Thursday, March 11, 2010
Magic of the Movies
I'm not a critic; I like what I like and don't like others. I don't tend to read too deeply into the subject and rarely slate a film for being bad (with one notable exception - I'll come onto that later).
For me, going to the cinema is to be entertained. To enjoy a good comic romp, a thriller with it's twists and turns, high energy action with explosive content, or even the occassional 'chick flick'.
As the celluloid races through the projector, the bright bulb casting the image on the silver screen at the front of the cinema, the technological advances have come a long way.
Now the sound is all around, immersing you into the film, making you part of it. The picture quality has improved; but the lovely thing is, it's still film stock. We are yet to have all digital cinemas (athough they are coming), which would remove the need for large film projectors.
From the small arthouse film (which sometimes breaks into the big time) to the huge, multi-million dollar blockbuster. Do you know where the phrase "blockbuster" comes from? It's because popular films caused the queue for the box office to queue around the block - therefore a blockbuster!!