One of the most frustrating things about being the parent of very small children is the loss – sometimes entirely – of any kind of cultural life. And we mourn our carefree movie-watching days more than anything else – being able to wander into Curzon Soho or Mayfair on lazy Sundays and take our pick of the latest releases was one of the great joys of pre-baby life. But there is a solution (and it’s not just for parents). Earlier this summer Curzon introduced Curzon Home Cinema where you can select current releases as well as a back catalogue of great independent films anytime, at home. The British Film Institute has its own on demand offering too with BFI Player.
Since finding them both, we’ve caught up on lots of films that we have missed over the past few months, including Fei Mu’s recently re-released Spring in a Small Town – a mesmerising Chinese movie that has influenced numerous film-makers. The Curzon has edited film seasons too – currently there’s a foodie season including the 2012 El Bulli and Ritesh Batra’s charming comedy The Lunchbox. It’s ridiculously easy to use, the same price or much less than going to the cinema in some cases, and once you’re registered it takes only a couple of seconds to pay and start watching your film. Not all new releases are available – but certainly enough to fill the cultural void. There’s also no danger of sitting next to noisy popcorn munchers – although you’ll need to stock up on some mini ice-cream pots if you want the full cinematic experience. Happy watching.