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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   Robert Wainwright

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Posted November 14 2004 - 05:49 AM

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?
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#2 of 36 OFFLINE   Mike Wadkins

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Posted November 14 2004 - 05:51 AM

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

#3 of 36 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted November 14 2004 - 07:24 AM

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 of 36 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted November 14 2004 - 07:42 AM

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.
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#5 of 36 OFFLINE   Lev-S


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Posted November 14 2004 - 11:33 AM

Hello, my name is Lev, and I have a problem. I too am a scene jumper. Posted Image

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#6 of 36 OFFLINE   WilliamG


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Posted November 14 2004 - 01:10 PM

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.Posted Image

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Posted November 14 2004 - 01:25 PM

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 of 36 OFFLINE   Rocky F

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Posted November 14 2004 - 02:21 PM

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.

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Posted November 14 2004 - 03:19 PM

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.

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Posted November 14 2004 - 05:12 PM

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.

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Posted November 15 2004 - 03:12 AM

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.
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#12 of 36 OFFLINE   DonRoeber



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Posted November 15 2004 - 05:51 AM

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.
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#13 of 36 OFFLINE   Stephen J*

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Posted November 15 2004 - 06:32 AM

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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Posted November 15 2004 - 07:56 AM

The final shoot out in The Wild Bunch, from the point just before the Bunch is walking down the street towards the General.

#15 of 36 OFFLINE   Thomas T

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Posted November 15 2004 - 08:11 AM

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.

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Posted November 15 2004 - 08:27 AM

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!!! Posted Image

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Posted November 15 2004 - 08:30 AM

Just for the two lesbo scenes in Mulholland Drive.

#18 of 36 OFFLINE   Chris Roberts

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Posted November 15 2004 - 08:47 AM

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 of 36 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted November 15 2004 - 09:03 AM

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.... Posted Image
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Posted November 15 2004 - 09:35 AM

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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