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Discussion in 'Movies' started by Deborah*T, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. Deborah*T

    Deborah*T Active Member

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    Apologies if this thread has been done a thousand times before. Did a search but nothing there [​IMG]
    Anyhow: the cinemas. Am I just an turning into a grumpy old woman or does NOBODY know how to sit through a film at the cinemas anymore?!
    The last movie I went to see at the cinemas was LOTR: The Two Towers. The cinema was pretty busy and to add to my viewing pleasure I had:
    At least 10 giggling schoolgirls
    A couple behind me that seemed to be explaining various bits of the film to each other
    Someone behind me with a really bad cough (if you are THAT ill stay at home!)
    Someone's mobile going off (there are TWO announcements to switch off before the film starts)
    I was discussing this with a friend of mine, and he said he hardly ever goes to the cinemas (he works in one as well) anymore. Instead he is now quite happy to watch DVDs at home and go to our local independant cinema where people know how to behave through a film.
    Why can't people sit through a film? Ok, LOTR is a long movie but I have had similar experiences through every single film I have been to see at the cinemas recently.
    Phew. What a rant! I feel better now. [​IMG]
    Thoughts? Anyone?
    Deb
     
  2. Matt Stone

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    I agree completely (as I'm sure most will)...and as a result I always go to the first showing of the day if possible. It's usually at ~11:00, and generally there are about 2 other people in the theater. I find it a much more enjoyable experience.
     
  3. ChrisRC

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    It is for this reason, that I have not set foot inside a movie theater since.....drum roll please......

    Star Wars: Episode One!

    I am perfectly content waiting for everything to come out on DVD. These days, its usually not that long of a wait anyway. Now that we have children (recently), I am sure I will get dragged back sooner or later by one of the kids. Then its back to the styrofoam popcorn, and watered down drinks, the sticky floors, gum in the seats, vile bathrooms, along with those people that make us wonder how much inbreeding is going on in the northeast. Nah, I'll stay home.

    -ChrisRC

    P.S. Oh yeah, I forgot to add that I get the pleasure of waiting on a LINE to experience all of this.
     
  4. Edwin Pereyra

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    Oh, how I like it when certain theaters do not allow kids under 5 for PG-13 rated films and above. I wish more theaters would have that policy. As we all know there are those who use the theaters as a babysitting service.

    ~Edwin
     
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    For The Two Towers, I took the afternoon off work and went while the kids were still in school. It was great...the theater was only half full and they all behaved!
     
  6. Jason Seaver

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    Geez, has it been two months since the last thread like this already?

    (Although at least it moves around: The last one was in Polls, and the one before that in HT Software...)
     
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    Jason, as long as people insist on behaving like the Clampetts when they go to the theater, there will always be a need for threads like this [​IMG]
    The last time I was in a theater, I spent just about as much time shushing people as I did actually enjoying the movie. Movies may be a communal experience, but when I think "communal" I think of the collective gasp we share when Gollum first appears on screen, or the tears spilt when Boromir falls. However, for the average moviegoer, "communal" seems to mean "letting everyone in the theater eavesdrop on my cell phone conversation" and "letting everyone listen in as I say hello to my buddy across the theater" [​IMG]
     
  8. TerryMott

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    I guess I'm lucky in this respect, because I completely zone in on a movie when I'm watching it. Unless someone is being REALLY loud and is close by, I just filter out everything else that's going on around me (this tends to annoy the wife when she's trying to talk to me while the TV is on[​IMG] ).
    But, there are others in our circle of movie-going friends that are not as good at filtering. As a result, we've developed the habit of sitting in the top/back row. That eliminates noise coming from behind, and when people are talking in front of us, their voices will normally be projected away from us. It seems to work fairly well.
    TM
     
  9. Matt Stone

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    Here is another thing that pisses me off. I went to see About Schmidt on Friday, and there were like 30 people who arrived around an hour into the film. Who the hell are these people?? What the hell are they doing showing up so late??
     
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    When I saw Episode II, the guy sitting next to me kept yelling "Bitchh! Bitch!" during the Yoda fight. Unfortunately, he was a friend who had with me to the movie. So I hit him.

    No one destroyed my Two Towers experience. Perhaps because I went to a midnight showing, so the audience was fellow enthusiasts.
     
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    Craig S wrote:
     
  13. Deborah*T

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    Not to worry, Deborah. Jason is our resident balloon-burster. [​IMG]
     
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    And I'd like to add I love reading a thread like this every now and then in the movies section, so I think it's definately welcome (and I've added my hand into many of the discussions before).

    Jason
     
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    I think another problem with theater audiences these days is that they are just too stupid to know what is supposed to be funny and what isn't. The worst example of this I can remember was when I went to see "About Schmidt." Spoiler below.


    When Warren comes home and finds his wife dead on the floor,


    PEOPLE LAUGHED!!! And not just a couple of dumb teenagers - it was literally dozens of people! HOW IN THE HELL IS THAT FUNNY?!

    I honestly fear for the future of this country.

    Eric
     
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    About 30 minutes before Star Trek: Nemesis ended, an old couple (probably in their late 40s, early 50s) came and sat down in the row right behind me, with a full bag of popcorn and drinks. I thought it was teenagers at first, but I guess anyone can be an idiot. I wasn't able to get a good look at them until the movie ended. So anyways, I'm pretty sure I heard the wife ask the husband, in basic form (because I don't want to give away anything, and yes, I know I can put it in spoiler tags), "What's going on?" WELL IF YOU HAD COME IN HERE WHEN THE MOVIE STARTED, MAYBE YOU COULD'VE FIGURED IT OUT, YOU FRIGGIN' !@&?#*$%!!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  18. Randall Dorr

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    For someone who obsesses about movies almost constantly, I rarely find myself at the theater. I didn't see Fellowship of the Ring until March, primarily because I wanted to avoid the crowds(they certainly would have dissipated after a month, but I had classes to worry about, etc.).
    When I saw In the Bedroom, I was thrilled to see mostly older people in the theater. (I was probably the only person under thirty.) Everyone was quite well behaved, except for one woman who had to say something at the key moment of the film.
    As Marisa Tomei is rushing down the stairs(right before we see Nick Stahl dead), we hear a gunshot. After the shot is heard, but before we see Stahl, this woman says to the man she's with, "Is somebody dead?" I wanted to scream in her face, "I THINK WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT IN TWO SECONDS, SO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!"

    To her credit, the woman was very quiet for the rest of the film, nor had she been very noisy before that. But why did she have to say something RIGHT THEN?
    But there is hope occasionally: I went to see The Two Towers on Dec. 31st. (Had a free ticket from the FOTR EE) The theater was about 80% full, but the people were very well behaved. It was a 2pm showing, and there were many kids and teenagers, but not a peep was heard. [​IMG] I had forgotten what it felt like to see a movie with a crowd. There is something to be had from communal excitement.
     
  19. Deborah*T

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    Randall said:

     
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