The Last Film You Saw in the Cinema?

Watching movies at home perks:

  • Beer closeby
  • Smoking allowed
  • No annoying people
  • Pause button

Watching movies at the theatre perks:

  • Big screen

Not a tough call for me

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I’ve never been in our Cineworld. Well, I have, but not since it became a Cineworld. I’d already long abandoned it back when it was an Empire. The nachos were good in there, but then they did away with the jalapeños and they were just shit after that.

I haven’t been to an Odeon in decades. Early/mid nineties, maybe?

This is probably the right answer for me at the end of the day, although I’d love a little specialist cinema to open up here, for monster movie all-nighters and Shaw Brothers weekenders and spaghetti Sunday matinées. Maybe if I ever win the lottery I’ll open my own.

It’s cheaper watching stuff at home too.

I love my home cinema. Built it about 8 years ago using the full width of an end wall, suitably painted, as a screen, blackout curtains to windows, projector comes down from the ceiling, surround sound, dimming lights, electric sliding masks and red curtains (to accommodate all aspect ratios).

I decided to forgo the uncomfortable cinema seats and made do with existing uncomfortable lounge furniture. A few button presses and lounge becomes cinema. Even added red screen LEDs and old brass light up exit sign over the door from a local curios shop.

It has given the family, myself and friends so much pleasure, especially during lockdown.

Disadvantages of home cinema:
Annoying people
Pause button (OK, it’s an advantage if you have to)

Advantage of public cinema
Communal experience
Not having to discuss which film to watch

Last film I saw there was Incredibles 2


The Keep (Michael Mann). Wow, don’t quite have words for it yet…

Rubika Shah’s White Riot is a documentary about the Rock Against Racism movement, which emerged in the second half of the 1970s as a reaction to increasing racism in British society. RAR’s goal was to “peel away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika,” a concern that today, more than forty years later, seems “eerily resonant,” as The Guardian noted. The film gives a good overview of the political situation in the United Kingdom at that time, acts as a reminder that activism has nothing necessarily to do with social media, and also features cool music and rare footage of some of the then most interesting bands.

Shah’s film borrows its title from the Clash song of the same name, which was released in March 1977.