In a sort of continuation of the Event Films post from a while back, this time a post dealing with all kinds of films...
This is a question for everyone, but especially for those readers of mine who have been to film festivals, or at least people who either occasionally, sometimes, regularly or frequently see more than one film in a cinema in a day, as I am about to do today in San Francisco at the Opera Plaza Cinema on Van Ness Avenue (practically right next to the opera house and symphony hall, for those wondering about its name).
I'm seeing OSS 117: Cairo--Nest of Spies and Alexandra today, with approximately an hour-long break in-between.
Any rituals? Alimental or otherwise? I'm packing a fine turkey sandwich made at a North Bay deli, which I can eat in the car, partly before the first film and then later finish it during the break.
In terms of mindset, I always lean towards seeing what I suspect to be the "lighter" film first and then see the heavier one.
I know at film festivals this kind of "planning" is not typically possible, but what about just average theatrical adventures? Including just seeing a single film? Please don't tell me you're the person who shows up just as the film is beginning with a giant tub of popcorn and audibly munch while annoyingly looking at your bright cellphone every three minutes.
I suppose the point is, if a cinema is an artistic cathedral, how do you get ready to go to church and what do you do when you get there?
You won't see me distract you at a cinema with a cellphone. Proud to say I don't own one!