“Are you going to review the movie while we watch?”

2014-03-10 14:40

When I was a kid going to the movies was not only a fun outing, it played a pivotal role in shaping me as a writer. Who could’ve guessed those early trips to the cinema would ensure my life remained uncontrollably knotted to fiction. The modern dramatists broadened my understanding of storytelling and sitting in the front row overwhelmed by special effects, inspiring performances and emotional storylines formed part of my fondest childhood memories.

When visited the family in Jozi at Christmas my gran would make full use of comp tickets, organised by my uncle who was an area manager for a cinema group, and take us to the big-screen every chance she got. She would fill her handbag to the brim with sweets, juices and all sorts of goodies bought from the supermarket, because as she said in her raspy voice “the movie place is too bloody expensive. I’m not going to pay that for popcorn.”

As we would shuffle by the usher tearing the tickets my gran would clutch her handbag, which  shockingly resembled a cartoon jewel thief’s satchel, close to her body and with her free hand guide our little bodies to hide the bag bulging of illegally sneaked-in sweets and cold drinks.

Once inside the cinema she didn’t give a damn and would let rip. It sounded like she was packing sweets on the production line for the elves in the North Pole as she handed them out to us.

As an adult I prefer watching movies at home. I’m a complete movie fanatic and have an impressive DVD collection but even then I am unable to escape trips to the cinema. My sister is a well-known kiddie actress and with her latest movie hitting the cinemas soon I am obliged to take my seat in front of the screen.

Unfortunately I’ve become far too OCD and irritable to enjoy the cinema anymore.

I’m constantly ssshhhing and loudly “requesting” people to keep quiet. It is no longer fun.

Recently my girlfriend and I went to see “Pad na jou Hart”.  It was late at night and although I like supporting local talent I was pleased to see the cinema was not too full.

Lo and behold, in a cinema with only eight people, one pair of lovebirds decided it was time to chirp their way through the movie. After several loud grunts and murmurs of disdain from my side my beautiful girlfriend, usually oblivious to movie chatter, decided she too had enough and without hesitation instructed them to shut up. They did. Nice babe.

At least Pad na jou Hart exceeded most of my expectations. At times the cinematography artistically and beautifully captured emotion and landscape in a way I have not often seen from local productions. The sensitive yet comedic script paired with realistic dialogue certainly was a breath of fresh air. Thank goodness the chatter was audibly extinct enough for me to enjoy this gem.

If South Africa continues producing movies like this I’ll have to grow a thicker skin and make my way to the cinema more often or at the very least go to the late night show.


AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

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