I recently had a revelation while streaming a movie at home: I didn't enjoy the movie at all. My phone was buzzing every few minutes. The dog was barking at something outside. Things were rattling in the kitchen. The cat jumped off my keyboard stool and knocked it over. Sheesh. It was a waste of money and time. It's no fun watching a movie if you have to stop it ten times to wait for the noise to subside. I'm one of those who must be immersed in a film to gain anything from it - even if it's only two hours of release and escape.
In fact, that's one of the reasons I enjoy the cinema. You may have noticed that film studios are now starting to include celebrity thank-you's before the start of the movie. There are two reasons for this: 1) box office sales have been in decline the last couple years; and 2) filmmakers create stories that are intended to be experienced on a big screen.
Movie-going is a relief. I truly relax when I am at the movies, experiencing something with others. No distractions, no calls, no emails and no texts. I am into the experience. The elated feeling I can't get watching anything at home because at home I'm still tethered. The cinema is a curated space for the experience of film, even if it's just a great action flick.
Destress, decompress. Come down for a while. Escape for a couple hours. Have fun.
I was pleased when a local patron told me that one of her 2019 goals was to get out and see more movies and stage productions. I don't know what led to that decision, but something told me it was going to be good.
"Nana's Naughty Knickers" plays January 25-27. This is the point at which tickets sell out fast. Don't wait. Because I've been listening to rehearsal, and, well, it's going to be a hoot. (For mature audiences only, please.) Go to the Stage page to purchase your tickets, or call 382-1380 and we'll get you set up.
See you then!