It’s a new year and time to reflect; in January last year I challenged myself to watching 50 films at the cinema in 2013. Well the year is over and how did I do? I aimed for 50…I managed 74.
So how did I do it? The short answer is with some good planning, a Cineworld Unlimited card and a ‘why not’ attitude. Turns out if you have a a cinema pass and spend some time checking running times you can see three films in one day. A big thanks to the staff at the Birmingham branch of Cineworld for their general amusement at me rocking up and getting three tickets – and even double checking my timings (and a special thanks to Megan who was brilliant when my mum and I saw Gone With the Wind). I also saw films in the local independent cinema, in the basement of a coffee shop as part of the inaugural Birmingham Architecture Festival, an arts centre, a warehouse as part of the Jameson Cult Film Club and a couple of other cinemas – thanks to them too.
The most important thing for me was that all the films I saw were films I actually wanted to see; I was determined that I wasn’t going to complete the challenge watching things I’d felt forced into watching. Sure I saw some trash, I’m not going to apologise for that, but I also saw some great films too. A couple of the films I enjoyed: The Way, Way Back; Rise of the Guardians; Much Ado About Nothing; Frances Ha; Frozen; Chico & Rita…and a few of the others!
I’ve uploaded the full list of 74 films here. This year I’m going to try and keep my ‘why not’ attitude towards cinema going, but I’m not going to set myself a number.