Recently I went to the movies to see movies I have already seen. I know it may sound odd to some but I feel that seeing really good movies that I know that I like is sometimes better then risking your money on seeing a movie you may not like at all.
For example I had some time between jobs to see a movie, I had the options of seeing Lawless, The Possession, or seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark (that is the one with Indiana Jones) in IMAX. At the time I thought to myself that I can just easily go home and pop the Raiders DVD I have into my player or even wait a few days for the movie to be re-released on bluray and buy that set and watch it at home. For some reason I have feel cheated by so called IMAX showings in the past because AMC theaters in the Bay Area really only has one true IMAX theater. I know because I traveled some forty five minutes to see The Dark Knight there once. I did have the time to kill and it had been a while since I had been to see a movie so I decided what the hell, I will waste $15 and go check out this Raiders, in the least I know its a good movie. I might have been swayed even more if it was the first time seeing the movie on the big screen but alas I had seen a midnight showing of it sometime ago.
I came away thoroughly impressed with the entire showing I saw. Like I had said I knew the movie was great but they really made the picture look amazing and not just that but the sound! I think it was the best sounding movie I have seen in a long long time. You could hear every punch, every whip, just amazing picture and sound. I even got a free mini poster on my way out! Re-watching a movie you know you love just might be the way to go. I could have tried to see Lawless or something else but in the end I think it would have just been a let down. Paying the little extra for a movie I own and have seen a lot still was a much better choice. I can't believe I forgot how amazing a movie Raiders is. I think it is in my top 3 Action/adventure movies of all time, if not #1. I was really glad that I decided to take a chance and see Raiders again.
I guess the Raiders experience did change me because last Monday I went out to see another movie I knew I really liked and had already seen a few times, but this time the movie was in 3D. Finding Nemo in 3D wasn't something I thought I must see! I just happened to be off that day because I was coming back from a funeral and me and my wife had the day off. My friend got us from the airport and we got dinner and looked up times to see what was playing. I knew my wife liked the movie and my friend was a Disney nut, so we decided to see a movie that we all had seen and loved before.
I know sometimes there are a lot of good possible movies being released. But I am now more eager to see those movie that I know will not let me down. Movies I love on the big screen again, seeing them with new eyes in ways I haven't seen them before. That is what movies are all about.