I used to love films, I used to love going to the cinema! I used to read film reviews and could hardly wait for a particular movie to come to a cinema near us.
When I went to Manchester Polytechnic there was a Poly film society and it introduced me to a whole world of film – and I mean that, Fritz Lang, F.W.Murnau, Werner Herzog, Eisenstein, Antonioni, Fellini,Renoir, Godard, Bergman, Buñuel… oh the list could go on and on. Whoever ran the film soc really gave us a film education, we saw the best of what was available and informed us about a wider world than we could meet otherwise.
We went to the cinema every week, quite often to the midnight movies, when the audience were mostly young and mostly drunk, and the films were mostly terrible… but it was an experience! It was a time of adventure films like ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and clever films like ‘The Sting’ and plenty, plenty of horror films! We were keen on Hammer horror movies, classics of the genre now, oh Christopher Lee, you were so handsome, and Peter Cushing so good and wise … and Vincent Price, you were so… so strange!
My favourite film for a long time was ‘Cabaret’, and my all-time favourite film was the classic ‘The Third Man’, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard and Joseph Cotton…
… and now somehow I don’t watch films any more. Is it that none appeal? Is it that the cinema is expensive? Does it take too much time? Is it that the last film I did watch at the cinema – of my favourite book ‘Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ was truly, embarrassingly awful and utterly dull? I rewatched ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ recently, I sometimes rewatch ‘Hot Fuzz’… but really, I don’t watch movies any more.