Born in 1874 by a group of young artists in Paris who were exasperated by the recurring rejection of their works from the official Salon, Impressionism was controversially perceived with intense humiliation in its fledgling days. Thirty disaffected painters, pioneered by Claude Monet, decided to independently organise their own exhibition so as to display their novel ideals on art to the general public. Their work was greeted with both curiosity and scepticism by the public and utter disdain from the popular press. As the bullseye of the scrutiny, Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise (c.1872) sparkled a mocking critic with a name for the group that stuck: "Impressionists".
Looking back at the cinema history, it’s easy to sneer at sequels as just mediocre cash cows to successful films, however, there’s still several sophomore features that manage to equal, or even overshadow their predecessors’ excellence. James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day stands out as a vivid example. It inherits the legacy of the iconic original movie, telling a story of a catastrophic future occupied by androids eradicating the human race, but in a more fascinating and powerful delivery.
For many people, the need to go to the cinema is directly associated with the need to get-out-of-home. Although our confined bedroom is fairly comfortable most of the time, there will always be days when it seems quite suffocating, leaving us crave for another cozy space to revive the spirit. And yes, while talking about “cozy space”, it is impossible not to think about couples. In fact, movie theatre has become a signature "shooting location" in the romance genre. Several vivid examples to be mentioned are: the conscientiously intimate finger touch between Sebastian and Mia at Rialto on their first date (La La Land); or a little further, the tears that Tom Hansen could not understand why from Summer when they watch “The Graduate” on their 290th dating day (500 Days of Summer). Cinema, considered as a symbol of pop culture, after more than one hundred years of appearance, is still a classic dating haven which can’t be ignored by any couples. Of course, romantic movies are just one case ("Taxi Driver" by Martin Scorsese also has quite a few cinema scenes, but I don't consider them romantic).