Deb Parmenter

The first movie I remember seeing at the cinema was ET the extra terrestrial. I just suspect all my Mum really needed was something to occupy me and my older sister on what was probably a cold and miserable day, but boy what an experience and what an amazing film.  Although only 5 years old something happened that day, sure I knew it was just a story a work of fiction but it pulled me in, I was there, lost in a fantasy world escaped from reality and loving it. This trip went down in Martin family history with many a repeated tale about how inconsolable I was at the end when ET went home, but to think a film could have such an impact on me, even then, still amazes me.

I was lucky enough to be taken to the local ABC cinema a fair bit in my childhood, I guess again helped by the fact my Mum quite liked the cinema to. I just enjoyed the whole experience, buying your tickets in the foyer, finding a seat and watching a few adverts and trailers and sitting back to enjoy, so very uncomplicated.

I can’t remember everything I saw back then but a few favourites spring to mind,Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Short Circuit, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and My Little Pony The Movie (I didn’t say they were all great).

As a family we were pretty late to the video party but once it happen trips to rent the new releases took over trips to the cinema. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up watching Police Academy (the only film we owned) just because I could

A lot happened in between but fast forward a few years when my friend Louisa convinced me to get an Unlimited Card for Cineworld. Over time this has saved me a load of money and given me the opportunity to see things that otherwise would pass me by

In 2004 I met the biggest love of my life, Mark, although it’s by no means the only thing we have in common we certainly do share a passion for film. Our second and third dates were at the cinema and it was right then I knew he was a keeper.

We’ve been so many times since I’ve lost count and usually aim to see at least three films a month. Personally our life together has had a few bumps in the road but going to the cinema has remained a constant, a much needed escape from reality, a welcome distraction, something to make us feel better, to lift our spirits or an excuse to have a good cry. I still get so much from going to the cinema I doubt I’ll ever stop.  

This part is the new challenge I’m not sure if I would class my ramblings as reviews but when Lee asked if I fancied contributing to the site I thought I’d give it a shot what have I got to lose. Whether they are read or not, I’ll just get enjoyment from writing them.