on the occasion of one of my favorite director’s birthday
happy alfred hitchcock day
“ideas come from everything.”
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going to a movie theater counts as a light workout.
count me in.
If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, your goal just got a lot easier.
Sitting through a film at the cinema could be considered light exercise, according to researchers at the University College London (UCL), who found that movie-goers often experienced heart rate increases equal to about 40 minutes of low-impact cardio.
The trip to the movie theater makes all the difference, scientists believe. Whereas film fans are easily distracted while watching at home, the unbroken concentration involved in seeing a movie at the cinema is the key to their finding.
“Cultural experiences like going to the cinema provide opportunities to devote our undivided attention for sustained periods of time,” writes UCL neuroscientist Joseph Devlin in the report. “In the cinema, however, there is nothing else you can do except immerse yourself.”
This means a movie night could be good for our minds, too.
“Our ability to work through problems without distraction makes us better able to solve problems and be productive,” he says.
The study, paid for by UK-based Vue Cinemas, observed 51 participants as they watched the 2019 live-action remake of “Aladdin,” with sensors tracking their heart rates and skin reactions during the film. Their results were compared to a group of 26 others who spent that same amount of time reading.
A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. The results showed that those who spent 40 minutes in a movie theater reached a “healthy heart zone,” with rates landing somewhere between 40% to 80% of its maximum rate — about 95 and 160 beats per minute for an average middle-aged adult. This level of heart activity could be compared to brisk walking or gardening, researchers say.
Study authors also noted that moviegoers’ heart beats began to synchronize during the film, which may contribute to “a positive effect on our overall social connectedness.”
“A shared social focus not only has a proven link to greater bonding and empathy with others,” they write, “but also has been proven to reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression.”
According to Devlin, this sort of prolonged concentration could be a boon to anyone, especially those who feel constantly distracted by smartphones, tablets and social media.
“In a world where it is increasingly difficult to step away from our devices, this level of sustained focus is good for us,” he writes.
‘cinema is a great binding force for a nation.’
credits: hannah sparks, ny post
on the day before thanksgiving
school was out
kids had energy to burn
so I borrowed the big car
to round everyone up
enjoy an afternoon with
four neighborhood friends
and a lot of smuggled-in candy
while settling into
at the local theater.
one tried pre-filling his Santa hat
to the top with treats
before we left his house
but the group voted and decided
it was unsteady, looked suspicious,
and would quickly reveal our scheme.
it’s all about teaching life skills.
“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,
or the acoustics,
but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”
and a few of our closest friends
sharing a big night in the big house.
“when we establish human connections within the context of shared
experience we create community wherever we go.”
― gina greenlee
in the midst of the polar vortex
a call goes out
a friend offers to drive us all to the movies
preston- holding down the fort at the theater
sells us popcorn, beverages, and tickets
menu offers a movie combo of cocktails and popcorn
the movie was great
the company was great
felt like we were skipping school
to just have a day of fun
we forgot about the polar vortex outside
we laughed and cried
we’ll never tell who chose which beverage:
coffee, tall soda, sippy-cup ‘o wine.
choose your own adventure.
everyone needs someone who will call them and say,
“get dressed, we’re going on an adventure.”
when my girls were young
we went on a matinee date
to see a dollar movie in 3d
everyone was so excited
the popcorn and sweet treats
the movie started
the cardboard 3d glasses
kept coming off
i finally used their barrettes
to attach them
right to their hair
greasy popcorn hands
made smears all over the lenses
sticky candy stuff
got on their hair
it got tangled
there were spills
the movie was bad
at least one started crying
no one could see
out of their magic glasses
a lot of
it was not
what we expected
but we had
3d action adventure
right in our little row
none the less
a heck of a lot of entertainment
for just a buck.
a mind that is stretched by a new experience
can never go back to its old dimensions.
– oliver wendell holmes, jr.
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