Screening good movies? Yes please.

February 7, 2019

 

Anyone who follows me on social media (and I'm assuming that's most of you since... well, you're reading this) will know that I've often spoken about my disappointment in local cinemas with regards to screenings. It's not that I don't enjoy the cinema - although you'd be forgiven for thinking that since I spend so much time moaning about it - it's just that I find it harder and harder to find enthusiasm for the films being screened.

 

The last movie I went to go see that I had a genuine, honest enthusiasm for was Stan & Ollie, and while that film was great, my excitement for it was very much born out of my pre-existing love for Laurel and Hardy than it was a genuine interest in biopics.

 

Anyway, all of this is a rather roundabout way of me saying that I'm growing tired of the endless stream of mainstream blockbusters that the three local cinemas I have easy, regular access to offer up. There may very well be a problem with the scale and number of movies that Hollywood studios are putting out these days (and let's be honest, there is; mid-range movies seem to have died out in the studio system), but it's not like there aren't decent movies being released all the time.

 

A24 are constantly putting out interesting stuff, while there are countless interesting films coming from "independent" production houses. It's just that these films get such a small cinema roll out that none of the cinemas around me put them on. I guess Eighth Grade just doesn't draw a crowd in the same way The Avengers does, and I get that. But that doesn't mean it doesn't suck.

 

What's more, I'm continuously seeing places like the Watershed in Bristol, for example, putting on screenings of classic films. I recently saw somewhere was putting on Suspiria followed by Suspiria. I'd have been there for that, 100%. But... I can't. It's too far. How would I get there.

 

So, I've occasionally put a post out about how I'd love to seen an independent cinema crop up, or some regular screenings of interesting, more obscure movies. And, as much as I would love to, I just don't have the time or the knowledge to do something like that myself, otherwise I definitely would. No joke. I'd kill to have somewhere to go that runs a Universal Monsters night, or has an entire week of Spaghetti Westerns. And I bet others would too.

 

But, all of this might be about to change. Early this week I attended a BFI workshop, and I heard some interesting news regarding a local production company who are currently in the process of putting together some screenings - sort of exactly like the ones I have a desire to see.

 

This is super exciting, and I'm really glad to hear that someone is actually doing this. It's something that is desperately needed, and I can't wait to see what happens, and then force myself on them in one way or another, demanding to get involved because... well, I really want to pick movies to watch on a big screen.

 

I'm joking... sort of.

 

But in all seriousness I'm really, really excited about this prospect. It's something that I have a genuine belief and interest in, and I strongly think it would do the town a lot of good. Great movies are great movies, regardless of whether or not they feature superheroes or galaxies far, far away. As the whisper on the wind would tell Kevin Costner, "If you build it they will come", and I think that applies here. I know I, for one, am down for watching some awesome movies on a big screen.

 

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