In my view

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I love films - I’d even go so far as to call it a (healthy) obsession.

I spend a lot of my free time watching films, reading about films and more often than not working on some ridiculous project or other.

But cinemas don’t half kill the buzz. I don’t mind paying the ticket price (see my rant a few weeks ago about people downloading things for free for full details) but this “grand cinema experience” they proclaim to offer always seems to fall a little flat. By that I’m meaning the huge multiplex things with 10 screens in them where you can hear the film next door and the person next to you inhaling popcorn.

Independent cinemas with just one, or even a couple of screens, are few and far between these days, but when you do find one, oh what a gem they can be.

Most of the films shown at these cinemas are not the ones you would be seeing at the chain-name behemoths and an awful lot of people seem to turn their nose up at them saying it’s “arty farty nonsense”, or show them a subtitle and see how fast they run.

So I guess this is my way of saying give the smaller guys a chance.

Go see the blockbusters by all means (can I plug ‘Looper’ here, by the way? It’s my film of 2012) but if you do find a wee independent cinema showing something you wouldn’t normally dream of - give it a shot. It might open up a whole new world for you.