— Ster-Kinekor (@sterkinekor) September 12, 2014
It’s always better on the big screen indeed!
Going to the movies has never lost it’s appeal, certainly not in comparison to watching DVDs or television, because it has a sense of occasion. It’s a lot more casual that what it used to be in our parents’ day when going to the cinema required formal wear, but nothing does the cinematic experience justice better than a full movie screen. This is one time when size really does matter, because we like our movies full-sized.
Movies are perfect for date nights, killing time or simply to be entertained. Where would dating be without the movies? You get to sit in very close proximity with someone you like without the pressure of having to make conversation. You just need to consider their tastes before your own. I love movies so much that I used to go four times a week, especially on Tuesdays when Ster Kinekor gave card holders a 50% discount, and if I was free I could easily watch three movies consecutively. Even in summer, when temperatures were scorching, I would seek out a movie just to enjoy the welcome respite of an air-conditioned movie house. If a movie was great, like Evita, Chicago or even Charlies Angels: Full Throttle (Don’t laugh!), I would go see it twice. And again on DVD and on television.
As mentioned above, I used to go to movies four times a week, but that was before getting married- since being married that average dropped down to four times a year, if I was lucky. Between married life, my career and juggling other responsibilities, I could never get my act together to even see one movie a month. Then the ultimate movie lovers’ dream came true, I was invited by Ster Kinekor to review their movies for Jozi Style on Radio Today Johannesburg. Suddenly, I found the time to see every movie before it opened on circuit- all in the name of work. Talk about getting paid to do something I would pay to do!
I don’t even consider myself to be a proper film critic because I don’t understand how they work. Film critics are curious creatures as they spend more time bitching about how bad every movie is, yet they keep returning to see more bad movies. Film critics are notoriously condescending about commercial releases, yet will work up a rabid froth about obscure foreign titles that only they alone could appreciate. In my opinion, movies are subjective: you either like it or you don’t. You don’t need a film critic to tell you what you must watch, or what you must enjoy, because you’re paying for the ticket you can choose to enjoy whatever you like.
Sometimes you want a movie that offers purely mindless entertainment that you can just enjoy without thinking too hard, other times you want to see a movie that has some cinematic substance to it. A great comedy that makes you laugh in the face of adversity is better than popping happy pills, while great dramas that can redefine the human experience will literally change the way you think about other people. I love the written word, I love the spoken word, in fact, I just love words. A memorable line or witty repartee will stay with me forever, sometimes even recycled iton my own vocabulary that I think I thought of it myself.
I don’t like to reveal the punchline to any movie because it spoils it for the viewer, but if you haven’t seen The Object of Beauty within the last 25 years, then you probably never will. It’s a riveting movie starring John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell whose relationship is challenged by the mysterious disappearance of a tiny sculpture by Henry Moore. While the viewer knows who stole the statue they never know why. It’s an ugly little statue that has no aesthetic appeal whatsoever. The person who stole the statue is a working class maid at the hotel, whose circumstances don’t seem to afford her the opportunity to appreciate the value of a Thomas Moore piece. The only question I kept asking myself, but couldn’t answer, was why would she risk losing her job by stealing something she couldn’t appreciate. When they finally answers, she explains using her hands through sign language that it spoke to her. And she heard.
At that point, I decided she was innocent of any wrong doing. That’s the power of the (un)spoken word in movies.
Reviewing movies for Ster Kinekor is a blast. My opinion is my own, so I can review things as favourably, or as scathingly as I like. I really enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, which I described as a mind-blowing, adrenalin fuelled epic which left me breathless, exhilarated and believing that the world is a better place with Spider-Man in it. Unfortunately, I really hated Devil’s Due, from the minute it began until the point where I walked out, so it gave me a great pleasure to title my review Devil’s Due @DevilsDueMovie Should Go Straight to DVD and All Copies Burnt in Hell! I also tagged the producers on Twitter so they knew exactly what I thought of it.
Another cool thing about reviewing movies for Ster Kinekor is I get lots of free tickets to see more movies again, or share them with friends. In a rather fortunate turn of fate, I’m no longer in the position where I can’t see enough movies, but I have more tickets to movies than there are movies that I can go see. Fortunately, the kind folks at Ster Kinekor said I can share them readers who share my blog: i.e. you!
If you would like to win a double set of tickets to any movie, anywhere in South Africa, specifically at a Ster Kinekor cinema, simply tell us what was your favourite movie- and why? There are no right or wrong answers, because five randomly selected people will be sent to the movies, courtesy of Ster Kinekor and Jozi Style.
Actually, make that four people, I’m going to enter myself to go see Boyhood again at Cinema Nouveau!
Oh, and a retweet or two would be appreciated 🙂