Dear Santa! – My film wish list for Christmas (2012 edition)
It’s Jessica writing again. Do you remember me? I wrote to you about this time last year, sending you my film wish list for Christmas.
It looked like this:
- A working business model so that people can keep making different sorts of movies, making a living on it in years to come. Something that would get people going to the independent theatre in my city, something that would grant us a greater variety than the sequels and remakes dominating the box office list.
- More women in the director’s chairs.
- 3D that makes movies better, not worse
- Freedom to make film for everyone, including Jafar Panahi and other filmmakers who are in jail or risk to get there for wanting to exercise their freedom of speech.
I had great confidence in you and considering that I had been a good cinephile, keeping quiet at the theatre and never downloading anything illegally, I thought you would grant at least one of my wishes. But alas – that didn’t happen and frankly I’m a little bit disappointed with you.
Perhaps I overrated your abilities? Perhaps I hadn’t lived up to your standards after all and the blame is on me? In any case I guess we should put this behind us and make a new try this year.
Seeing how hard it was for you to help me out, I’ll settle for something smaller. This year I will make a very short list.
My wish list for 2012:
1. A noise- and smell-free snack to replace the popcorn
Seriously, the popcorn issue is growing on me. I can’t stand the smell, I can’t stand the rattling sound of it and – above all – I can’t stand that it’s all over the floor, since the theatre staff don’t have time to clean the room between the screenings.
I can’t take it anymore. Get rid of it! Come up with a solution, Santa!
If people necessarily have to eat, give them something else. Small bowls of fruit salad? Chewing gum? Just as long as it doesn’t smell, sound or inexplicably jump to the floor, I’m fine.
2. Spoiler-free trailers
Santa, I don’t know what’s up with those people in the marketing department, but they seem to be pretty clueless about how to make trailers. The idea of trailers is that they should raise your interest in watching a certain movie. They are not supposed to be a Reader’s Digest summary, revealing everything.
My reserve option
So, that’s my wishing list for this year. Just two items. I hope you can work it out somehow, Santa.
But with the experience from last year, I’ll also ask for something more tangible, in case the major wishes turn out to be too hard to grant. I would love, love, love to get a Moon poster, preferably one that is signed by Duncan Jones. It’s such a brilliant movie and a beautiful poster that I’d really love to put on my wall.
I know you’re going to have a busy time this month, but don’t forget to have a break once in a while. Just take off the costume for a couple of hours, slip into the theatre incognito and watch a movie. A hint: The Hobbit is soon about to open. I bet you’ll get along well with Gandalf.
And if you feel like it, I’d love to see you here in the café for a drink afterwards.