Ten years ago, I was enduring NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS one night in Cinema 3 of my local multiplex, thinking about these terrible kind of paint-by-numbers movies, thinking about the kinds of experiences I have had at the theatre, and I started to wonder, what if I just started randomly going to movies? Would I have a better or worse experience than if I tried to pick the ones that looked good (or the right kind of bad)?
I remembered that one of the MST3K performers, Kevin Murphy, wrote a good book called “A Year At The Movies” in which he described, week by week, his experiences of seeing a film on the big screen somewhere in the world every day for a year. It was a cool idea, but not quite what I was looking for, because Kevin was still able to choose from a wide range of movies, he traveled to festivals and Cannes and so on.
What I decided to do was go to the same theatre, on the same night at approximately the same time, every week for a year, and watch whatever they have going. Then I blogged about it. It was a brutal slog at times but I think it changed my life for the better.
Now, in 2018, Sunday Night in Cinema 3 is a podcast! Each episode has me looking back at the original movie from 10 years ago, looking at the movies being released right now, and selecting a movie from my own strange collection of DVDs. Check it out!
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