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This Why It’s More Fun To See Current Movies In The Theatre Than At Home

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to slip away for an outing during the evening or afternoon time. Sometimes, you just need an excuse to have a little time to enjoy some mindless entertainment and for today’s current movies, there is no better activity. It can be tempting to rent movies after their release dates and stay home. Sometimes, those are good options. But nine times out of ten, the option of viewing a movie in the actual movie theatre is a far superior choice. Take a look at five compelling reasons why you should venture out for your next foray into the world of cinema:

1. The food.

First, and foremost, movie snacks are the number one reason why you should make the extra effort to see your favorite movies in the theatre. Movie food is so much more than just a good snack: it’s a chance to remember all your favorite childhood movie treats. It can be a trip down memory-lane. Also, with some great novelty theaters popping up, you can find gourmet food and actual meals. Some theaters are even taking it a step further with in-house brewing. It just doesn’t get any better than dinner, craft beer and a movie!

2. The atmosphere.

While it can be convenient to stay in your home, in your pajamas to watch a movie, there is something to be said for getting dressed for an outing. Sitting in a big theater with other people feels special. With the seats, the surround sound, the smell of movie popcorn, it just doesn’t get better than that. Also, you really can’t see current movies when they are released unless you venture out to the cinema.

3. The big screen.

There is no substitute for seeing a cinematic piece unfold on a big screen. Sure, you may have a large screen at home, but it certainly will not compare to the drama that is a movie theater big screen. And almost nearly ever movie lends itself well to larger screens. Action-packed films, of course, play out nicely with the larger view. Period pieces and large love stories showcase breath-taking scenery better. Mystery and horror films will give you a scare larger than you would receive at home. In short, there’s not much that can make up for a big screen.

4. The previews.

In today’s day and age of DVR, Netflix, pre-ordered movies, it is hard to find the ability to truly enjoy previews. A dying art, the previews are almost worth going to the movies for alone.

5. Escapism.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it can be rather nice to get out and leave your house and your job for a short while to enjoy a different scene. Escaping your every day routine has proven to be an effective method to reduce stress. Watching current movies in a public atmosphere, complete with all your childhood favorites of movie snacks and previews is a reliable formula to enjoy life without the every day worries for a few hours.

Tips Makes Action Movies Great

Action movies are sometimes seen as the ultimate escapism for modern-day viewers, as these films allow the audience to vicariously overcome challenges, all while experiencing visual and sensory stimulation. For those who do not enjoy this genre of film, it can be difficult to understand why some keep returning to the theater to see each new action film. The answer is quite simple: excitement. Take a look at what makes these cinematic experiences worth viewing:

There’s always a resourceful hero or heroine.

While there are exceptions to this rule, most action movies include a hero or heroine (or both!) who is thoughtful, athletic and, above all, resourceful. This person is usually caught in an impossible situation with not much in the way of tools or money. Thankfully, the character is quick on his or her feet and is able to adapt to whatever intense situation presents itself. Audiences really love seeing a “good guy” win, especially through that person’s own determination and courage.

Overcoming problems and challenges is the overarching theme.

If audiences love a resourceful character, then they really love a character’s ability to battle through, often literally, some very tough and seemingly impossible situations. In a fast-paced movie setting, it can be exciting and hopeful to see a tense situation play out on the big screen, only to have a character overcome a huge challenge. These challenges generally present as dangerous moments. This can take place in the wilderness, on a fast-paced highway, through a chase scene in crooked and narrow streets, and even out on (or in) the water. People love feeling the adrenaline that accompanies a high-stakes situation. And often, they are rewarded for their participation when the movie concludes and the characters have overcome the problems.

Insane graphics equal a sensory feast.

As technology continues to explode, so do the graphics of films. Each day, computer-generated imagery takes another step into the future. The sound effects and pyrotechnics are generally over the top. Another trademark of most action films include larger-than-life stunts. In short, these movies activate a viewer’s senses by presenting the unbelievable as believable.

The actors are surprisingly part of the appeal of action movies.

Many people go to see a movie based on who is acting in the film. For the action genre, many actors and actresses are repeats. In other words, some actors tend to gravitate toward action films and have made a name for themselves by creating very physical, sometimes violent and demanding roles. These actors are usually athletic and highly energetic. Oftentimes, directors and producers will pull their acting choices from the world of sports. Some good examples of this are Jackie Chan, of course, who stars as a martial arts wizard and recently, Ronda Rousey, who has no background in acting, but certainly as held her own as a professional fighter. Audience members love to see recurring roles in subsequent films, as well. Oftentimes, action movies lend themselves well to sequels and trilogies. And while the storyline may be a little less intellectual and a little more predictable, it is sure to almost always allow the viewer to sit back, relax, and escape reality for just a few hours.

Tips To Figure Out Which New Movie Releases You’re Most Likely To Enjoy

During the Spring and Summer seasons many new summer films begin to hit the big screens all around the country. With such a wide and varying selection of films to see, how can you decide confidently where to spend your time and money? Here is how to figure out which new movie releases you’re most likely to enjoy.

1. Know your own preferences

Many people blindly go to movies simply because it was recommended or a trailer looked appealing. However, taking some time for deeper analysis can reveal much about your own viewing habits and cause you to become a more thoughtful film appreciator. For example, what types of films do your friends enjoy? If they enjoy over the top action scenes and you don’t, then it makes sense to take their opinions with a grain of salt if you don’t particularly care for that genre.

2. Follow film directors and actors you enjoy

One way of making sure you see great movies is to follow film directors for previous flicks you enjoy. The styles, script choices, and directing tricks that cause you to enjoy one movie will usually follow over into other films created and directed by the same people. Stylistic decisions such as the lightness or darkness of the scenes, close ups, panning, and quickness of cut scenes can all contribute greatly to the enjoyment of a cinematic experience. This can occur with actors and actresses as well. Some performances can make or break a film and you are more likely to love and enjoy one film over the other based on careful casting decisions.

3. Check out online review sites

Today we can usually depend on movie reviewing websites to break down the pros and cons of a movie for us. While it is impossible to completely agree with every review due to our own varied preferences, learning to utilize critiques can enhance not only your appreciation for the nuances of movies, but your ability to discern which films you will enjoy over each other. With practice you can eventually understand the likes and dislikes of particular critics as well and based on their thumbs up or thumbs down, decide if a film is perfect for you. You may even come to learn that you love every film that a certain critic hates!

4. See movies with partners of similar taste

If all of the above seems too time consuming, try seeing films with people who have similar tastes as yourself. Not only will you be more likely to enjoy yourself, but you will be kept in the loop regarding films that you may end up falling in love with. Creating a network of friends with similar tastes will help ensure you only see films you enjoy.

Amazing Facts About Popular Cult Films You Might Not Know

Cult films are those movies that you hear people rave about, that you probably have never heard of. They are usually not the academy award winners. They can be horror films, comedies, box-office flops, independent films or odd genres that you would never normally seek out. Regardless of where they fall in the categories of films, they are definitely unique. And they generally fit the following seven bullet point list:

1. Cult films have quotable lines.

Most of these unique films are quotable. This just means that fans can spend hours spitting out different lines from the movies, and other fans will respond with another one-liner. Savvy movie theaters have picked up on this phenomenon and will host cult-film evenings just so that audience members can quote along with their favorite movie.

2. There are entire festivals devoted to some movies.

When a cinematic story develops a large following, there are sure to be some interesting festivals that follow. At such gatherings, you are sure to find those dressed in character, as well as other interesting attractions. Goody bags, multiple showings of the film, book studies and lectures are all elements you might find.

3. There is a hard-core following even though the movie has been rejected in the mainstream.

While not everyone agrees on what constitutes a cult film, a broad definition includes the concept that these films have been rejected by the mainstream at the time of release. They are generally not box office hits, and they do not win awards. Oftentimes, they contain counter-culture elements and in many countries, these films have been banned for one reason or another.

4. Sometimes, it is the director who is the reason for the following.

Cult films do not always gain their status based on their film qualities. Instead, it is the director who has become famous in the circle of the fans, and any movie he or she makes usually ends up in the canon of cult classics. Quentin Tarantino is a great example of this.

5. Intellectuals are always arguing about what makes a cult classic.

Another surprising fact includes the fact that there is no one definition of what allows a movie to gain the status of “cult classic.” Actually, there are great (and sometimes ugly) debates about whether one film qualifies. Many of these debates are taking place on college campuses across the country, with professors joining in the fray.

6. Holidays play a big role in establishing a film’s status.

For just about every holiday, mainstream or obscure, there are films that are shown around that time. Halloween is a large category that has many cult films being shown during this time of the year. Halloween also, for obvious reasons, presents itself as the perfect opportunity to dress as a cult character.

7. The 80s is the biggest decade, so far, for cult films.

About 70% of all cult films come from the decade that encompasses “the eighties.” These films are almost never serious, and almost always contain a futuristic element, like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. It can be fun for modern audiences to view these oddities and laugh at the ideas the characters had of today’s world.