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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I go to the movies, I've encountered the following:

A) People laughing loudly at parts of the film that really aren't that funny

B) People using their cell phones to text or to talk. the bright light really
is distracting.

C) Talking out of turn

D) Kicking the back of my chair

E) Talking through the whole thing.

F) Making wisecracks throughout the whole film.

G) People who're drunk off of their butts and being totally obnoxious.

Some examples I can name are as follows:

Not long ago, when my sister-in-law and I went to see an evening screening of West Side Story at the Brattle Theatre, a woman in the row just in back of us was giggling hysterically during the whole Overture part. Neither she or her comrades spoke any English, but her comrades finally told her to shut up, which made things far, far better.

Another time when my family and I went to see the movie The Harder They Come, at the now-defunct Orson Welles Cinema, there was a group of people sitting in the back of the theatre, who, very obviously stoned, were laughing hysterically at all the sadistic parts of the film. Rather unnerving, to boot.

People who come, and sit right in front of you, even though they're much taller, whether there are other places in the theatre or not.

When I attended a midnight show of The Warriors at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, most of the audience was drunk off of their butts, which, in itself, didn't present any big nuisance. However, there was one woman just in back of me who was clearly rip-roaring drunk, who kept kickng the back of my chair. Finally, I told her not to do it anymore, and she stopped. Whew!

One of the things I often notice, however, is that when one attends a movie at a movie palace of a theatre, there's considerably less of those kind of annoying people who go there. I think that those multiplex cinemas that've replaced most of the movie theatre palaces tend to attract ruder, noisier crowds, at least in part because of the kind of movies that these newer, more antiseptic-looking multiplex cinemas often play, and because they attract people who know little or nothing about movie etiquette, or about being considerate of others who come to the movies and don't wish to be distracted. Perhaps if the people who ushered in the theatres, and management got tougher on such people, things would be better. Unfortunately, rudeness and incivility is the order of the day.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Admit it WSSLover,

You did not see The Harder They Come or The Warriors. All of those experiences were at screenings of West Side Story. 'fess up. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:27 am    Post subject: C'mon now, Jason Whyte!! Reply with quote

Jason Whyte wrote:
Admit it WSSLover,

You did not see The Harder They Come or The Warriors. All of those experiences were at screenings of West Side Story. 'fess up. Smile


I'm being truthful here: Just because West Side Story is my alltime favorite movie, I've seen it many times, and I enjoy writing and talking about it
DOES NOT mean that I've never, ever gone to see other films and liked other films in addition to West Side Story. So, that having been said, YES, I did see "Harder They Come" when it was out, which I liked, and "The Warriors", which I've seen several times. So there!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gotta bring this thread back up, as hoo boy do I have a new story for all of you.

A friend I went to a matinee screening of "Wall-E" today. Yes, I know, it's January 2009 and I own the Blu Ray disc, but our university has a nice rep cinema that I have some free passes to, so we decided to go check out a 35mm print of the flick at a 12:30 matinee today. The theater was pretty full and had a very diverse crowd. Families, seniors, students, adults by themselves; nearly all the demographics were covered.

A family of three; a dad and two kids sit down the row from me. As the lights went down and the film started, this mouth-breathing nutjob of a kid was commenting on the film at an insanely loud volume. On everything. The short "Presto" was on before and the kid was laughing so loud my ears started to ring. I was annoyed. "Hahaha, that bunny electrocuted that guy! He's so stupid!" People around the kid started to groan and turn their heads.

"Wall-E" begins, the Disney logo comes up, then the Pixar logo hits the screen and the kid pipes up again "Hey it's the Pixar lamp thing, I love it when it bounces like that". I had enough. "Would you PLEASE be quiet, please?" I said "please" twice because I was incredibly annoyed but wanted to be polite. And then the kid's dad turns to me and says, and I quote:

"It's a kid's movie. You're just going to have to deal with it, buddy."

"No, I DON'T have to deal with it, buddy," I responded immediately. "No talking during the movie, PLEASE" to which nothing was said in response after that. The kid did manage to keep it down for most of the film, although still made idiotic comments at some points in the film, out loud, for everyone in the audience to hear.

But good lord, there are so many things wrong with that above statement that I have no idea where to begin. First off, "Wall-E" is not just a movie for kids. It's #2 on my list of the year's best films, has won incredible criticial acclaim and has appealed as much to adults as much as kids. Why would a 29 year old (me) and my 32 year old friend be there otherwise? This is a film for everyone, I'm sure you agree.

Second, so you're saying it's okay for your kid to talk out loud during a movie. That it's okay for the kid to disturb others in the theater -- I wasn't the only one annoyed as my friend also shushed him and others were visibly annoyed -- and disrupt everyone's enjoyment by making comments OUT LOUD IN A THEATER WHILE A MOVIE IS PLAYING.

Thirdly, that we're not welcome to attend a public screening of the film because it's screening at 12:30 (and that was the only screening of the film during the day). And that I'm going to have to "deal with it" because of it? Why did the man lip me off instead of thinking "Hmm, maybe my kid shouldn't be talking out loud during the film? Maybe he's right?"???

Seriously, when did the manners go? Why do kids get to misbehave? This reminds me when I went to a screening of the 3-D of "Bolt" back in November and had my screening ruined by kids running freely around the theater, at least six phones going off and kids yelling out comments at the screen at full volume. I just don't get it. I remember as a kid I sat in the theater and watched the movie and didn't talk through it. I loved movies and theaters and these were the rules. What happened?

Anyways, ranting over. Thanks for listening. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VHS and DVD happened - movies went from being something seen at a specialized place that has its own rules and expectations to something seen in one's living room. As such, people at the movies now behave like they're in their living rooms.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus what if you had a kid with you who wanted to watch the film without having it ruined by some airhorn-voiced spawn nearby? Would the "it's a kid's movie, buddy" defense still stand?

This is why I try to catch late showings of movies marketed primarily to kids (though I realize in this case you didn't have that choice).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My kid doesn't even like it when I laugh too loud. He wants complete silence and complete focus - a serious film-goer in the making.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason, the best thing to do is repeat exactly what the noisemaker's doing. I had this total idiotic woman during Casino Royale say "ouch" every damn time Bond got hit or kicked. I didn't care that her husband was right next to her -- I moved 4 seats over where I was directly behind her, and kept saying "ouch" and "ouch" and "ouch" low enough not to disturb those around her. She quit doing it ASAP.

Honest to goodness it's just too infuriating to put myself through this, which is why I don't attend movie theatres anymore, unfortunately.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JaySeaver wrote:
VHS and DVD happened - movies went from being something seen at a specialized place that has its own rules and expectations to something seen in one's living room. As such, people at the movies now behave like they're in their living rooms.


I don't go for this argument - people were clueless dicks before home video, and they're clueless dicks after it.

As for the "kids movie" excuse - as the parent of a very well-behaved daughter (who learned very young that movie theater = shhh; she'll shush others if need be), I'm dismayed every time I encounter a dumbass parent with dumbass children. I've found that many parents actually encourage loud behavior from their kids, asking "Who's that?" and "Isn't that funny?" in order to keep them interested. Often, the parents are just as rude on their own, which means they're to blame far more than what they pass off as "kids being kids". And they deserved every yelling-at and talking-to they get.
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I recently heard from a friend who was sending a missive to everyone he could begging smart people to procreate. For some reason, this makes me think of that.
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natasha_theobald wrote:
I recently heard from a friend who was sending a missive to everyone he could begging smart people to procreate. For some reason, this makes me think of that.


There was a time when reading wasn't just for fags. And neither was writing. People wrote books and movies. Movies with stories, that made you care about whose ass it was and why it was farting.
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