Go to see a movie in the theater this weekend!
I know it’s hard… Between Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes you have a world of films at your fingertips, and you don’t even have to leave your couch. But there is something really great about GOING to the movies.
No matter how nice your set up is at home… Going to a theater you are in a room that’s sole purpose is watching movies. The colours are exactly what the cinematographer wanted you to see. The sound is coming from the direction and at the exact level intended by the mixer. You are seeing the movie the way the people who worked so hard to make it meant for you to see it.
It’s a shared experience: You and the other members of the audience are watching this together. Comedy seems funnier in a room full of people laughing; thrillers are way more intense when the stranger two seats over is gripping his arm rest as much as you are.
Plus, you are more likely to actually focus on the movie. At home there are thousands of distractions waiting to happen. Ignoring a text or Twitters siren call is hard you guys… especially when you have the ability to pause and go back… but there isn’t a Director out there that thinks “you know what would make my movie great” watching it in 15-minute chunks between phone calls and status updates.
So go to the theater.
If you’re look for something to see… Reed Morano is a rock star cinematographer! If you caught her episode of Through the Lens then you already know that. She has not one but TWO films out theaters this weekend.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
Beautifully shot on 35mm the film is a portrait of the early days of the Beat Generation, a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) become embroiled in the notorious 1944 murder of Burroughs’ friend David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) by the object of his affection, the Beat muse Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).
The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
It opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend.
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE
Directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury. The film stars Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright. Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles.
These kids made me cry in the viewfinder many times on set while I was filming this…and I think it comes through when you watch it on the big screen…the story is bittersweet, funny and hopeful.
– Reed Morano