No Time To Die was originally meant to be released in April 2020 and was the first big film to announce it was pushing back to November 2020 but as things went on and we had the cinemas closed for months and then an attempt at reopening in the July 2020 didn’t fully go to plan for all chains with Cineworld quickly closing once again and rumours surrounding if they would ever actually be able to reopen.
Odeon made a longer attempt to stay open but considering no new releases and people being somewhat scared to actually attend the cinema they had to close again as well, it was actually very sad times wondering if Cinema would survive the pandemic. With some companies releasing films straight to streaming services and charging cinema prices to rent and watch at home it was a worrying time for those of us who love nothing more than attending the cinema.
That date will forever go down as one of the greatest of all time, after the cinema closures for the majority of 2020 and then almost six months of 2021 I am utterly excited to be able to head back to my favourite place. The cinema is the place that I have missed the most during the different lockdowns and being on furlough for a period of time. Not just for new film releases but for my mental health of being able to switch off and truly just enjoy sitting in the dark, with the gigantic screen, the surround sound and fully getting lost in a film. No phone to distract me and just witness everything unfolding.
Unfortunately I am having to wait until Thursday 20th for my first trip though as I have managed to get tickets for the Newcastle game on the Wednesday with a 6pm KO I really don’t think I can combine the two things. But I will be there Thursday and Friday, for Mortal Kombat and then Godzilla v Kong. Of course my Sunday afternoon/early evening trips will be back as well.
I truly feel sorry for anyone who does not enjoy going to the cinema and watching films as they have no idea at all how utterly exciting this really is, especially for getting some talk going around new releases and quite frankly writing new reviews for films seen on the big screen is going to be utterly amazing again for Let’s Go To The Movies. As much as I have been thankful for the different streaming services, nothing at all is better than going to the cinema.
Welcome to 2021 when in the UK at least we currently don’t have the Cinema to attend. So I have come up with an alternative to try and keep everyone going as well as discussions around films that quite a few people have watched at the same time. Some of these you might have seen before or some could be new films, I will use a wide range of streaming services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+ and even Sky Cinema (also included in Now TV). As I am UK based I will be going off what is available in our area, hopefully this is similar to different countries and can be transferred for more people to take part!
This was the first tweet I have put out about this to gage interest and really looking to push forward so if anyone would like to add films to the list, comment on this post, tweet me @LetsGoToTheMov7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject heading FFCC – Film Suggestion).
On Wednesday I was lucky enough to be able to get to a screening of Brief Encounter at the cinema, Odeon in the Metro Centre to be exact! A film that is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year and one that I have watched many times over the years and consider it to be one of my favourites. To see this incredible film on the big screen was a truly fantastic time.
Released in 1945 and still having so much to offer in 2020 is a remarkable achievement. Something that I don’t think happens too often, everything she goes through and talks about “in her head” we can still relate to now. Yes, we have technology and social media etc but the feelings of love and despair are something that have not really changed.
Lockdown and the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for everyone, along with so many issues. Personally for me the cinema being closed has been one of the toughest adjustments, while many people may not actually understand this and see the cinema as somewhat of a luxury and somewhere they only go every so often, maybe even every couple of months to see the latest big blockbuster films. That is not the case for myself, I go two/three times a week and sometimes even more depending on what is being released. Managing to balance this in with work and occasionally being able to have a double feature with two films straight in a row.
It wasn’t possible to do all three in one day so I am back at the cinema again to see the final part of the greatest trilogy of all time. Return of the King, which has about twenty five different endings.
I have waited what feels like forever to witness the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings on the big screen. This is a very special moment as I am now sat in the cinema waiting for this film to start. Fellowship is the film that made me really fall in love with films and how they were made. So basically if it wasn’t for this film I very much doubt Let’s Go To The Movies would be around today!