theatres)
Rating depends on what you see
Hello all! This week, once again, “adulting” got in the way of seeing a new film to review for you, although I did go see The Thing which was fantastic!
That being said, I wanted to talk a little about the movie-going experience.
I was asked this week why I would pay money to go see a film that was 40 years old in the cinema when I can stream it online at home.
Whenever I am asked this question, which is more often than you might think, I always say the same thing: The Experience.
We have made huge strides in home entertainment and home theatres, from digital flat screen televisions the size of a smart car, to sound systems that would make theatres from our youth jealous. But it’s still not the same and, frankly, never will be.
We are a communal species, for good or for bad depending on your perspective, and we enjoy shared experiences. For example, Mel Brookes, Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest films ever made (it would never get made in today’s PC climate, that’s for sure), and I laugh every time I see it. BUT, when I saw it on the big screen several years back, I howled with laughter, because the cinema was packed and we were all laughing.
When Norman Bates crept up on Janet Leigh in the shower, we collectively held our breath and suppressed the desire to yell: “Look out!”
We cheer when Luke destroys the Death Star, and we cry when Gena Rowlands dies in James Garner’s arms in The Notebook.
No one can deny that feeling when you are in the crowded cinema, when the lights start to dim and the screen lights up. It’s the moment when you can put aside your troubles, your stress, your fear and worries, and let the story take you away.
There is a film called Sullivan’s Travels about a filmmaker who has lost his way and decides to go out into America and find out why people love the “picture shows,” as he calls them, and he comes to the conclusion that movies are needed. Because, as one person he speaks with said, “All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”
Thanks for reading this little discourse, and thank you for the continued support of these weekly reviews.