Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Movie Insights

Over the weekend I was able to pry my wife away from her work and finally get her to a movie. I splurged and took her to Robin Hood at the dollar theater which was where we had our first date to see The Dream Team 21 years ago. We had a good time and the cinematic experience reminded me of some of the things that I do and don't like about going to the movies.

Loud Viewers-We happened to have some super sensitive laughers sitting right behind us. During the previews they went crazy laughing with an uncontrollable rage at anything that resembled comedy during the previews. There were probably 4 or 5 comical parts of the movie we were watching, and they didn't miss their cue to go crazy laughing at each of them.  I was just grateful that we weren't watching a comedy since these guys could bust a gut while watching Schindler's List.

Commericals-One of my favorite things about going to the movies is watching the previews, yet one of my least favorite things is watching all the garbage they play before the previews like Axe or Keebler Elf commercials. Is it just me or is anyone else annoyed with the Cinemark "First Look" format? It's one thing to watch the same repetitive ads each time you go to the movies, but what really drives me crazy is when they summarize everything they have been showing for the previous half hour as if there is going to be a test and they are reviewing all of the material so we don't forget anything.

Noisy Kids-Years ago I went to see The Water Boy. It was a matinee showing and there were only about 4 of us in the theater. Just as the movie started, 2 ladies brought in a group of about 12 little kids who must have been at a birthday party. Yes, they sat right behind me and I could have sworn they were breaking a pinata during the movie because it was so noisy.

Bad Seats-One of the worst things is when you get to the movie late and are forced to sit in the first two rows. This is even worse for your eyes than looking directly into the sun! I refuse to watch a movie in the front section of a theater after having done so on a few occasions. I have empathy for the poor souls who come in late and try to find decent seats in the dark before they finally give up an sit in the front row.

I don't want to sound like a whiner. Even a bad day at the movies is better than a good day at work. I love movies so much that I have a separate blog dedicated to that subject. If you are ever looking for some very mediocre reviews with random insights, you might want to check out The Movie Guy.


Kristina P. said...

We saw Inception a couple of weeks ago, and it wasn't until it was over that I realized, "Oh my gosh, there was NOTHING to complain about in that movie."

We go to the movies a lot, and I can't remember the last time we didn't have a distraction. Either a screaming baby, texting, people talking, etc. It's basically become the norm now.

Dawn Parsons Smith said...

You listed every single one of my movie going pet peeves! AND I especially hate ticket prices and the concession prices!

Cheeseboy said...

I think that there are people that go to movies to go to movies and people that go to movies to watch the movie.

You and I are in the second category. All the idiots in the theater were in the other.


It's true. Nowadays, not having an interruption is the exception to the rule of movie watching.

Eric said...

Good point about the Cinemark recap of all the ads. I'm thinking of hiring someone to sit through the commercials and recap to hold my place, then phone me when it's time for the film to start.

Kelly said...

I am on the same page as you with all of those things. I especially hate noisy teens at the movies showing off for each other.

Dr Zibbs said...

This is why I only go to movies during the day on extended lunches. I can't stand seeing movies with all of the annoying people. ESPECIALLY comedies.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hubby and I see A LOT of movies. Fortunately the theaters by us have advance booking with reserved seating. What a difference that makes.

Cell phones and texting drive me crazy! One theater even has an usher that "polices" people doing it during a movie :-)

Happy movie watching,

Beckalita said...

My movie pet peeve is going late and not being able to find 2 seats together. Nothing like spending a date on opposite sides of the theater!

Hey, I like to watch movies as much as the next person; I just don't like to have to go anywhere to do it.