A lot of it is the social magic of going out to the movies, seeing it with a lot of people you have never met and sharing an experience. I feel there is no substitute for going out to the movies. There is nothing like it.
Recently, my significant other told me that her job was renting out screens at the Alamo Drafthouse to show movies to employees. They asked everyone to submit a list of five movies they’d want to see, and then chose three movies to screen from those nominations. What they ended up with is “Jaws”, “The Notebook”, and “Jurassic World”. I could take or leave “The Notebook” and “Jurassic World”, but I have to say “Jaws” is a good pick. “Jaws” is far from my favorite movie, but seeing the original summer blockbuster on the big screen would be hard to pass up.
This got me thinking, though, about what 5 movies I would nominate to see on the big screen. It took me awhile to think of a good list of movies. Obviously, if this is a one time thing I am going to pick something I’ve never seen in the theater before. Generally, I would want to see something spectacular, something visually awe-inspiring. I would also want a movie that I can get absolutely lost in with a world and a story and characters that feels true and tangible. But mostly, I would want a movie that truly deserves to be on the big screen. And to my mind, all five of my picks definitely deserve it.
This is by far the most intimate of the five films I would choose. There’s very little action in “The Godfather”, but I would still love to witness the drama unfold on the big screen. From the opening “I believe in America” monologue I can see myself getting lost in the world of the Corleone Family. The drama and suspense would only be amplified even further on the big screen.
Lawrence of Arabia
Seeing this historical epic as it was intended would be something else. The vast scenery would completely envelop you. The action would feel larger and even more perilous. There was a major restoration completed in 2017 and the film was shown at a select few theaters in 70mm. What a sight that must have been.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
This movie had an enormous impact on me at a young age. It is one of the first films I ever remember loving and it has always been something my father and I have bonded over. To see it in the theater with Steven Spielberg’s incredible direction and John Williams’ enduring score would be something I would never forget.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
This is (by far) the newest movie on my list, but I missed it during its original theatrical run and have only seen it once in a very small, very bad “theater” (I’m not sure the term “theater” even accurately describes the space). I would love to see this in a full-sized theater to fully experience Edgar Wright’s bombastic style of story-telling. Every frame is bursting with style and color and the soundtrack is relentlessly cool. I want to lose myself in “the mysterious land…of Toronto, Canada”.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
I’ve obviously seen other “Star Wars” movies in theaters, but seeing the original would be a different beast entirely. “Episode IV” came out just two years after “Jaws” and was the really the 2nd ever “blockbuster” movie and was the highest grossing movie in history at the time. I feel like seeing this would be like a trip back to the 1970s in the best way possible.