Posted on 10/15/10 01:22 PM | Last edited on 10/15/10 01:22 PM
So I've gotten a lot of messages and e-mails asking me why I don't go to see every single new release. Most of my reviews are of more classic films, with an occasional new release. Well, here it is, my answer.
If you don't know, I'm 17 years old (18 in about a month), and have been a film buff for about 18 months now. The thing is though, while film is my interest, it's still just my INTEREST!! I don't get paid to write reviews or watch films, so when I get given hours to work (I've got a 0 Contract Hours position at a Newsagents), I take them up to earn some money. Also, consider what I'm doing in Education. I'm in a Sixth Form College, studying Law, Politics and History. Those aren't exactly easy A Levels, so if I want to do well, I have to put in a lot (and I mean A LOT) of work. An example is earlier this week; the morning before I went into Sixth Form, I was going through my DVD's that I hadn't yet seen. I looked at Mystic River and said "it's you tonight". Then, in History, I got a lengthy piece of Work to do at home. Which is more important? Watching a 2 and a half hour film, or getting a piece of work done really well in that time. I know not too many people read my reviews (thank you to those that do and take the time to comment) so it's not that many people getting disappointed.
I got to halfway through that last Paragraph earlier this afternoon, and then met my friends to get the bus to go to see the Social Network. That's another reason I don't see every new release: my social life. I'm not going to exaggerate and state that I have a very large social life, or have a girlfriend because I don't, but that's part of who I am and I'm not ashamed of that. Me and my friends (I doubt any of you are reading this) aren't the sort of people that need to hang out every single minute of every single day. We see each other outside of Sixth Form, but we can live without each other. This is mostly due to us lot being busy people (one's dad is the local vicar; one's constantly bowling and skating; some of us have jobs; etc), so whenever we can hang out, we do. Now we go to the Cinema a lot, and I can speak for everyone when I say that the best way to watch a film is with your friends, but it also depends what film we watch. With something like Iron Man 2, I could hang out with my friends and see the new release. With something like Edge of Darkness, my friends weren't entirely interested, so I had to go see it alone. The point is, the real world comes first, and the virtual world second. Don't get me wrong, I love the Rotten Tomatoes Community and I love listening to people discuss films, but if it comes down to reviewing a film (no matter how good), or hanging with friends, I'll choose the latter.
When I first got into reviewing films, it became apparent that I'd have to watch some very specific "all-time greats": Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Third Man, 12 Angry Men, Gone With The Wind, the list goes on. I'm against Downloading films, unless it's legal. So, that means that I have to buy these films or catch them on TV. So my money will go to catching up on films that I haven't seen yet, so it means that I miss out on the new releases. Think about it, what was more important? Me watching the all time best film for the first time, or going to see ANOTHER Romantic Horror film.
Consider my age: I'm 17. Unlike America, I can't get into a rated 18 film even with an adult. Fake ID? I'm not risking it.
I hope this explains why I don't get to review EVERY new release. And with that, I'm off to review the Social Network