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DAF, my first exposure to Bond, and quite a thrilling experience.
Le Mans, still the best racing movie ever made.
Enter The Dragon, a milestone for me, and the very reason I started in the Martial Arts.
Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, My first Big screen Godzilla viewing!
Shamus, made me a Burt Reynolds fan. Goldsmith music helped.
Westworld, nuthin' but FUN!
Ape marathon, all 5 Apes movies... shell shocked...
Logan's Run made my year.
Star Wars just blew me away... every week. :))
Superman nearly rivaled Star Wars for me.
FINALLY! Trek on the Big screen! Glorious!
Empire Strikes Back destroyed me.
Blade Runner took me to new sci-fi heights.
Return Of The Jedi had me in tears.
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, one of the very first films I saw with my then future Wife.
Cameron killed with Aliens.
Cameron killed again with T2.
Goldeneye was stupendous!
TND did NOT disappoint.
Matrix floored me.
Serenity was a gift from Joss.
Terminator Genisys, a perfect Father/Son outing.
I've seen hundreds of movies in the theatre, these are just, for whatever reason, the MOST memorable experiences for me.
2001 - The Fellowship of the ring
2006 - Casino Royale, Blood Diamond
2008 - The Dark Knight
2010 - Kick Ass, Inception, Toy Story 3
2011 - Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
2013 - Wolf of Wall Street
EDIT: Oh, and 'The Chaser' while in Paris. My first asian film, and what a film it was.
I was only 10 when this was shown again at our local cinema and I was finally allowed to watch an "adult" movie.
Fallen madly in love....not with Rog....but with Octopussy :))
1987 The Living Daylights:
A life-changing experience, turned me into the biggest James Bond fan.
I was already a big Batman fan and this was kind of Heaven on Earth for me.
Jaw-droppingly good and I have never left the cinema more excited ever again.
1996 Star Trek First Contact:
Being already a huge Trekkie this movie has blown me away and it is still my favourite movie of all time.
2000 Pitch Black:
A random pick, didn't know anything about that movie. Left the cinema being aware that I had just experienced something truly phenomenal and unique. And I quite got the hots for Vin Diesel, I wanted him to do bad things to me :))
2004 Shaun Of The Dead:
Never heard of Simon Pegg before. After seeing that movie I knew that Star Trek First Contact was in danger of loosing the top spot in my favourite movie list.
2005 Batman Begins:
Immediately my No 1 movie of the 00's and it stayed at that spot. Needless to say the best Batman movie ever.
2015 Mad Max Fury Road:
I experienced this movie in Dolby Atmos. Compared to this sound system, 7.1 feels like the mono with only one speaker.
But even without this, MMFR is the first movie in 10 years that left me speechless, breathless and close to a heart attack of excitement.
A masterpiece of gigantic proportions and the No 1 movie of this decade.
First time (that I can remember) going to the movies. Went with Aunt. Don't remember much about the film though.
Went with Mom. A movie I wanted to see. Awesome. Don't remember seeing much after the title.
1989: The Little Mermaid
Yep. Went with Mom and brother. Amazing. But also helped make me the coward I am today. Ariel had to overcome so much. Didn't think it possible. It's a movie, I guess.
1991: Terminator 2
Man! Greatest thing ever. Just remember T1000 being the scariest thing I never wanted to meet. One of the best movies I ever seen in theaters. Epic.
First Bond in theaters. Had only casually noticed Goldfinger on TV - two years before. Dad introduced me to Roger later. Saw GE with brother and Dad who was pumped about Brosnan being Bond. Learned the whole Remington Steele story beforehand. Great movie experience. Remember being awed by the PTS, the plane recovery and XENIA! She looked so much "fuller" when I first saw her. Didn't think Bond could get better than this.
1993: Last Action Hero
Dad and bro went because we had nothing else to do. Called it the worst movie ever until something called Soul Plane was made.
1996: Independence Day
Terrific experience - much like T2. Went with Dad and brother.
2001: Rush Hour 2
First movie I ever saw twice in the theaters. Funny.
2004: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Remember being in a urban theatre on a Friday night with my college friends. Place was loud and people talked and told jokes throughout the movie. It was great!
2006: Casino Royale
Bond is back! Went with Aunt. Greatest Bond ever. Looks like they took it seriously. Might even win an award. Vesper breaks my heart.
2008: The Dark Knight
First time seeing a premiere at midnight. Stood in a long line with my brother. That Joker performance...the pencil trick ... Frightful.
First 3D experience (I think). Learned that 3D is overrated. Good movie though.
Just remember hoping Bardem would be Blofeld. Great show though. Went with a co-worker who now I regret not getting closer to.
2012: The Dark Knight Rises
Remember going with the aforementioned co-worker. Man I liked her. Never made a move. Fellas (ladies), I think I've learned that if someone likes you, and might even like them back, that you have to make a move. Empty feeling having not taken advantage of 2012.
2015: Avengers: Rise of Ultron
Have never anticipated a movie more. Great benefit to seeing a movie on its premiere night. Marvel fans make great crowds. Excellent discipline with everyone staying for the credits.
2015: Inside Out
It took this long to finally cry during a movie. Fiction, but I felt for family in the movie. Even felt the memories of my own childhood slipping away. Great movie…genius.
1995 - Goldeneye
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2001 - The Bourne Identity
2005 - Batman Begins
2006 - Casino Royale
2008 - TDK
2012 - SF
2013 - Prisoners
2014 - Interstellar
2015 - MI-RN
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the 1990 film, of course)
Forrest Gump- what a magical, timeless film
Tomorrow Never Dies- the first JB I saw at the cinemas- 2x incredible viewing experiences
Matrix Reloaded- missed the first one at the cinemas- this one made up for it
Kick Ass- had sooo much fun with this one
Terminator Genisys- went in with low-medium expectations and was pleasantly surprised how much fun it was
If you hate clapping..well you better stay away from the premiere. But I liked it so... :D
Also I've seen the last HP movie few times and the last time I watched it some guys behind me were basically doing "live commentary" of the movie..you know like when you watch it at home and you make jokes? If it was the first time I watched the movie I would have been mad but since it was the ..idk4th maybe? time I watched it I laughed with them since they were hilarious.
Also..7 days in Havana. I think I'll never enjoy this movie as I did in the cinema. The local cinema has sort of a "hey it's our birthday so go and see movies for free". Of course they mostly showed movies that are not that mainstream, as I doubt many people heard of "7 days in Havana" but the crowd laughing, talking about the movie and the overall positive atmosphere was great. I rated that movie 8/10 on IMDb. I tried watching some scenes of that movie on youtube to remind myself of the fun I had but it wasn't as fun as when I watched it that time.
Jaws Probably my first 'adult' cinema film!
Star Wars Enough said!
Superman Have never been so excited watching a film! (I was 12!)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark One of the best times I'd ever had in a cinema!
The Living Daylights Bond films were great again!
Aliens An incredibly exciting rollercoaster ride
Robocop Absolutely thrilling! Blew me away!
T2 A film that just raised the bar for action spectacle
Reservoir Dogs Knew I was watching a very special talent at work
Jurassic Park Dinosaurs..real Dinosaurs!
The Matrix Mind blowing and a real game changer
But...some that came close
I know this is a Star Wars knock off - but it is a sci-fi/fantasy classic to me. The tragedy of the cyclops, the majesty if the fire mares, the death of the swamp and the evil of the beast. It is great fun. Still watch it to this day every now and then.
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984)
Seeing that heart ripped out and burst in to flames gave me nightmares, the cart chase gave me chills and the swing bridge gave me vertigo. Ford was unrivalled at this point - he was cinema to me.
The Living Daylights (1987) my first bond film at the cinema. It was magnificent and I was in my first wave of bond fever at that time.
Manon Des Sources (1989)
My first European film I saw at the cinema and it felt like the first adult film too. The themes of revenge and love and wonderful cinematography. Not to mention the remarkable beauty of emmanuelle Beart.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
One of my favourite films of all time. And you can keep your Hannibal lector (decoder) - this is Anthony Hopkins finest cinematic performance. Artfully made in every way and quietly soul crushing. Magnificent film making. The book is pure class too. But seeing this in the cinema just made me appreciate an entirely different ability of cinema.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
It almost seems cliche - but this really was - for better or worse - where cinema changed for a while. The anticipation after reservoir dogs was enormous and then when Tarantino won Cannes you knew this was going to be momentous. I must have seen this ten times at the cinema.
Fight club (1999) I thought the film was a roller coaster ride of unpredictability and satire. It really influenced a lot of filmmaking both in tone and style.
2001 (1999) Kubrick. 70mm print. Enough said.
Casino Royale (2006) it's difficult to overstate how much I loved this film on its release. I knew it was going to kick ass. I had seen Craig in Munich and was on board with him as Bond from the announcement. It was based on fleming. I was excited. And then that opening, the title sequence and the parkour sequence had me cheering. But more importantly it had reignited my true love for Bond after a fallow period. It validated the franchise as a being critically successful and capable of a substantial film.
The Raid (2011) Jaw dropping Indonesia action film. The sequel was awesome too. But seeing that original one with a vocally amazed audience was genuinely exciting.
Suspiria (2013) got to see Argento's magnificent 70s horror on the big screen with Goblin playing the soundtrack - live! Bit of a dream come true to be honest.
Indians Jones and the Temple of Doom !
Left the cinema floating on air, I thought I'd just seen the greatest action movie
Ever made. :)
Definitely agree with you on Fight Club. I missed it at the cinema (I was skint that year!) but saw it on DVD and it was the most daring and original thing I'd seen in years.
Seeing Suspiria with Goblin live? Wow that must have been cool! I met Argento once. Very nice chap, didn't speak much English. He signed my Inferno soundtrack LP.
Although it might be a little boring in the middle, the ending left me speachless at the cinema. Only time this has ever happened to me.
The Wolf of Wall Steet (2013)
Saw this with a great audience, we were laughing all the way through.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
One of the best action movies i've ever seen.
The Intouchables (2011)
Same as with Wolf of Wall Street.
2. The World is Not Enough (1999) - definitely not one of the better Bonds but the first I saw in the cinema.
3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - possibly the best audio experience I've had in a cinema
1983- Octopussy-after having endured a long line to see Return of The Jedi the previous week my folks took me to see OP. It was a blast!!!
NSNA- I remember this day in October like it was earlier today. I had so much fun seeing Sean come back I was now a Bond fan.
1985 - Jailhouse Rock/This Is Elvis- Double feature at an old theatre introduced me to catching black and white films on the big screen. The audience cheered at pretty much everything Elvis did in JHR-- "That ain't tactics, honey. It's just the beast in me".
Dracula (Langella version). Local old luxury theatre at that time played older movies and I loved anything Dracula related. This played on a double bill with Company of Wolves.
Night of The Living Dead/Dawn of The Dead double feature. One of the FUNNEST nights ever at the cinema.
Creature From The Black Lagoon/It Came From Outer Space in 3D. Probably the closest I would ever get to experience what it was like to see a classic monster movie the in 50s. Great great night it was.
1987-The Living Daylights. First time catching a matinee by myself. I'd see it with my folks the next day and 7 times total. Tim was my hero.
1988- The Maltese Falcon/The Big Sleep double feature. As I was nearing the end of middle school I was hooked on Bogie. My Dad took me to see these the night before Thanksgiving.
1989- Licence To Kill- Fairly empty theatre for this 1:00 matinee opening day. There had been a blackout and looked like I might not see it that day at all. My first of 11 times in the cinema for this Bond.
1992- Bram Stoker's Dracula- Big group of us high schoolers caught a midnight showing the night it opened. The best night I ever had seeing a new highly anticipated film with a group of friends.
1997- Tomorrow Never Dies- while not my fave Broz at the time- it was a fun night seeing this with a large group. That whole day was a blast actually. remember pretty much every detail.
2012- Skyfall. As we all got past our 20s into our 30s it became more difficult to arrange a gathering of friends to catch the new Bonds together. It was every other film by now. We did have a large group set for opening night..........however another friend of mine had secured passes to a press screening a couple days before. This particular screening was a lot of fun. We grabbed seats in the back and film critic Michael Medved sat directly in front of me. The other critics were making a ton of noise rustling paper taking notes.
Aside from the effing gunbarrel- I felt this was hands down living up to it's hype. A great Craig entry!
The Big Sleep is one of my all time favourites! Saw it on the big screen for its 50th anniversary release in 96 and got a fine, classy big sleep poster hanging framed in my house from the time.
I love The Big Sleep! Probably my favorite Bogart film.
It was a truly moving experience that stayed with me for days afterwards and caused me to question my existence and place in the universe. A stunning film visually and aurally which was uplifting & disheartening in equal measures. At its core, this is an intimate father daughter story, but it's told against the backdrop of the infinite cosmos itself.
As a result of viewing it, my eyes were opened to the importance of time and how limited & precious it is for everyone.
If they show it in a theatre again near me I will definitely revisit it on the big screen which is how it must be seen.