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Leaving the Movie Theatre Feeling Changed - A Journal Entry and Reflection 

Journal Entry, February 14, 2023

 

      For this -single- valentines day, I took myself to the princess cinema to see a romance movie called Before Sunrise. It follows a man and a woman, both in their early 20s, both on the train in France. They meet, talk, and when it gets to Jesse's stop in Vienna he invites the woman off to spend the rest of the day and night with him before he flies home to America. They fall in love. It was so beautiful. They reference their time together as something in between time, something forged to break the barrier of real life. It was one of those movies where I left the theatre feeling new. Like I truly learned something. Like I stepped into an experience of learning, growing, and seeing a sliver of true human thought. At its purest form. Wisdom and storytelling. It was so fucking raw. And funny. Allowing yourself to let down your walls, to meet someone and allow yourself to experience and forge true human connection is truly the most important thing in life. How it's okay to love, and want to be loved. How its also okay to be so fucking confused, (and kind of scared) not only in your early 20’s, but in your life. It's okay to ask questions, debate, and be skeptical. But also the importance of listening. How no matter what your situation is, it's okay to feel, to be angry- to think it's hard. And maybe, rather than feeling bad, or beating yourself up about the fact that you find life so hard, accept it. Embrace its toughness. And find gratitude for when it goes right. Rejoice in right and wrong. Love and hurt. 

 

June 18, 2023

 

      One of my favourite feelings in the world is when I leave the movie theatre, and am so touched I can't even listen to music on my walk home. When it feels wrong to do anything but soak in the feelings the movie gave me, for as long as possible. It sounds silly, but it's a deeper and more profound moment than even leaving and thinking, ‘holy shit, I love that movie’. That's what Before Sunrise did, and when I got home, I immediately wrote the entry above, so I could remember the exact essence of what it taught me. What's so fun about times like these is that I never have a clue which movie is going to elicit these feelings, and usually, it's when I least expect it. 

      Over the past 2 years, I have made an effort to go see as many movies as I can in person. It started because I genuinely really missed the experience during Covid, and having a small theatre that plays all kinds of movies in walking distance from my house really made it easy. But in the end, the ease was just a plus. What kept me was how meaningful an in person movie experience can be. Whether it's as special a moment as Before Sunrise, or when I go watch something I've seen before that just feels right to see again on the big screen, I always feel so great afterwards. It's the best when I see a movie on a whim and it becomes my new favourite. It's also the best when I'm quietly sobbing in the theatre because I'm either extremely sad, or extremely moved. No matter how awkward I may feel walking out. Boiling it down, my preoccupation with movie theatres makes a lot of sense. Movies are supposed to make us feel something; they teach us about ourselves and the world around us, so when we blend this type of learning with a community element, it creates something people want to take part in again and again. 

      I'm honestly just grateful. I've always struggled to watch TV and movies at home, probably because there's too much choice on streaming services. So I mostly stick to documentaries and YouTube. Finding the circumstance that actually gets me to watch new things has filled the past 2 years with a lot of moments of joy, laughter, tears, and contemplation. With that being said, here are my favourite movies i've seen in theatres since 2022:

 

  • Before Sunrise

  • Fire of Love

  • Triangle of Sadness

  • The Whale

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

  • Beau is Afraid

  • The Worst Person in the World

  • When You Finish Saving the World

  • Legally Blonde

  • Brian and Charles

And, finally, here some more no spoiler immediate reaction videos...  

The Whale
March 14, 2023
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
August 17, 2022
The Worst Person in the World
February 18, 2022
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