23 Mar 2020

#Covideoparty: Movies bring us together even when we’re apart

Irish comedian Alison Spittle launched ‘covideo parties’ on Twitter to connect people during social distancing. The enormous popularity of these ‘covideo parties’ again demonstrates how a shared viewing experience enhances enjoyment of a film.

Anyone can join in and participants simply watch the same film every night and discuss it on Twitter. Using the hashtag #Covideoparty, people can voice their opinions on the films and vote for the next movie. Since the initiative began on Friday 13th March, some of the films chosen include DIRTY DANCING, GROUNDHOG DAY and Irish movie EXTRA ORDINARY.


Cabin fever will create a cinema boom

Tim Richards, founder and chief executive of cinema chain Vue International, says cabin fever will mean the worst year in cinema history will be followed by a boom.

“Families, couples, individuals are being tied up at home for weeks or months now,” he says. “When it is over there will be a demand to get out like we have never seen in history. There is no scenario after lockdown where people will say ‘I’m not going out, I’m staying in to watch Netflix’.”

Source: The Guardian

TOP GUN 2: “I don’t know if a movie will ever be made this way again”

Speaking exclusively to Empire Magazine, Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise discussed how they eschewed CGI for real live action when making TOP GUN 2. There’s an even greater physicality and heft to the flight sequences this time around – with the actors, including Cruise himself, taking to the skies for g-force-heavy action sequences.

According to Bruckheimer, “Tom wanted to make sure the actors could actually be in the F-18s.” “There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest” said Cruise.

Source: Empire Magazine

Christopher Nolan: Cinemas are a vital part of Life

“People love to experience stories, because whether they are doing it together or alone, film, television, novels and games engage our emotions and provide us with catharsis… In uncertain times, there is no more comforting thought than that we’re all in this together, something the movie-going experience has been reinforcing for generations.”

According to Nolan, director of THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy, INCEPTION, DUNKIRK and upcoming thriller TENET, the appeal of the cinema is based on humanity’s greatest instinct: “the desire to be together.” He writes “Maybe, like me, you thought you were going to the movies for surround sound, or soda and popcorn, or movie stars. But we weren’t. We were there for each other.”

Source: The Washington Post

Edgar Wright on the importance of the cinema experience

“Cinema has been the closest thing I have to a religion in my life, my life was forever changed by a cinema trip when I was three years old” says BABY DRIVER director Edgar Wright, whose new movie LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is due for release later this year.

“Before this crisis I could, like many, appreciate the convenience of watching movies at home, but deep down for me, really experiencing a movie meant getting my arse off the sofa, going to the cinema, sitting down with friends or strangers and appreciating the flickering art (or trash) up on the big screen.” Wright suggests becoming a member of and/or buying gift cards for your local cinema, where possible, to help support it once it reopens. “Stay safe out there and I’ll see you at the big screen as soon as we are able”.

Source: Empire Magazine

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