YOUR VOICES: On the Movie Theater Experience

YOUR VOICES

Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic. After that I’ll make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let me and fellow moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!

MOVIE THEATER

Today’s topic fascinates me and I’m really curious to read the responses. Steven Spielberg made a few headlines after his latest shot fired at Netflix and movie streaming in general. At the very core of his concern is that streaming is killing the movie theater experience. I wrote a commentary on it that you can check it out HERE.

Since then I’ve been thinking about what we refer to as the ‘movie theater experience’. Since Spielberg’s comments several have shared their positions with me and I was surprised at the amount of apathy towards seeing movies on the big screen. Their takes weren’t without merit. Convenience, cost, location – it all played into some people’s take-it-or-leave-it approach.

While I still don’t side with Spielberg in his push against Netflix, I do agree that there is something special (for me) about the movie theater experience. I love seeing films on the big screen with a great sound system. I love seeing movies in a theater full of strangers but I equally enjoy a lonely matinee screening. For me it still feels very different than watching at home. I’m still pro-streaming for reasons shared in my piece, but I can’t and won’t deny the pull of seeing movies on the big screen.

But now it’s time for Your Voices. Please hit the comments section to share your thoughts.

YOUR VOICESWhat are your feelings about the importance of the movie theater experience?

YOUR VOICES: On James Gunn and His Return to Disney

YOUR VOICES

Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic or question and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day.

After James Gunn was fired by Disney over offensive tweets made some ten-plus years earlier there was no shortage of opinions to be found. His removal from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” sparked the ire of some fans while cast members issued a joint statement supporting the embattled director. But others were understandably repulsed by what he called “jokes”.

Since then Gunn has met several times with the chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn. As a result Disney has re-hired Gunn who will head “Guardians 3” after his “Suicide Squad” reboot for Warner Bros. The question is should we be happy with Disney’s decision or is there reason for people to be upset? As with before, there is no shortage of opinions.

European Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - London

I’m genuinely caught in the middle. In one sense the entertainment industry have set the standards on firing people due to off-color or offensive things done in the past. Now it has come back to bite them in the butt and their sudden rehiring of Gunn comes across as hypocritical. And I happen to be in the camp who thinks his “jokes” were pretty disgusting and reprehensible. I ‘ve yet to understand the mindset where any of that can be conceived as remotely humorous.

On the other side Gunn has handled the whole situation extremely well. He has shown a respect for the “business decision” side as well as shown genuine remorse for the tweets. He hasn’t tried to downplay or brush aside the offensive nature of his words. Humility and accountability are truly refreshing things to see. Aren’t those the types of responses that should earn second chances?

That’s what I think but what about you? Time to let Your Voices be heard in the comments section below.

YOUR VOICES: Are you okay with Disney rehiring James Gunn?

YOUR VOICES: On Your Favorite Movie Score

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Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic or question and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day.

Music has played such a memorable part in so many movies. Just think about how many movies you can identify just by hearing their theme music. Or think about the times when music has been so perfectly in tune with the tone of a film. For years great composers have made names for themselves enhancing film experiences with the original music they create. And when you think about it how do you pick a favorite?

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When thinking about my favorite movie score so many wonderful ones popped into my head, but for me there is a clear number one. Truly great scores provoke a response while also carefully serving its movie or particular scene. For me they also transcend the film setting. I listen to and admire them completely on their own. The score from 1992’s  “The Last of the Mohicans” does all of those things to perfection.

Trevor Jones was the artist behind this masterfully diverse soundtrack. Funny thing is at the last minute director Michael Mann changed the score from electronic to orchestra. So not only did Jones create gorgeous and stimulating music, he did so with several time limitations in place. Randy Edelman was brought in to score a handful of smaller scenes which ridiculously disqualified it from Oscars contention. Nevertheless the two created something that is just as important to the film as is the great script, direction, and performances.

Whether it is the soft emotion of “The Glade Part II”, the delicate elegance of “Cora” (which was actually played at my wedding), or the pulse-pounding energy of “Fort Battle”, the pieces of music from “The Last of the Mohicans” are so strikingly unique. To go further, no movie music has ever stuck with me more. I’m not talking simply in terms of recognition. I mean music that has struck an emotional chord and continues to this day. That’s why this is an easy choice for me. But what about you?

YOUR VOICES: What is your favorite movie score?

So let Your Voices be heard. What is your favorite movie score? Is their one that holds a special place in your heart? Is it too difficult to narrow it down? Please share Your Voices on today’s question. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

YOUR VOICES: On your favorite bit of movie memorabilia… 

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Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic or question and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!

We all love movies, right? I mean that’s probably why you’re reading this right now. Sometimes our love for movies goes beyond simply venturing to the theaters or renting a Blu-Ray.  And sometimes our enthusiasm can be seen in the collectibles or the cool assortment of movie related memorabilia we have. It could be as simple as a t-shirt or as personal as an autograph. That is certainly the case with me. I have some movie related stuff that may not be cool to everyone but they are near and dear to my heart.

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Ahhh, Bogie in all his glory…

Trying to pick my favorite among my movie stuff was pretty tricky. It’s not that I have a bunch of it. It’s just that I love them all. I decided to go with something a bit odd but a bit sentimental as well. It’s my Humphrey Bogart life-sized cardboard standup (please, don’t laugh). Frequent readers of K&M probably know that I have a pretty strong affection for Bogart and his films. There is a funny story behind this particular piece of Bogart. Twenty years ago while on my honeymoon I noticed this standup at a movie memorabilia shop. I had to have it. Bogart made the trip with my wife and me and now he stands right next to our bed at home. What a tolerant and understanding wife! So now it’s time for YOUR VOICES.

YOUR VOICES: What is your favorite bit of movie memorabilia?

So let Your Voices be heard. Does your love for movies extend into collectibles? Is it something big and amazing or is it a small little movie trinket that you hold dear? Please share Your Voices on today’s question. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

 

YOUR VOICES: On movie survival during a cataclysm…

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Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. It could be serious, relevant, or downright silly. Then it will be time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!

EARTH

Needless to say this YOUR VOICES definitely falls into the dumb, stupid fun category but in some weird way it struck me as interesting. Let me set the preposterous stage: Lets say that a huge cataclysmic world event has occurred. Lets say in order to survive you must leave the planet with a group of fellow bloggers…err survivors and you can only bring five DVDs or Blu-Rays from your collection. Sure it’s a ridiculous stipulation, but this is a pretty ridiculous post, right? So my question, which five do you bring?

For something so absurd, I have went back and forth on this. Only five DVDs or Blu-Rays which means they must be something near and dear to my heart. Movies that I want to see over and over. Movies that I want to preserve. How on the dearly departed earth do you narrow down such a thing? But such is the nature of the apocalypse so if the ship is about to depart, I would grab these five DVDs or Blu-Rays from my shelves:

Casablanca” (Blu-Ray) – I call it my favorite film ever made, and I watch it a couple of times every year. Of course it would have to come along with me.

“La Dolce Vita” (Criterion Collection Blu-Ray) – The visual artistry and unique narrative layers in Federico Fellini’s masterpiece never ceases to amaze me. I’m still reeling from my first few viewings.

“Night of the Living Dead” (DVD) – My affection and admiration for this small but influential 1968 horror classic knows no bounds.

No Country for Old Men” (Blu-Ray) – I have heralded this film as a modern classic ever since I first saw it. Nothing has changed over subsequent years.

The Empire Strikes Back” (DVD) – As a huge Star Wars fan how could I leave the planet without something to remember the franchise by. Plus it just may be the best sequel ever made.

There, I did it. So….did anyone pack a Blu-Ray player??? Now it is time for YOUR VOICES:

YOUR VOICES: What 5 DVDs or Blu-Rays would you take from your collection if fleeing from an impending worldwide cataclysmic doom?

So let Your Voices be heard. Sure this is a corny and goofy Your Voices but under the surface it does shed a little light on your movie tastes and the ones you hold dear to your heart. Please share Your Voices on today’s nutty question. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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YOUR VOICES: On your most anticipated film of 2015

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Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!

STAR WARS

If even half of the potentially great movies deliver, 2015 is going to be a fabulous year at the theater. So many movies, from big tentpole blockbusters to small independent films, have caught my attention and my excitement. So simply picking one would normally be difficult. But that’s not the case this year. You see, there is a new Star Wars movie on the way, and there’s no possible way on earth that any movie could excite me more than it.

I know that “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” might be an obvious popular choice, but for me it’s legit. I saw the original trilogy during its first theatrical release. As a kid I spent more time with my Star Wars toys than with my friends. I had everything – action figures, vehicles, shirts, lightsabers, blasters, storybooks, comics, etc. etc. etc. And of course the movies. They were what opened up the world of cinema for this bright-eyed imaginative kid. “Star Wars” has been an intimate part of my life since I was a young boy.

Considering that, naturally I would be excited that a new “Star Wars” installment is hitting theaters this year. Of course there are reasons to be cautious. For the most part I like J.J. Abrams, but he does make me a little nervous. Also can this film launch an exciting new chapter after the pitch-perfect ending of Episode VI? I could list several more questions or concerns I have, yet none of these things dampen my excitement for seeing a new Star Wars film. My expectations are high and my fingers are crossed. Now I just have to wait until December 18th! But what about you? Now it’s time for YOUR VOICES.

YOUR VOICES: What is your most anticipated film of 2015?

Now it’s time for Your Voices. With so many 2015 movies to consider, which one would you call your most anticipated? Please share Your Voices on today’s question. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.