What a year.
More than anything else, we will remember 2011 as the year we almost lost cinema.
No thanks to the temporary halt of film import that went on for 5 months (how did we even survive, I wonder?), we almost lost the joy or even the idea of cinema-going experience itself.
Suddenly the term filmgoing experience itself finally acknowledged the idea of going to pirated DVDs shops, something we have been exposed to all along, but not until this year public acknowledgment of such could be said without shame.
The overview of the situation has been written in The Jakarta Globe as part of its kaleidoscope series, by yours truly.
What’s written here is a recollection of how a common filmgoer like me spent his time in movies this year.
I was simply trying to make do of what was left in cinemas, and guess what?
There were unexpected joys to find, thanks to those who still believed in the power of cinema and its audiences, bringing films from different parts of the world, unlikely programming that amused my thirst of quality cinema, and occasionally bad films that, nevertheless, made me smile.
Here they are, my choices for filmgoing experiences of 2011: