Oren Loni’s Unique Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer
Since my girlfriend and I go to a lot of movies, trying to find a fun way to make movies a part of date night is challenging. After all, going to the theatre doesn’t really feel special anymore. The good news is that there are still some pretty cool ways to go out, enjoy a movie, and have a great date night.
Oren Loni’s Idea: Film Festivals
My girlfriend is more of an artsy person than I am which basically means that she loves indie films while I prefer to stick to the mainstream. This meant that for years I avoided all the local film festivals because they tend to showcase more indie films. Now that my girlfriend has dragged me to a few, I’ve become a fan of film festivals and try to go to them as often as possible. Here’s why.
Michigan isn’t exactly overrun by film festivals, though there are a few, which means that going to one usually means a road trip that lasts a couple of hours (or more) each way. There’s not much, good and bad, that doesn’t get discussed during these excursions.
I’m exposed to movies I never would have seen had I not gone to the film festival. A lot of the ones I’ve really loved I wouldn’t have even heard off because they are simply too small or too far off the beaten path.
I’ve met so many industry people. Not only does this make me feel like I have an inside track on the movie industry (even though I don’t) but I’ve also learned more about what goes into making a movie than I would have if I hadn’t met a few key individuals. I keep hoping that someday I’ll impress one of these people so much with my movie knowledge that they’ll invite me to take part as they create a movie. It hasn’t happened yet, but I can keep hoping.
Oren’s 2nd Idea: Movies in the Park/Beach
I adore the whole concept of movies in the park, and I’m particularly fond of beach side movie showing of which there are quite a few in Michigan. Whenever I hear about one, I try to find someone to go with me. I don’t know why, but I always get a strong sense of connection with the rest of the audience while I’m watching the movie. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s a different feel than what I get in the theatre and I love it.
Most of the movies shown at the movies in the Park/Beach are older and very family friendly. The recent ones I’ve seen include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Iron Man, and Holes.
I know, there aren’t many drive-ins left these days, but I’m lucky enough to be within driving range of one. I don’t get to visit it as often as I like, but I love every drive-in opportunity that arises. Since admission is charge by the car, rather than the number of people, I make sure I always have a huge carload of people with me whenever I go. Most of the time we have a great time. Whenever I happen to catch a movie that I first saw at the drive through, I remember the antics my friends got up to and can’t help smiling.
What unique movie viewing experiences do you enjoy?