It’s that time of year again — the holiday season. Many of us are doing a lot of shopping, gathering with friends and family, and going to the movies. After all, so many good movies come out in December! Interwoven among the television commercials for toys and gifts are ads for all the upcoming films — movies for the whole family, dramas, and a myriad of other big-budget films.
Aside from being a few hours of fun with friends and family, watching films can also be a form of therapy. Apart from the obvious — escaping our own lives and problems for a short time — there are many documented benefits to watching movies. In fact, it even has a name: cinema therapy.
While cinema therapy is a “real thing” sometimes prescribed by therapists, it is often self-administered. Being aware that movies can change the way we think, feel, and ultimately deal with life’s ups and downs can make watching them invaluable.
Gary Solomon Ph.D., MPH, MSW, the author of two books on cinema therapy, says the idea is to choose movies with themes that mirror your current problems or situation. For example, if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you might want to watch Clean and Sober or When a Man Loves a Woman. If you are coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one, one of the many movies dealing with these issues might be helpful.
How can watching movies that mirror our own struggles or experiences help us?
Some ways include:
Watching movies encourages emotional release. Even those who often have trouble expressing their emotions might find themselves laughing or crying during a film. This release of emotions can have a cathartic effect and also make it easier for a person to become more comfortable in expressing their emotions. This can be invaluable during counseling as well as in “real life.”
Sad films can make us happier. While it might seem counter-intuitive, I think many of us can relate to this. I know that after I watch a particularly sad or distressing film, I feel thankful for my own life and my “smaller” problems in comparison. Others’ tragedies make us more appreciative of everything good in our own lives.
Watching movies can help us make sense of our own lives. For thousands of years, knowledge and wisdom have been passed down through the art of story-telling. Stories offer us different perspectives and help us understand and make sense of the world. And movies are stories.
As mentioned in the second paragraph of this post, movies give us a break from whatever is currently bothering us. We are transported to a different time and place and can just focus on the present moment for a short time. This gives our brains a much-needed rest from “the usual.”
Movies bring us a sense of relief, even if they stress us out first. Watching something suspenseful releases cortisol (the stress hormone) in the brain, followed by dopamine, which produces feelings of pleasure.
Going out to a movie theater is not for everyone. Some of us struggle with sensory issues or being in crowds. And others just prefer to watch movies at home, on the couch and in their pajamas. The good news is it doesn’t matter if you’re watching Netflix at home or sitting in a crowded theater. The results are the same — watching movies is good for us.
What is your most anticipated film of 2021?
Audiences have already been invited to check out such long-awaited efforts as Black Widow and A Quiet Place: Part II and there’s plenty more where those came from.
Hell, we may even finally see No Time to Die this year! Can you believe it?
The likes of Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home and more have enticed millions with the promise of unforgettable spectacle. However, it’s not all high-concept superhero cinema and fantasy we have to look forward to.
Fans of a good romantic drama are no doubt counting down the days until the latest installment of the After film franchise.
The first installment – After – premiered back in 2019 and was followed with After We Collided, directed by Roger Kumble. Since then, many have been keen to reunite with Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Joesphine Langford’s Tessa and Hardin.
So, let’s consider where to watch After 3 Streaming when the release date rolls around…
WHERE TO WATCH AFTER WE FELL: WILL IT BE IN CINEMAS OR STREAMING?
After We Collided is scheduled to be released in US theaters on Thursday, September 30th 2021.
As of yet, no US streaming information has been confirmed, so cinemas are the place to be if you’re eager to see it upon initial release. Be sure to check on the website of your local multiplex for screenings closer to the time.
In the UK, on the other hand, no release date has been clarified. However, unlike in the US, it will be going straight to Amazon Prime Video. It’s likely that a date will be confirmed soon now that the film has begun premiering.
Back in April, the official After We Fell Film Twitter page added a poster with a list of premiere dates; the first on the list is Italy on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.
Although, it’s worth mentioning that they added: “Due to COVID guidelines some dates may change. For those countries that are listed as TBA, our local partners are still planning, we know it’s hard, but please be patient!”
With this in mind, some of the dates may have been altered since.