the best way to watch movies
February 22, 2012
Maybe not the best — the best way to watch movies actually depends on the movie, like the very best time I ever saw Aliens was the time in college when we hauled a sofa from the lounge into somebody’s dorm room, hooked up his stereo system to the surround sound on his gigantic TV, turned the lights out so the room was pitch dark, filled the room with people, and put the one person who’d never seen the movie front and center. HOLY CRAP, PEOPLE. If you’ve seen Aliens a million million times (like I have) and want to watch it with fresh eyes, see it in a totally dark room with surround sound and somebody who’s never seen it before. You will hit the ceiling.
One of my favorite ways to watch movies is in awesome and unlikely pairings, based on a theme. Not sequels or two movies in a series — two completely different, yet awesome, movies. You can make a whole night of it, with costumes and food and everything. Here are a few movie nights I haven’t done yet that I want to:
Vintage Steampunk: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days (the original, not the remake) OR Metropolis (Depending on how patient the rest of the audience is with silent movies. Metropolis is an amazing, gorgeous, groundbreaking film. But it takes some patience.)
In Space No One Can Hear You Bwah?: Dark Star and The American Astronaut (Two of the most amazing, whacked-out SF movies I’ve ever seen. Pairing them might just alter space and time. I want to try it and see.)
Any other suggestions for awesome movie pairings?