Movie Crazy

Are you movie crazy? No, I don’t mean crazy for Harold Lloyd’s comedy Movie Crazy from 1932 about a young man with little or no acting ability, desperately trying to be in the movies. I mean, are you crazy for movies period? I must admit I’m a cracker for movies. So, all those who consider themselves movie crazy raise your hands. Yup, that’s almost everybody. Why are we movie crazy? Why do we live in a movie crazed society? Hey, what are movies anyway?

Movies are ideas and/or stories brought to an audience through emotion by sound and a sequence of seamless images. Thanks to Google Search.

How popular are movies? Well, the keyword “movies” boasts a mind boggling 1.1 billion and growing number of searches on Google’s search engine alone. And the keyword “movie trailers” has collected a whopping 127 million plus searches. Watching movie trailers on the internet has become a popular past time for many. I know my husband’s one of them. He loves to watch his movie trailers.

This past year alone has brought in an astonishing box office revenue of 29.2 billion dollars worldwide just for 2009. Movies are watched and made worldwide. The language gap has been dissolved due to the addition of subtitles. Now we can all share in the universal movie experience. As well as being universal, movies are made for everyone young and old. Why you can even see generations at most Disney or kid movie showings. There is something out there for everyone no matter what your age.

We celebrate movies and we celebrate the stars in our movies. We bring them into our homes by way of TV shows dedicated to stars like ET, ET Canada, Access Hollywood and TMZ to name a few. We grab supermarket tabloids like The National Enquirer and Star scanning the latest celebrity gossip and stuff them into our shopping carts when no one is looking.

We have Oscar parties like we do Superbowl parties and even bet or at least announce our opinions on who the winners of the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, MTV Awards, etc. will be. Then there’s the classic TV shows like ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ that we turned on faithfully oohing and aahing over the content like it was fine wine. The show ran for over 10 years (March 1984 – September 1995). What a run! What a concept! We actually got to tag along and drool over the extravagant homes, lifestyles and dream vacations spots of the stars. Today, you can watch similar shows like MTV’s ‘Cribs’ and VH1’s ‘The Fabulous Life of….’

If you’re more of a home body you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to see a movie. You can literally channel movies through your TV’s regular cable or on specialty movie channels like Thrill, The Movie Network, HBO, Movie Central, Showtime, Turner Classic Movies, etc. And that’s after you’ve clicked through the TV movies of the week, recorded movies on your PVR or sent your kids to the video store to rent one of this week’s new releases. Oh, and not to mention you can buy movies from your brick and mortar video store down the street or even online on eBay or Amazon.

How do we get our golden tickets to these grand palaces? We buy cereal boxes and cut out cardboard vouchers, we use our air miles points or exchange reward points to turn cash into movie tickets. We fill out contest forms in hopes to be chosen as the lucky few to attend pre-screenings to our favourite movies before they even hit theatres. We also line red carpets around the world and tune into celebrity interviews on our favourite daytime and night-time shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Oprah and Regis & Kelly.

What beats the movie experience? Nothing. We cue up for our tickets, purchase our favourite goodies, grab the latest Famous or Tribute magazine for casual light reading before our movie (while devouring our real buttered popcorn or bag of liquorice). The lights go dim, the screen widens and the picture and sound arrive simultaneously. We anticipate the movie previews while watching the nuisance commercials and then there they are. Those big beautiful coming attractions in all their glory. We whisper yeas or nays or give a thumbs up to our pals seated beside us for the next movie adventure we’ll be planning. Then if we’re lucky, that is, the guys will get to hear the bellow of the THX sound effect that roars around the theatre. (Hey, guys you can hear it on YouTube or download it as a free mp3 or ring tone). Then the wait is over. Whoopee! And the adventure begins…

Again, why are we movie crazy? Could it be because movies are inexpensive; a cheap date; or an economical family outing. Is it that the encounter can be even more enhanced through the Imax or 3-D experience. Or does it go deeper. A chance to escape the real world if only for a few hours. Movies evoke emotion whether it’s excitement, laughter, terror, sadness, inspiration, faith, love, etc. Maybe you’re on an unpredictable adventure, figuring out a mystery or watching a family deal with loss. Movie’s take us away; anywhere we want to go. Even the theatre itself is an experience as we’ve discovered. The lights, sound, feel, big screen, comfy oversized fabric chairs, convenient cup holders, popcorn and munchies from the snack stand, etc. The movie experience really touches on all our senses. What movies have stirred you emotionally lately?

The movies are one place where you can choose what you want to see and feel. If I want to be happy I’ll go see a light hearted comedy. If I want to be thrilled I’ll go see a thriller or horror. And if I want to entertain my little niece and nephew I’ll go see the latest animated movie, etc. Then there’s the rest of the genres that fill out the movie experience: action and adventure, crime and gangster, drama, epics/historical, musicals/dance, science-fiction, war, documentary, westerns, biopics, chick-flicks, detective and mystery, disaster, fantasy, film noir, guy films, melodramas/weepers, road films, romance, sports, supernatural, etc.

Movies bring people together. They are something to talk about at the watering hole at your 9 to 5 job, chat amongst your Facebook friends or discuss in forums. We can talk about the worst movies we’ve seen or our all time favourites. We can quiz each other on movie trivia, quotes and songs. We can read or write reviews on movies, look up movie ratings and purchase books on movies. We can even get the latest Hollywood gossip sent to our email boxes or go online to peruse blogs such as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy blog.

Is there any other advantage from movies other than the whole entertainment experience? Actually, there is. Many professional therapists are using movies to help people in crisis. There is a therapeutic movement using—you guessed it—movies. It’s called Cinema Therapy. Cinema therapy is used because it’s readily available (there’s a movie theatre in every city pretty much) and the subject matter of most films are familiar to everyone. It also enhances the rapport between both the client and the therapist. Who doesn’t want to talk movies.

Other benefits include the release of emotions such as when we laugh during a comedy our laughter releases stress, tension and/or pain. A tear jerker that makes us cry releases built-up/blocked emotions. How about movies that touch on relationships or parenting. These observations and/or lessons can bring us closer together with people, make us analyze our current situations/relationships or make us realize we’ve got work to do.

And if there’s one last thing that solidifies our movie crazy mentality it’s our want or longing to actually be in a movie and/or meet a movie star. Well, this just in—you can do both. Have you heard the term TV or movie extra? If you want a better than bird’s eye view of making of a movie and to encounter a movie star or two sign-up to be an extra. You’ll get paid, fed, be on set and maybe bump elbows with your favourite movie star.

Let’s Watch Movies Online With Fireplace Warmth and Home Baked Popcorn

The year 2154, Jack Scully is a paraplegic marine who joins a project of alien world when his twin died. His DNA matched with the alien group called Na’vi and he was transferred into a Na’vi to give him an alien ‘Avatar’ to understand the Na’vi system and find their weak spot so that the mercenaries can wipe out the Navi’s. So will Jack be able to infiltrate into the Na’vi’s land and join the gory game of destruction? This is most talked about movie of the year ‘Avatar’ which can now be enjoyed from the comforts of your home when you watch movies online.

Undoubtedly, the popularity of watching movies online has become much popular and any latest movie can be watched anytime and anywhere. Convenient, easy to access and involve a small payment, on online movie portals you will be able to watch movies online or even can catch up the latest movie trailers as well. With a long list of the categories of movies available on the online movie portal, a viewer can choose from Crime to Romance or from Film-Noir to Sci-Fi. The process is pretty simple…a viewer has to log in to the sites, they watch latest movie trailers online for free, and then they can book for any movie of their choice against a small payment. Apart from the trailer shows and movie watching options, there are even other attractive categories to surf. The categories includes a long list of movie genres, latest box office blockbusters, first look of upcoming movies, show timings of nearby theaters and even an archive of blockbuster movie.

Watch movies online isn’t costly as many people think. The price of watching a movie online is pretty cheap and a simple payment process of payment is involved within the process. Even you can read editorial reviews of the films and can decide whether you will lay hands on the movie or not. Forget Cable connections since there are problems with the Clack Gable movies since often they run out of stocks, on the contrary such problem doesn’t exist in online movie portals. Moreover, you can even watch latest movie trailers online, enjoy star interviews, current box office churners, and even book online DVD stores as well. One of the primary features of the online movie portal is that viewers can watch latest movie trailers online and then they can decide on a movie title. Moreover, parents can keep a strong leash on the adult movie and can decide a movie according to the ratings & standards for display.

Any latest blockbuster, be it “Quantum of Solace”, “Pink Panther” or “Hangover”, any title is available at the online movie portals. All movies can be experienced in HD quality print and dolby surround sound and they will add up into a theatre experience by sitting at the comfort of your own. To Watch movies online will give you a viscerally experience for a new level of satisfaction, a great pleasure of serenity & excitement and moreover it will curtail down your cost of booking tickets, purchasing popcorns and snacks for the entire evening show. So now without spending on weekend shows in theatres, just book for ‘Avatar’ now and sit & enjoy this magnum opus Sci-Fi on online movie portals.

Top Five Dark Movies

Movies filmed on plots from the dark can be a real source of entertainment. You may choose to watch these movies alone with a bowl full of popcorn in front of you but I’d say you get friend or two to watch these with you. These are beyond the human imagination and tell tales from the dark side. I also watch dark movies and I dare watch them alone only during the day! Here are a few dark movies that are meant to scare our deepest thoughts and leave us scared enough not to even go to the bathroom alone!

Drag me to Hell has been so far the most dreading horror film that I have watched. It is about superstition, myth and dark curses in today’s scenario. I mean no one believes in these nowadays but this film really draws your faith into believing them. It revolves around a banker who refuses to lend loan to a needy, old age, creepy woman in favor of her organization. That same day the old woman dooms her with a curse that she would go to hell within a few days of the spell. Weird, scary incidents start occurring with her after that and she is forced to seek psychic help and when everything seems to be in control; the most shocking end comes whereby the old woman’s curse takes real form.

Another movie that shows the strong hold of the dark side into our worlds and how the dark souls wander is Grudge. It is about a curse that is born when someone dies in rage or sorrow and how the spell encircles everyone that gets involved and it forms a vicious circle of death. This movie had unbelievable, thrilling scenes coupled with excellent spooky music that gives you creeps even if you are watching the movie with a number of people.

Perfume is a movie about a boy who is an orphan and develops a schizophrenic personality with a sense of smell that is superhuman. In his pursuit of finding and possessing the scent he likes, he kills the person, mostly females. He is known as a serial killer, a murderer yet he doesn’t understand he is doing anything wrong. When he is finally arrested and is being sentenced the movie takes a flashback into all the events that led him there. The movie showed the extreme of human dark side.

The Ring also carried a rich plot that revolves around a cursed videotape. This videotape is title as ‘The Ring’ and when played it shows some disturbing images and while the viewer’s discomfort increases; the phone bell rings and a voice on the other end announces that the viewer will die in the next seven days. So it is believed that whoever watches the movie would die in the next seven days and all those who do are actually shown to die. Two main characters try and investigate the mystery behind the movie; one of them makes a copy of the film while the other keeps the original. As the story reaches the end all the others die only the girl with copy of the film remains alive; because she did not have the original movie.

SAW is an epic horror production by its directors. It is a strange story of survival where the life of one is dependent on the death of another. A psychopath masters the game and the death maze takes through painful series of acts that people have to do in order to survive. And these acts revel the dark side of mankind as to what levels can they go for their own survival even if it’s opening up someone’s intestinal tract to look for a key to their life.