Why don’t I watch films?

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.


  1. Isabel Lunn

    I don’t often go to films, but one I have seen recently and enjoyed was “Quartet”. We usually go to the Cornerhouse in Manchester if we do go to the cinema where they have a rather good café. Last time I had ciabatta with cream cheese and smoked salmon served with a couple of asparagus spears- delish! Michael had potted shrimps and brown toast which he greatly enjoyed. Light bites but tasty and perfect for lunch before the film matinée. The joys of being retired, being able to go to the cinema in the afternoon.


    1. Lois

      How would I choose… salmon or shrimps… I think I’d go for the shrimps… not sure I fancy ‘Quartet’ – I’ve had different opinions of it… but I do fancy the Cornerhouse, would really take me back!


  2. Jeremy Nathan Marks

    I watched “Tinker, Tailor” with my folks and my father said that the movie was not that good, especially compared with the 1979 BBC production with Alec Guiness. Have you seen it?


    1. Lois

      I have! It was a series, and I read the book as it went on… the most wonderful casting, absolutely spot on with the actors, they were superb, each one a gem! I really recommend it, and the book is just superb too!


      1. Jeremy Nathan Marks

        I have been wanting to read the book for some time now. I remember you mentioning in one of your posts that you are a LeCarre fan. I am not sure when I will have a chance to get to it on account of my work schedule/dissertation writing. . . but I am planning on getting the BBC film soon. The book will probably be a vacation treat.


      2. Lois

        The BBC film is a treat! The casting is impeccable down to the smallest walk-on part! I really hope you enjoy it… and I wonder if you will guess the ending… I certainly didn’t! Good luck with your writing! xx


  3. grumpytyke

    I think part of the problem is that going to the cinema used to mean that you were transported to whatever location(s) the film was set in, but cinemas now are no longer, for me, pleasant places and films are no longer made for the cinema, they are made for tv, so are very tiring on the big screen.


    1. Lois

      You’re right! I hadn’t thought about the tv aspect! We’re in a small town so don’t always get the new films, I fancied the one set in Tasmania (forgotten the title) but it never came her so I missed it!


  4. Alice

    I think it is a life season too–I get caught up with films every two or three years then ignore things for a long while. Perhaps you and your friends are too busy chasing birds to capture feathers for hats…


    1. Lois

      What a wonderful image! When I was teaching I used film with my students – especially in Citizenship… it led me to a lot of wonderful films, unexpectedly wonderful such as ‘Minority Report’ which is now my favourite modern film.


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