Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Coming out of "Ice Age 2" with a six-year-old after nightfall

Often when I leave the cinema after a movie, everything looks for a while like the movie's visual world. The effect is strongest when I go in while it's still light outside and the movie ends after nightfall. In spring 2006, when my six-year-old son Miles and I went to see "Ice Age 2", we came out after dark, and I noticed that effect in myself again – and Miles seemed disoriented. First he said he had to go back into the cinema to make sure it was empty, and later, when he was in bed, he described how the movie was still playing in his mind whenever he closed his eyes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 15 June 2021)

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