This week I went to two movies that were part of Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and James Cameron’s Aliens.
I love them both, though they are obviously very different movies. Blade Runner is primarily a neo-noir detective story that gets you thinking about what it means to be human, the origin and nature of emotions, the responsibilities creators have for their creations, among questions along those lines. Aliens, while certainly an intelligent film, is more visceral. Survival, betrayal, group dynamics under pressure, family, and motherly love are at the core of this action-packed film. Aside from being sci-fi films that feature artificial intelligences, their most significant commonality is that they deserve to be seen on the big screen!
They both present fully-realized worlds full of iconic imagery, and they have earned the right to be seen on the big screen even decades after their initial release. I own DVD copies of both films, but I did not hesitate to pay for a ticket to see them in theatres, and I’m glad I didn’t. Not a single person in the audience so much as whispered during Blade Runner, and most of them probably held their breath during Rutget Hauer’s “tears in the rain” monologue. During Aliens, one-liners from Apone (“Another glorious day in the Core!”) and Hudson (“Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen!”) sent simultaneous giggles rippling through the crowd.
The only decision that did cause some debate between me and my movie-going crew was where to sit. You might think that the assigned seating available during the festival would make this easier, but all it really does it hasten the debate. And the earlier you buy tickets, the more seats are available, and the more intense the debate. Sit too close and you might end up with a headache or sore neck. Sit too far back and you might as well go watch it with your new best friend, who by complete coincidence has a curved 60″ 4K TV and surround sound. Complicating matters is the fact that each theatre has its quirks–screen size, projector type, speaker setup, the number of rows, and the width of each row must be plugged into an intricate formula developed by Sheldon Cooper which calculates the ideal seat in that particular theatre. We had to get it right; after all, it could be years before we’d get a chance like this again!
If only I’d known about this article, written by Jason Gorber and originally published in The Toronto Star in January 2013 (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/01/11/the_10_best_seats_at_toronto_movie_theatres.html), which eschews the aforementioned fictional formula and instead relies on good ol’ fashioned butt-in-seat trial and error. To the best of my knowledge, all of the theatres mentioned still exist and the particular screens have not been renovated since the article was first published.
Hope it helps!
By the way, it should be noted that I call dibs on these seats for any screening I attend, and anyone found occupying them upon my arrival will be asked to move. The only exception is Jason Gorber…assuming the person claiming to be him can provide I.D. 😉
What do you think? Where do you like to sit when you go to the movies? Can you recommend “sweet spots” in any other theatres in the GTA? Leave some comments below and let us know!