Saturday, February 26, 2011

And the Oscar Goes to...

Going to the movies. Few appreciate the true opportunity offered by the experience. I explained to my daughter once that the essential ingredient to enjoying any movie is the ability to temporarily suspend reality.

The type of film doesn't really matter. But by suspending reality, you can completely immerse yourself in the world of Despicable Me,  Edward Scissorhands, or James and the Giant Peach. If you are successful, nothing exists outside the theater for those brief couple of hours.

Then there are the actors. They suit up to assist you in the process. And when they are successful, I'm sure they suspend reality for themselves too.

That is escapism at its finest. Other than being fleeced for the price of admission and popcorn, you are no worse for wear. Perhaps you were engaged in a thought-provoking story that expands your understanding of the human condition. Maybe you were lucky enough to share the experience and quality time with a family member or friend. You can laugh about it or discuss it aftward. Because when the film is over, back out into reality you go.

I got started young. Before I knew it I was always in character. The character eventually took over and distorted reality all on its own. There were plenty of other actors. But the story had no meaning. I stopped paying attention to what's important and the character was eating me alive.

And as if by miracle one day the film was over. Or more accurately I left the theater. It was sunny outside. And my family was waiting for me.


  1. I love the period at the end of a film at the cinema where people start to rise at different rates as they start to prise themselves back into reality. The slow walk down the stairs and out towards the light of real life.

  2. Really liked this post. Short, sweet, to the point, but so descriptive. I am so far behind on American movies, I do enjoy seeing the academy nominees in the theater, but no such luck!

  3. love this post and i love going to the movies and getting lost in them

  4. @Simon: Right! That's really a funny human behavior study in itself! Those that bolt for the exits, wait till the bitter end hoping for a surprise trailer, or stay to watch again.
    @Tex & Becca: I'd like to thank my wife and kids, my Producer, my...