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Do you know how much I paid for a ticket the last time I went to the cinema? £8, and £16 on top of that for two small popcorns and a medium portion of nachos. Admittedly, there’s nothing quite like going to the cinema and seeing films on ‘the big screen’ but when you’re a student surviving on SAAS and trying to make that precious payment last the entire month – on top of the cost of uni books, car insurance payments, mobile phone contracts etc. – even a trip to the cinema can be a bit of a stretch these days.
So, why not cut out the middle man? Instead of going to the cinema, go to the supermarket and buy some new DVDs – you’ll probably get a few for the price of a cinema ticket – and some bags of popcorn, and have your very own movie night – at home! Here is moon child’s guide on what you’ll need to have the best movie night:
Whether you like butter, sweet or salted, or sweet and salted, you’ll be able to grab a huge bag for at least half the price than the cinema stuff and, surprisingly, the supermarket brands are just as good.
If you’re not in the mood for popcorn, there are loads of other movie snacks you can munch on during your favourite films. Nachos with cheese and salsa (I’d recommend adding spicy chicken too!), Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream (cookie dough is a must), crisps, sweets or, if you fancy, why not have pizza, hot dogs or burgers?
(This is definitely not a healthy-eating-movie-night. Apologies.)
Now I’m not saying that Harry Potter was lucky, per se, to have a loveless childhood, dragged up by an aunt and uncle who despised him. But he did get to live in the cupboard under the stairs – think how cosy it must have been!
Well, maybe it wasn’t that cosy, but there’s something about the idea of that little cupboard that always reminds me of building dens as a child with pillows, blankets, fairy lights, sweets to eat, and ghost stories to read.
So, why not make your movie night that extra bit cosy and comfy by building a den in your livingroom? Just make sure you leave part of the blankets open to see the TV, or even move the telly inside the den and hide away from the outside world completely!
If, like most of us, you’re part of a particular fandom – Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Disney, Game of Thrones etc. – you could do something that you can’t do at the cinema which is have a mammoth marathon of your favourite TV/film series.
Watch Harry Potter back to back right from Year 1 in the Philosopher’s Stone right through to the ultimate showdown between ‘The Boy Who Lived’ and the Dark Lord himself in the Deathly Hallows Part 2, or binge on Doctor Who until your heart’s content. If you’re inviting a group of people over, you could make it a themed night with costumes, games and fandom-appropriate treats.
While it might feel a little juvenile, who wouldn’t love fandom movie night with lots of sweet treats and a binge-watch of their favourite films? You’re never too old to geek out over your favourite movies.
What to watch…
Deciding on your viewing can be a tricky one if you’re trying to pick a film that will please everyone. So, going through some different film genres, here is my pick of classic, fan-favourites…
Crime – Goodfellas
Goodfellas is the ultimate gangster blockbuster telling the rise and fall chroncile of Henry Hill, a young boy raised in the bossom of the Italian-American mob and turned into an unpredictable, violent, drug-taking gangster.
Rom-com – Clueless
Perfect for a girly night in, this iconic, 90s cult classic is a huge click flick hit telling the story of Cher; a rich, LA daddy’s girl who surprises herself when she falls for a do-gooder, becomes a charitable goddess and proves to everyone, including herself, that there is more to her than just being a natural beauty and a fashion guru.
Epic – Braveheart
Yes, yes, I know – it’s wildly historically inaccurate but let’s remember that it’s a Hollywood work of cinema, not a BBC documentary of the Scottish Wars of Independence. The epic 1995 film (loosely) tells the tale of famous Scottish historic figure, William Wallace, who fought and died for – FREEDOM! Say what you like about the complacent fact checkers for this production, it is still a brilliant film.
Drama – Trainspotting
Okay, I’m a bit biased here because it’s my favourite film (ever) but Trainspotting is definitely worth sticking on the “one to watch” list. Trainspotting follows heroin addict Mark Renton and his group of friends immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene of the late 80s-early 90s. This gritty, hilarious/harrowing, generational, art house film is a long-time favourite picked up and worshiped by young people around the world.
Sci-fi – Alien
This science fiction classic from the 70s is another cult classic and firm favourite with film fans. The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet, and after searching for survivors, the crew head home only to realize that a deadly alien has come along with them, hiding in a rather, shall we say, inconvenient place.
What films do you watch on movie night? Let us know in the comments section below.
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