Dendy Cinemas Retro Screenings: A must do for Aussie movie lovers

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Dendy Cinemas are screening retro classics across all their locations!

Are you unimpressed with modern movies? Sick of predictable rom-coms featuring that currently hot young actor or actress? Are you looking forward to another one of those comic book movies? (actually I am, but I’m trying to make a point). Do you long for the days when not everything was a remake, reboot, sequel, side-quel, spin-off? Or an unashamed cash in of a popular IP (looking at you Emoji movie). Well then, you should see what Dendy Cinemas has to offer!

Dendy Cinemas across the country are hosting screenings of some of your favourite cult and retro classics. For those suffering Superhero fatigue (again, not me) and longing for a little bit of nostalgia, you need to check this out.

Dear Sir, you are not acting in a professional manner – Source: Miramax

Not only are they screening some great movies, but in order to enhance your viewing experience, they’re pairing these films with themed food, drink and other special features.

Last night, I attended a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs at Dendy Cinemas Canberra. With the movie ticket, I got a beer and a hot dog. It took me a while to figure out the relevance between the movie and the food (I’m not a deep thinker).

This experience is quite reasonably priced too. A movie, hot dog and beer will set you back $18 ($15 for Club Dendy members). The beer alone would have cost you at least $8 in that part of town! And considering my last family trip to the movies cost me about $100 (to see Despicable Me 3, I didn’t take the kids to Reservoir Dogs), I consider Dendy’s retro night very good value.

Dendy Cinemas are filling a gap in the Australian cinematic landscape.

You probably own most of your favourite old movies on DVD or Blu-Ray by now. I definitely do (I have three copies of Conan the Barbarian on DVD for some reason). You also probably have at least one of the many streaming services overwhelming you with content to consume.

But it’s easy to forget that these films were originally made for the big screen. And if you’re like me (a thirty something, balding old man with an exponentially slowing metabolism), you too were too young to see the best that 80s and 90s cinema had to offer. You had to wait until you aged up slightly until your parents could rent them from Video Ezy (oh, I miss that place).

Obviously, I didn’t see Reservoir Dogs in cinemas as an eight year old in 1992. In fact, I don’t think I saw it until after Pulp Fiction had already become a big hit much later in the 90s. And while I could quote you most of the lines from the film, I couldn’t describe much about the style of the cinematography, or even particularly well shot scenes.

Old School Movies doesn’t mean old school comfort – Source: Dendy

That changed last night for me. Seeing Reservoir Dogs on the big screen was like seeing it again for the first time. Tarantino’s first directed film is actually pretty well shot. And you can see how this style has carried through to his later films.

Watching last night, I was struck by how similar this film was to his latest entry The Hateful Eight. I’m talking stylistically. Both films were sort of a locked room style mystery.

Bigger screen, broader perspective

Having recently traveled to Los Angeles (in fact, I watched The Hateful Eight at QT’s own cinema), I found myself noticing more of the geography of the city on the big screen than ever before.

Again, Reservoir Dogs isn’t well known for portraying the home of American Cinema in an especially beautiful way. But LA itself is a major character in the film and it was cool to be able to take more notice of it on the big screen.

Even without the hot dog and beer gimmicks (I’ll still take them), the ability to catch these films in the cinema, and see them in a new light, is why I’ll keep turning back up to Dendy Cinemas.

We need more of this – at least I want more of this. The recent release of Terminator 2 4K and 3D was great. And I’m up for any digital remastering of my favourite movies. But not every old movie is going to get the T2 4K 3D treatment (and many shouldn’t).

If more cinemas could jump on this retro cinema bandwagon, we’d all have many more movie options. Which is never a bad thing.

Dendy Cinemas are hosting retro events like this monthly. Next month (28th of August) they have another great pick, The Princess Bride. This time, it’s a quote-a-long. And for the same admission price, you get a beer and complimentary quote sheet (…but who needs that).

If that doesn’t float your boat (get away from me…jokes), there’s plenty more similar events to check out.

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