One of my favourite things to do is see movies alone. Sometimes people look at me funny when I say that, because going to a movie is supposed to be a social event, I guess. But when you think about it, you’re just sitting silently in a dark theatre, so you really don’t need to be with other people you know. Don’t get me wrong — I am totally cool with having company for movies, too. But every once in a while I like to sneak off and treat myself to a solo show. I always try to scatter my stuff over a couple of seats so that no one sits next to me, and slouch down in my chair, stretching my legs out over the back of the seat in front of me. Horrible for the posture, but I don’t care. It’s so fun! I get a bag of gummy bears and a huge Coke and I’m in sugar heaven.
The first movie I went to see alone was a documentary called ‘Riding Giants’. It was directed by former pro skateboarder Stacy Peralta (who also directed the excellent ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’ and also randomly had a small role in Real Genius). ‘Riding Giants’ is about the origins of big wave surfing and it is an absolutely amazing movie. The day I went to see it was a weird day for me. It would have been my one-year wedding anniversary with my ex-husband, if we had stayed married. It wasn’t a sad day, exactly, because there were good reasons why we broke up. But it was a solemn day, and I wanted to be alone, but also somewhat distracted. I wanted to hang out by myself, and enjoy the freedom of my own company.
It turns out that ‘Riding Giants’ was the ideal movie to see that day. There is such a spiritual side to surfing, and this documentary captures it perfectly. Sitting alone in the dark theatre, I was taken along on a metaphysical journey. Witnessing the sometimes transcendental connection with the universe that these surfers experience had, in turn, a profound effect on me, and I left the theatre that day with a feeling of serenity about the world and my place within it.
If you’re ever contemplating seeing a movie alone, do it! I promise, it is awesome.
And if you haven’t seen ‘Riding Giants’, go watch it now!