My Oscars season question to you: Where do you prefer to watch movies, at home or in a theater?
Before VHS was invented, I used to imagine that when something like that did come along, I'd gobble it up and watch movies every night.
Didn't happen. I've used many technologies at home, but I still watch movies in the theaters. That used to puzzle me. Why would I spend time driving, usually in the winter, in order to pay money for something I could do at home, sometimes for free?
It's not so much the big screen or the big sound or the plush rocking chairs, although I enjoy them all. And I am zealously opposed to spending any money on soda and popcorn at a theater.
It's the escape. Same thing it's always been about the movies. They get you out of your home, your chores, your life, and take you someplace totally different. At home, I may take weeks to finish a movie, maybe only watching it while I fold laundry. In the theater, the movie has my total attention. (If you have never seen The Purple Rose of Cairo
, go find it. It tells the secrets of a movie-goer's heart like nothing else I know.)
The five Best Picture-nominated movies I've seen this season all kept my attention. I have no more credentials to declare which was best than your little brother does, but I got my money's worth with each.
"Hacksaw Ridge" took me way ...