Hello, fellow moviegoers!
So, for my blog post today I decided to play a little game. For those of you who don't know, I currently work at my local movie theater. It's not a huge theater, but it's about midsize with seven auditoriums. That being said, my coworkers and I have a game that we play occasionally when we're not too busy. In this game, we have to decide seven movies to play in our seven theaters. We assign them to theaters and have to explain the choices we made. These aren't decisions based upon business, rather personal preference. In other words, we don't pick films that will necessarily bring big crowds. We pick movies we'd just want to watch in the theater almost as if they're the only movies we can watch.
There are only two rules. First, only one movie can play in each theater. So, if you want a trilogy, it has to take up three auditoriums. You can't have the three films play back to back in one theater. Second, if you want a film to play in 3D, it must play in a 3D compatible theater. In this case, that would be auditoriums three and four.
It's important to note that this isn't just a "Seven Favorite Films" list. While it wouldn't make sense to put a movie we disliked in a theater, there is a lot more to take into account when deciding which films to play. Length, rewatchability, tone, and genre are a few examples. You don't want to have exclusively action films because you might get bored of them and have nothing to watch, and I'm not sure about you, but 12 Years a Slave isn't exactly a movie I'd like to watch constantly.
We've played this game a couple times over the past year, most recently this last week. Usually, our decisions change over time, but as of the last time we played these were my choices.
- Jurassic Park
I decided to show Jurassic Park for several reasons. This film creates this sense of imaginative wonder that is almost non-existent in other films. Jurassic Park is one of the best films put to screen and I could watch this film every day and never get bored with it. The visual effects from 1993 still hold up today 23 years later. There are so many great things about Jurassic Park; I could write an entire review on Jurassic Park right now, but that's not what this article is about.
I put it in Auditorium #1 because it is the closest theater to the lobby. Because of this, my coworkers and I might catch little hints of that fantastic score while we are working, and who doesn't want to listen to the music from Jurassic Park while they work?
- Inception (Review)
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while might remember that Inception was the first movie I gave a perfect 10/10 score to. So it should come as no surprise that I decided to have it in one of these theaters. If you read my full review linked above, you should be able to grasp how much I loved it. (On a separate note, I can't believe I wrote that review almost two years ago!)
Christopher Nolan is very quickly becoming one of the best directors of all time. His works bring such a sense of originality to the screen, and Inception is a fantastic example of that. Through constant twists and turns, Inception keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning of the film. I reviewed this movie about two years ago and I still stand by my review. It's brilliantly written, directed, acted, and shot. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it, like right now. It's amazing!
- The Breakfast Club
There are only nine films that I have seen that I would give a perfect 10/10 score to. I have reviewed five of them, the other four I will be at some point in the future. Spoiler alert, The Breakfast Club is one of those four. This film hit me at the perfect time in life, and everything just clicked.
I honestly cannot fathom how anyone can dislike this film. The Breakfast Club features a great look not only at what it's like to be a teen but at the basics of what makes us human. All of these people come from such different backgrounds yet, they quickly discover that is a positive thing. I mainly chose The Breakfast Club to play because I just want to see it on the big screen. To anyone who saw it when it was released in 1985, I envy you.
- The Walk (3D) (Review)
The Walk is perhaps one of the most underrated films I've seen in recent memory. I remember seeing it, absolutely loving it, and then being taken aback by how nobody was talking about it. This film is Robert Zemeckis at his finest. He puts this film together in such a way that it actually feels like three different movies, but it all comes together so well!
The two things that really stood out to me when I saw The Walk were Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance and the visual effects. JGL was a powerhouse in this film, and it made him somebody to watch in my mind. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see this film in IMAX, and I'm still kicking myself over that. However, I did see it in RealD 3D, and I was blown away. This is the only movie I have actually gone out of my way to buy on Blu-Ray 3D. Through a brilliant mix of fantastic visuals and Zemeckis's direction, you actually feel like you are on top of the towers of the World Trade Center. It's an amazing feat and please, do yourself a favor, watch The Walk.
(Read 7 Reasons You Need to See The Walk)
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Review)
To anyone who knows me personally, it'll come as no surprise that I picked this movie. Birdman could very well be my favorite movie. I walked into this film not knowing what to expect, I walked out with possibly the biggest smile I've ever had. This film came out almost two years ago, and I'm still talking about it to everyone who will listen.
Birdman is about so many different things. It mainly tells the story of a washed-up movie star trying to throw together a Broadway production. However, it is also about family, friendship, adjusting to a modern world, the film industry of today, and that's just scratching the surface. To this day, I pick up on new things every time I watch Birdman. It's such an in-depth film, and, in many ways, it captures the reason why I love movies.
- Star Wars
It's the original Star Wars. Need I say more?
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The first time I realized how much I loved movies was when I was watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about these films made me really stop and think about film as a whole and if it hadn't been for that, I probably wouldn't be writing this article. So, at least one of the Lord of the Rings movies had to make it into one of my theaters on principle alone.
I decided to go with the Fellowship of the Ring because it's the first in the trilogy. So, you can watch it without having to try and remember what happened in the previous films. Yes, in the other films we get Gollum, Rohan, and Gondor, but in Fellowship we saw the Shire for the first time, we got that fantastic scene between Gandalf and the Balrog, and so many more great things! So while any of the Lord of the Rings films could have fit in here, I decided to go with Fellowship.
So what did you think of this little game? What movies would you pick? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this article, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don't forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So check back then for more movie reviews and miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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