New bad habit, anyone else doing this?

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  1. Robert Wainwright

    Robert Wainwright Stunt Coordinator

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    Because my work responsibilities have increased the past two years, my movie time has been trimmed down.

    Now I find myself watching parts of movies rather the an entire film. Usually it's the heavy impact stuff -
    The lobby shoot out in The Matrix
    The crane chase in T3
    Asteriod scenes in SW E2 and E5.

    The list goes on and on. I realize now that I'm slighting myself by not watching an entire film for the payoff scenes (such as Sixth Sense). But I just don't have time lately. Before anyone thinks I'm completely crazy, I'm only doing this on films that I've seen before.

    Anyone else have this "bad" habit?
     
  2. Mike Wadkins

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    i do it with hidef stuff and hi action moments on dvd's always have since laserdisc
     
  3. Jon Martin

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    I wouldn't call it a bad habit. I rarely watch a film I've seen once a second time all the way through, without hitting the FF button. Wish I had time, but I don't.

    Now a bad habit is what I have. With some movies, if I find myself not getting too involved in it, I will turn on the subtitles and turn on the X2 fastforward, so I can hear the soundtrack, speed read the dialogue and see the film. Now this is mainly for films I wouldn't watch all the way through, but it is definitely a bad habit.

    But it saves time. I managed to watch RETURN OF THE KING in 90 minutes as opposed to the 3 hours, which I never would have survived through (sorry, I'm not a fan of those films)
     
  4. John Hodson

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    The only section of any movie that I do this time and again with is the 'Ecstacy of Gold' sequence from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - I just can't help it, it's such a wonderful scene.
     
  5. Lev-S

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    Hello, my name is Lev, and I have a problem. I too am a scene jumper. [​IMG]
     
  6. WilliamG

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    I did the same thing this afternoon. I just re-calibrated my system (the subject in another area of HTF), and found myself popping in Monsters, Inc. just to watch the fabulous ultra-low bass scenes with the "power surge". I skipped all OVER that movie to the end!
    I fought the urge to run the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, though; it WAS Sunday afternoon, and the neighbors were sleeping.[​IMG]

    There's not enough time in the day, I tell ya!
     
  7. RyanYYZ

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    I do this all the time... I actually get "cravings" for a certain scene of a film and will throw it in - I'll even do this with several films in a row.
     
  8. Rocky F

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    I do it often myself, just because I rarely have time to watch a whole movie, but I'll just get an urge to check out a few scenes.
     
  9. Scott_J

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    I do this all the time with comedies to watch the funniest parts. Obviously a movie like Kentucky Fried Movie which is made up of a bunch of individual skits is perfect for that. And on South Park: BLU, I frequently listen to just the songs and rarely watch the movie.
     
  10. TonyD

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    this is exactly what i do.
    mostly when i have taken something out from blockbuster and i know i dont have time before it needs to get back.

    oddly enough i was going to make a thread about this too.
     
  11. MikeEckman

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    I like to fall asleep to movies, so when its time for bed, I just throw in a movie and let it stay on til I fall asleep, so I end up having a huge pile of DVDs that I only watch the first 20-40 minutes of. Of course, I only do this to movies I've already seen.
     
  12. DonRoeber

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    I also get cravings for films that are satisified without watching the whole thing. I recently popped in Amelie, and didn't need to watch the whole thing inorder for it to lift my spirits.
     
  13. Stephen J*

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    There are parts of several discs I own (Saving Private Ryan, Attack of the Clones, Empire Strikes Bact, The Hunger, etc) that would be worn out if they were tapes!
     
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    The final shoot out in The Wild Bunch, from the point just before the Bunch is walking down the street towards the General.
     
  15. Thomas T

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    Nope, never. If I don't have time to finish the film I just note where I am (34 minutes, 17 seconds), scratch it down on a piece of paper and return to the film when it's convenient. even if it takes 3 or 4 days.
     
  16. GeorgePaul

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    Same here, John--I actually saw a few minutes of a TV version of this movie that CUT OUT the sequence entirely, if you can believe that!!! [​IMG]

    I love to watch Superman just for the opening and end credits and rescue sequence, many times...they give me goosebumps!
     
  17. Dom

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    Just for the two lesbo scenes in Mulholland Drive.
     
  18. Chris Roberts

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    I always watch all or nothing. If I don't like a movie enough to enjoy the whole thing then I don't care to own it. I can borrow someone else's or rent a movie if all I'm interested in is one scene.
     
  19. Craig S

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    I don't think this is a bad habit - it's one of the joys of having a personal film collection on DVD. I can't tell you how many times I've watched:
    • The final 20 minutes of E.T. (bicycle chase to end)
    • "Jupiter & Beyond The Infinite" from 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • The rise of the mothership from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
    • The opening sequence from Toy Story 2
    • The "Firebird" sequence from Fantasia 2000
    • The Mines of Moria sequence from The Fellowship Of The Ring
    etc., etc. I do the same thing with favorite passages in books and favorite cuts from CDs.
    The Hunger has only been out a few weeks and you've already worn "that part" out?? Hmmmmm.... [​IMG]
     
  20. JayF

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    I do it from time to time when I get home from a late night at the office and know I just don't have time to watch a whole movie. I try not to though. This is exactly why David Lynch opposes chapter stops on his movies.
     

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