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post #61 of 176
Guess I'm just not into "huddling with the masses" at a movie theater. Call me arrogant but that's why I like my HT system and why when I go to a theater usually make sure it is during the week at a mid afternoon matinée where the crowd in the auditorium might only be 8 or 10 folks. I'm still amazed at how many people check their messages during the movie and why they feel it is important to do so.

I mainly go to the theater when there is a film I don't want to wait for on BD. But lately the crop of films coming out have been crap and the theater has taken to listing what's coming in the next few months and there isn't much there to interest me.

I might also attend the local arthouse for some films if it wasn't so run down. They would like to remodel but as I understand it the building owner is in the way.
post #62 of 176
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Guess I'm just not into "huddling with the masses" at a movie theater. Call me arrogant but that's why I like my HT system and why when I go to a theater usually make sure it is during the week at a mid afternoon matinée where the crowd in the auditorium might only be 8 or 10 folks. I'm still amazed at how many people check their messages during the movie and why they feel it is important to do so.

I mainly go to the theater when there is a film I don't want to wait for on BD. But lately the crop of films coming out have been crap and the theater has taken to listing what's coming in the next few months and there isn't much there to interest me.

I might also attend the local arthouse for some films if it wasn't so run down. They would like to remodel but as I understand it the building owner is in the way.

I hear you. The attraction of the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd, has its limits, so I, too, always attend matinees, although I often go on weekends. Call me Pollyanna but it seems to me that people are becoming a little more courteous when it comes to not blinding patrons sitting behind them in the theater with their cellphone screens. It still happens once in awhile but I think not as frequently as once was the case.

Like you, I am very selective about the movies I see. Unless it's something promising, I will simply wait for the BD and, maybe, not watch it even then.

The moviegoing experience depends heavily on the quality of the venue. My two favorite cineplexes are both modern and well maintained so the chances are that films shown there will look and sound like they should. On the other hand, there is a discount movie theater with 6 screens near me that I simply won't attend any more. The projection gear and audio systems have to be 30 years old and the ventilation system is louder than an airport runway. Thanks, but no thanks.
post #63 of 176
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

I don't envy you being shipwrecked in Atlanta, Eric.
Simply COULDN'T imagine living there...

Shipwrecked? Arr!!!

There are a few things I need to hoist for she's ready there Anchor Master oink
post #64 of 176
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Rich, I couldn't agree more. Nothing sadder than an A/V geek sitting alone in a Home Theater, with a projector and surround sound, thinking that he has the ultimate theater experience.

I think there are very few, if any, people who think they're having "the ultimate theater experience" at home. What they're having is very often simply a more enjoyable experience (no "ultimate" implied) than what they often have to tolerate at the theater (dim, unfocused, misaligned picture, bad sound, rude patrons, etc. etc.). I think everyone would prefer topnotch picture and sound at a real theater with an appreciative, well behaved audience. I know I would, and I've often experienced it. But I'd MUCH rather watch a movie by myself at home if the bad factors I mentioned are present at the theater. No amount of "good social vibes" makes up for them.
post #65 of 176
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Originally Posted by Gary McCoy View Post
In actual fact, I don't think anything has changed, qualitatively, in the theater experience. Once upon a time, you were of the age to laugh inappropriately during a movie. But you aren't anymore, and you never will be again.
I'm talking about scenes or gags that are completely out of place in a particular movie.

Mainly in modern, American comedies. It's like they can't decide exactly what type of audience they're going for. For instance, they may go all the way from a whole movie's worth of a higher level of humor, down to a scene worthy of a 6 year-old's level.

Even if it's only a couple of scenes, it still takes away from the overall experience of the movie for me. Either be one or the other.

Rarely is anything ever made as "one person's vision" anymore. Always trying too hard to appeal to too wide of an audience, and in the process, often losing people like me completely.

I have no problem "laughing" at things - when I actually find them funny. It's the "laugh track effect" - it's a distraction when others around me are laughing themselves silly over something I don't really find all that funny. It's not like going to a concert, where you know pretty well what you're going to get, and you're going to be on the same page as most everybody else there. You're going into a movie comparatively cold, with a theater-full of people with varying tastes.
post #66 of 176
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post
I'm talking about scenes or gags that are completely out of place in a particular movie.

Mainly in modern, American comedies. It's like they can't decide exactly what type of audience they're going for. For instance, they may go all the way from a whole movie's worth of a higher level of humor, down to a scene worthy of a 6 year-old's level.

Even if it's only a couple of scenes, it still takes away from the overall experience of the movie for me. Either be one or the other.

Rarely is anything ever made as "one person's vision" anymore. Always trying too hard to appeal to too wide of an audience, and in the process, often losing people like me completely.

I have no problem "laughing" at things - when I actually find them funny. It's the "laugh track effect" - it's a distraction when others are laughing themselves silly over something I don't really find all that funny. It's not like going to a concert, where you know pretty well what you're going to get, and you're going to be on the same page as most everybody else there. You're going into a movie comparatively cold.
So, do you see some agenda in script writing or just a general lost wilderness of writers & producers?
post #67 of 176
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So, do you see some agenda in script writing or just a general lost wilderness of writers & producers?
In the kinds of movies I'm talking about, more the latter.

An agenda, only as far as that they'll do anything to sell it, and they wan't to stick with what's safe - if you'd call that an agenda.

But as far as the continuity within one film, I think it's "too many cooks spoiling the broth" (for me, that is) - passing through too many hands.
post #68 of 176
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post
passing through too many hands.
Or, being adjusted to fit a certain ??

There. I didn't say the word
post #69 of 176
Well, again, it depends on your exact definition of "that word".

When I think of that word in terms of Hollywood films, I think more of social issues that they're trying to further, for whatever motives.
post #70 of 176
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post
Well, again, it depends on your exact definition of "that word".

When I think of that word in terms of Hollywood films, I think more of social issues that they're trying to further, for whatever motives.
I do too, but it would also seem they'd love to sell us the same Coke a Cola for life and reduce the costs in the process.
post #71 of 176
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Shipwrecked? Arr!!!

There are a few things I need to hoist for she's ready there Anchor Master oink
My brother and his wife live in Atlanta. I have visited them many times and like it a lot. Atlanta is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the country, so it's not surprising that there are many good places to eat and much to do.
post #72 of 176
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My brother and his wife live in Atlanta. I have visited them many times and like it a lot. Atlanta is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the country, so it's not surprising that there are many good places to eat and much to do.
Like any place it has high and low points.
Theater Suckage is likely equal to anywhere
post #73 of 176
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thehun View Post
What's wrong with Atlanta? [never been there]
It's in The South.
It's hot.
It's humid.
It has ticks.
It has chiggers.
It's troutless.

And, most importantly, the girls ain't pretty.
post #74 of 176
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

It's in The South.
It's hot.
It's humid.
It has ticks.
It has chiggers.
It's troutless.

And, most importantly, the girls ain't pretty.

You forgot Skeeters!
The place is also overrun with landscapers for some reason. I can't figure it out
post #75 of 176
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thedeskE View Post

You forgot Skeeters!
The place is also overrun with landscapers for some reason. I can't figure it out

LOL!
America's Landscapers are al-Qaeda's secret army...
post #76 of 176
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Originally Posted by RobertR View Post
I think there are very few, if any, people who think they're having "the ultimate theater experience" at home. What they're having is very often simply a more enjoyable experience (no "ultimate" implied) than what they often have to tolerate at the theater (dim, unfocused, misaligned picture, bad sound, rude patrons, etc. etc.). I think everyone would prefer topnotch picture and sound at a real theater with an appreciative, well behaved audience. I know I would, and I've often experienced it. But I'd MUCH rather watch a movie by myself at home if the bad factors I mentioned are present at the theater. No amount of "good social vibes" makes up for them.
Bingo!
post #77 of 176
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Originally Posted by oink View Post
It's in The South.
It's hot.
It's humid.
It has ticks.
It has chiggers.
It's troutless.
Can't argue those.
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And, most importantly, the girls ain't pretty.
Someone said on a different forum that Atlanta has some of the hottest women around.
post #78 of 176
Thread Starter 
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Can't argue those.


Someone said on a different forum that Atlanta has some of the hottest women around.
If I have to fight thru the heat and insects all the fun would be taken out of it.
post #79 of 176
Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member
post #80 of 176
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Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member

I LOVE Alamo Drafthouse... some of the last true defenders of the cinematic experience. More power to them.

Word is theyre opening more in LA and NYC... hopefully that means business is good and they keep expanding.
post #81 of 176
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Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member

On that one yesterday. F'in Beautiful!!
I love those guys!!
post #82 of 176
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Originally Posted by dragonbud0 View Post

Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member

Awesome.
post #83 of 176
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Originally Posted by dragonbud0 View Post

Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member

The thing that struck me about her comments...

She's the one who is causing a disturbance by texting and yet when someone (Draft House employee) calls her on breaking the rules,....they are the one being impolite. WTF? As with many impolite ppl, when they are reminded they are being impolite and asked to stop...the person asking is the one who is in the wrong (for calling attention to their rudness)

Is it the decline of civility? What's important is "I got mine" mentality? The need for people to feel like they are the center of (other's) world ....foresquare, facebook status updates and twittering.

Sorry, we had a LOUD talker calling attention to herself last night during the movie. Good news, she really had a great lunch at Firehouse Subs yesterday....that's a relief, all the strangers around her were wondering how her day was.
post #84 of 176
[Concerning Atlanta:]

It's in The South.
It's hot.
It's humid.
It has ticks.
It has chiggers.
It's troutless.

And, most importantly, the girls ain't pretty.


Oink, oink, oink. I just now noticed the defamation of a fine Southern City. This shall not stand, suh. As to your objections:

It's in The South- It's an oasis of somewhat more tolerance than most of The South, an area that produces most of America's greatest literature, whatever its problems
It's hot- most of the country is hot at some time or another
It's humid- can't take a little water in the air? It's also tsunami-less, which is more than can be said for the sooner-or-later fate of the Cascade region
It has ticks.
It has chiggers- if you put yourself in a situation where those insects can get at you then you deserve all you get
It's troutless- there is plenty of trouser trout arount here, being one of the gayest cities in our fair land; also, observe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigadoon_Lodge

We also have

beautiful Springs
extremely beautiful Autumns
mild winters
The Dekalb Farmers Market
Palmetto bugs, keeping us in touch with the age of the dinosaurs

and, yes, to go along with the hot Summers, some of the hottest women imaginable
post #85 of 176
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

Oink, oink, oink. I just now noticed the defamation of a fine Southern City. This shall not stand, suh. As to your objections:
It's in The South- It's an oasis of somewhat more tolerance than most of The South, an area that produces most of America's greatest literature, whatever its problems

Uhh, doesn't literature = good writing....and that requires a formal EDUCATION?


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It's hot- most of the country is hot at some time or another

True, but in the case of the South, it is what makes the high humidity so awful for wimps like me.


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It's humid- can't take a little water in the air? It's also tsunami-less, which is more than can be said for the sooner-or-later fate of the Cascade region

Sooner or later a tsunami will come rolling up the Columbia River.
Little doubt there.
The silver lining with that is the dams will get washed away and our salmon will make a big comeback.
And I do like my salmonoids.

Besides, I am at 4,200 feet and have always dreamed of living on the beach...


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It has ticks.
It has chiggers- if you put yourself in a situation where those insects can get at you then you deserve all you get

Wha????
So everyone has to stay inside their homes???

Well, at least the woman can be safely hidden away from ridicule....


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It's troutless- there is plenty of trouser trout arount here, being one of the gayest cities in our fair land;
and, yes, to go along with the hot Summers, some of the hottest women imaginable

If the women are so smokin', how come so many dudes are sissy girly-men (as you just admitted)?


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We also have

beautiful Springs
extremely beautiful Autumns
mild winters
The Dekalb Farmers Market
Palmetto bugs, keeping us in touch with the age of the dinosaurs

Ya got me on mild winters.
Simply ain't a feature to living in a real mountain range (don't even THINK about trying to tell me there are mountains in the South).
post #86 of 176
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Originally Posted by dragonbud0 View Post

Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member


Man Gets Shot for Eating Popcorn Too Loudly During 'Black Swan'
post #87 of 176
Some of the better Alamo Drafthouse PSAs

Alamo Drafthouse Savior of Cinema

This is definitely one of the best things about living in Austin. Every time I see one of these threads, I just smile and thank the movie gods that I don't have to worry about these types of complaints. I really wish that all of you had something just like this in your town...it would definitely restore your faith in going to the movies.
post #88 of 176
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Originally Posted by dragonbud0 View Post

Here is another southern state experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...udience-member

Watched/listened to it once and then again. Loved it! No school like the old school. Other theaters could do well to follow with a simple sign: "C'mon in. Enjoy the movie. Don't be a jackass."
post #89 of 176

If this is a true story (or even if it's not), it's staggering how lightly death is taken by those who have lost nothing. Stop and think about losing your wife. Your husband. Your child. Not meaning to rant...just thinking out loud.
post #90 of 176
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...aterfight.html

A Washington state man fed up with a group of noisy moviegoers behind him stepped over the seat and punched a 10-year-old boy in the face.

The man, who told police he thought the person he hit was a grown man, was watching "Titanic" in 3-D with his girlfriend and had asked the people sitting behind to quiet down and stop throwing popcorn, but they laughed at him, he said.

"I got so mad that it just happened," Yong Hyun Kim, 21, told police who arrested him the night of April 11 at the AMC Kent Station 14, in Kent, a south Seattle suburb.

The 10-year-old lost a tooth and had a bloody nose in the confrontation.

Kim spent a night in the Kent city jail and appeared April 12 in King County District Court and was released, said county prosecutor's spokesman Dan Donohoe.

Kim was charged May 16 with second-degree assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced to three to nine months in jail, Donohoe said Tuesday.

The Auburn man will be arraigned May 31 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

A phone number for Kim could not be found, and it's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The boy, identified in the police report as KJJ, was at the theater with three friends. They met police in the lobby. They said they were watching the movie and talking when Kim told them to be quiet. They quieted down, but KJJ says when he whispered something, Kim jumped over the seat, threw an iced drink at them and punched KJJ in the face.

Kim said something to the effect of "You know what, I paid a lot of money to see this movie," the police report said.

Kim told police the boys' behavior was worse than talking. He says they were hitting him and his girlfriend with popcorn, running back and forth in the aisle and bumping him with their arms.

"At one point Yong stepped over the seats and confronted the subjects behind him," the police report says. "Yong said he was talking to the subjects when they started laughing at him. Yong said he became so angry and swung his arm at one of the subjects and him in the face."

A manager at the theater referred a request for comment to a corporate spokesman.

"We strongly encourage guests to be respectful of their fellow moviegoers, and to report any disturbance to an AMC associate, so that we may handle it directly," AMC Theatres spokesman Ryan Noonan said in a statement. "The safety and security of our guests and associates is important to us, and we want everyone to enjoy the moviegoing experience."

Noonan said the theater's management told him no one had complained about audience behavior prior to the incident.
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