Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Great Cinematic Experiences with The Vern.

Movies have always been a huge part of my life ever since I was a small child.  Both of my parents were involved in the entertainment industry in one way or the other.  My mother taught English, and my dad owned a record store(Yes with actual LP's) and was a vice president of a company that distributed DVDs and VHS to stores.  It was inevitable that I would catch this sort of love early on.  In this article, I want to just mention some of the titles that have had a lasting impression on me when I saw them at the cinemas. These are among the greatest cinematic experiences of The Vern.

Fantasia.   1940

The earliest memory of going to the movies that I can recall is seeing "Fantasia" with my family when I was seven.   The town I grew up in was stuck between being called a suburb or a small town. We had an indoor mall but didn't get a Target until way after I left.  We were lucky to have both a cineplex which held eight theaters in one building(back in the early 80's, this was quite the treat)  and one which only had one screen.  This animated classic was held in one of those classic movie houses that really looked like it was from the late 50's.  The kind that was designed for the wide screen.  I  can vividly recall the the theater having a balcony and seeing Burgundy curtains that would open up before the movie began.  It was like I was at a concert hall seeing this performance live.  The moment when Mickey Mouse shook hands with the conductor, it looked like he was actually  there.


Ghostbusters. 1984

My parents took me and my sister to see a movie many times when we were younger and the next one I remember was "Ghostbusters".  The seats were all on this high raiser and I looked down at a screen that was just enormous to my little eyes.   When the movie began and that library ghost jumped out.  I was literary scared, and wanted to leave.  My dad assured me that this was a comedy, but I thought he was full of shit and was just saying that to put me at ease until another scare happened again.  Nevertheless I stuck with it, and it became the first time I saw one that could both, scare me, make me laugh, and it was the first time I did not think of girls as being all yucky and gross.  Of course I was interested in Sigourney Weaver's character when she was possessed by the demon dog and seduced Bill Murray's character.  I think that also says a lot for the type of women I go after too, but that's a whole other post.

War of The Roses. 1989

I remember seeing a lot of movies with the whole family in my life , and this one just  stood out the most.  Mainly because this is not a family feature.  It is the furthest thing imaginable from any thing being remotely regarded in that genre.  "War of the Roses" was a dark comedy that I can recall laughing at many inappropriate times while watching.  Getting nervous that my parents would catch me laughing at them.  I remember  turning around to see my father laughing at the exact same inappropriate things that I was. I am part of a twisted family, but I love it.    There was also a Simpsons Animated short being played before they got their own TV Show.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990

When the first "Die Hard" came to theatres back in 1988,  I was not allowed to see it.   But when it came out on VHS my parents were ok with my sister and I watching it.  It has since become a tradition in our household every holiday along with watching "The Star Wars Trilogy"(The OG version) and the Indiana Jones Trilogy too.  My dad was such a fan of "Die Hard" that when the sequel came out he had no problems of me seeing it in theatres.  I remember going with one of my dad's college friends to see this and was very excited to see my first R.rated movie somewhat by myself.    I was barely 13 at the time, and I thought I was very cool to watch this in the theatre without my parents around.

Jurassic Park. 1993

This belongs on here for being one of the best movie going experiences of my life.  "Jurassic Park"  is way too much fun on the big screen.  It is like being on a non stop amusement park ride.  When this gets re released in 3D.  I will gladly check it out.

Pulp Fiction. 1994.

This was the movie that began my love obsession with the movies.  It was my monolith.  The one that really got me interested in who was making these forms of entertainment.  Before that I was just enjoying movies and a strictly entertainment value, and now I enjoy them on a critical value as well.  Quentin Tarantino became my idol and helped introduce me to other titles and genres I never would have thought of before.  My friends and I would watch this one so many times that we would recite full lines from it while it was playing. Of course we only did this during shows when no one was around, but damn was that ever so much fun.

Grindhouse 2007

I'm adding this one to the list because this was the most fun I had at the cinemas since "Jurassic Park".  I loved everything about this movie.  The fake trailers, the scratchy film lens, the missing scenes, all of it.  Both "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof" were so much fun. I can't think of watching one without the other.

Now I'm going to put the ball in your court.  Name me a movie you prefer to watch in theatres rather then at home?


  1. Grindhouse is fantastic in cinemas with a willing crowd. An absolute blast!

    Another recent flick that gets a boost from the audience vibe is Cabin in the Woods!

    1. I do agree with you that Cabin in The Woods was a blast to see in Theatres. Just wish it lasted longer so I could have seen it twice. Thnaks for comenting

  2. Grindhouse is one of my favorite cinematic experiences. I had a great time watching it. Though there wasn't much of an audience there when I saw it as some left after Planet Terror. The way it ended in Death Proof had the audience cheering.

    1. Ha Ha. Yes. That ending to Death Proof was a great way to finish that movie. Zoe Bell is awesome in that flick. Thanks for the comments

  3. I agree with you about Jurassic Park.

    Seeing Jaws at the drive-in had a huge impact on me as a kid. Getting to see 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood several years back was also a treat.

    1. I am hella Jealous you got to see a 70mm print of 2001: a Space Odyssey. That would have been awesome. Thanks for commenting

  4. I was lucky enough to see Alien when it was rereleased in 2003 at the cinema and I was blown away, even though I had seen it many times before on TV and so on!!

    1. OOh That would have been sweet to see. They should rerelease more older movies in theatres, but not allways in 3D. Thanks for commenting

  5. Unfortunately, I was too young to see a lot of these films in the cinema. I think my first cinema memories are from Men In Black which scared the hell out of me.
    It was my father's idea to see it and after the introductory sequence with the alien stretching back his face, I remember my mother turning to my father in horror!

    I wish there were more memorable, truly cinematic movies these days. Hopefully The Hobbit fits that void.

    1. I agree the Hobbit does look good. I just wish it wasn't in 3D. Thanks for commenting

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