Arts and Entertainment. What does it mean? Art and entertainment. We’ve seen a drastic change in how we view our entertainment over the past few years. Binge-watching has become the norm. Who remembers what it was like to have your favourite program end for the season on a massive cliff-hanger? Our hero falling from a plane or locked in an ever-shrinking room. Gone are the days of waiting for months to find out if he lives or dies. Well, if there’s another season, chances are he lives, but the waiting part to find out how he escapes is not months away, but moments.
Going out to see a movie or a play is an event. At least, it should be. It requires making plans. Asking someone to come along with you. Matching your schedules for the date you could all attend. Maybe buying tickets, sometimes weeks in advance. Planning and picking the seats you want, making everyone happy. Then getting ready, cleaning up, nice clothes. Care was taken, pride. It certainly required more than a stack of DVD’s or just accessing the website online and eating junk food in your sweatpants that have stains, tears and perhaps some vulgar advertizing across the buttocks.
Then, of course, it usually meant dinner out, maybe meet at the pub for a drink before or a light meal. Maybe it was a really fancy dinner in a really fancy restaurant. Not pizza and potato chips on the basement couch. Drinks afterward to have a lively discussion about what we had just seen. Not just going to some forum online under an assumed name and spouting your opinion as if it were hard fact and being nasty to someone who disagreed with your view.
There is really nothing like a movie in the theatre. The large space, the slanted ailes, the big cushiony seats. You can’t beat the smells! The popcorn! The hushed whispers of other patrons finding their favourite spots for the best viewing advantage, not which side of the couch you’ll take up. The anticipation of what we are about to see.
Live theatre. Such an event! It’s a grand event for many. It might be a special event for the theatre-goer. Birthday or anniversary. It might be the only big outing for many months for some people. The effort on behalf of the production, the cast and crew, the costumes, the sets, all the work involved. You can’t pause it to go empty your bladder any time you like, so you need to prepare for that!
The big screen for the movie, loud and filling up so much of the space, it’s a wonderful experience that just can’t be beat. I wonder if younger people ever experience it anymore. I see many free sites to watch movies the very day they are released, recorded with someone’s phone and yet people still have the audacity to complain about the quality! Sitting at home, alone watching movies and four or five episodes or seasons of your favourite show, all soon to be forgotten by the time you start the next one. My advice? Go outside to play, to see a play.
There are so many good movies coming out of Hollywood nowadays that audiences are spoilt for choice. This is partly because there is an increase in demand for most Sci-Fi movies as well as Superhero films as well. These two genres, which are not that far apart, have reignited the zeal for movies that has always been there. This can be witnessed of money that Superhero films such as Logan, Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2 and Wonder woman have been able to rake in, regarding profits. Tickets for these films are always in demand, and that is why the movie industry will continue to shine. However, this is not to deny the fact that the need for the other genre has gone down. In fact, each genre is enjoying its considerable demand for the films, but the two types aforementioned have been able to dominate for the better part of the last decade. This is also significantly due to the use of CGI which has made shooting these films so much easier for the creators as well as being able to make better movies.
In the last decade, the use of CGI in movies has gone up, and this has led to an increased demand for such films as The Transformers and Fast and The Furious. These two franchises might not go well with the critics, but the audience seems to want more and more. It is right to point out the fact that these films might not be Academy worthy because of the lack of character building and such but they remain very relevant in today’s culture. A lot of directors are now as well pursuing these genres trying to make a name for themselves as well. There have also been very controversial films that have come out and some great Horror movies. This comes in the wake of one of the biggest actors of this generation calling it quits. Daniel Day-Lewis who is a three-time Academy Award winner has decided to hang up his boots at just the age of sixty.
Theatre too has enjoyed its fair share of great shows over the past year with more scheduled to come. Broadway has ways been the biggest stage that anyone can hope to perform at, and it has lived up to this name for quite a while now. Hamilton was a very successful show that surprised a lot of audiences for its authenticity as well as great acting. Groundhog Day is also poised to make quite the show on Broadway, and a lot of people can’t wait. It is perceived that it is harder to make it on a stage on Broadway than in Hollywood. This might be true given the level of talent that is expected of one before you can even make a Broadway debut. In keeping in line with tradition, the theater still rules, and there is no denying that there is more to come. Hamilton, which was widely successful is a clear indication that there is still an enormous amount of talent in that stage.
Tips to Choose an Inflatable Movie Screen for Your Backyard Theater written by: kimellen1
Ever seen a movie in one of those drive-in movie theaters? A real theater like experience with a big screen and great sound system, and above all, an outdoor, open air set up. The concept of outdoor projection itself accentuates the whole movie experience as you can see the movie with your loved ones in an open, free environment and still have the theater like the atmosphere around. This concept has grown in its popularity over the years to move from drive-ins to backyards of many houses. Suppose you have a big family gathering or a poolside party, an outdoor movie screening can take the entire event to a whole new level. And having an inflatable movie screen for projection can increase the quality of your backyard theater setup. Imagine having a movie screen made of cloth that will flutter with the wind during the entire movie and also have wrinkles all over. Of course, the outcome will be a flop though you have the best projector and sound system. Here are tips to choose an inflatable movie screen which is the most important element for your backyard theater set up.
* Decide on the place you want to set up the inflatable and ensure the place has access to electrical connections. To keep it inflated, a blower is provided, and this must have access to electricity all the while.
* to decide the size of the screen, confirm the number of people who would be present for the screening and also measure the area of your backyard. For a group of 5 to 6 people, a 6 to 8 Ft screen should do fine. For a larger gathering buy or rent a larger screen.
* Make sure it has a blackout curtain to block all the light coming from its rear side when you are using a front projection configuration. Having the undesirable light on the screen ruins the theater like experience.
* If you have a rear projection system and if the screen supports only front projection, all your efforts will go in vain. So go to a movie screen that supports both front and rear projection configurations.
* Ensure that the inflatable movie screen is made from PVC vinyl and properly air sealed to avoid any unexpected deflation.
* Ask if the movie screen can project all kinds of digital content like regular video, HD, 3D, and images as well. Go for the standard 16:9 aspect ratio and see if the screen is wrinkle free as lines on the screen upsets the complete movie experience.
* Go for the one that is easy to set up provided with features like Velcro. Also, a blower must be given to keep it constantly inflated.
* Storage will be a big problem if you are buying the inflatable for yourself. So buy a screen that deflates completely, easy to fold, easy to store and again, wrinkle free.
Bear the points mentioned above in your mind very clearly as you cannot afford to make mistakes while buying the inflatable movie screen since it is the most fundamental element of a backyard theater set up. Take your time, do your investigation and invest wisely.