Saturday, March 25, 2006

What Going to the Movies is All About

by jaydro
It's really great when you can go to movie on opening weekend at a theater that just installed their digital projection equipment in a THX-certified auditiorium (though the assistant manager hasn't a clue what THX is, unfortunately, nor does the theater bother to advertise it anymore or even run the THX trailer), only to have it almost ruined by you pondering during the last third of the movie what exactly you're going to say to the stupid middle-aged middle-upper-class white fat cow in the row behind you who didn't silence her cellphone, didn't think you'd mind her talking on it, then didn't think you'd mind hearing her and her golf-playing balding hubby discussing whatever was so fucking important that they had to talk about it and yet still wanted to sit there and watch the goddamn movie. I know the black guys sitting behind me were pissed, but what were they going to do? I'm thinking, what can I say that will make her never want to go to a movie again, because there's no point in pointing out her rudeness or the error of her ways, since she obviously has enough sense to figure that out so she must think that she's above all that shit. But then they leave when the credits start and before the lights come up, and you never get a chance. Damn.

But anyway, Inside Man was pretty good. Review to come.

8 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Ask them how they can ever show their faces in public without a proper understanding of basic courtesy. Of course, it's rather hypocritical to get up in someone's face for not being courteous, but a little hypocrisy isn't the end of the world.

3/26/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I've come to see mobile phones in general as probably the worst thing to happen to cinema, ever.

Watching movies is in a way about shutting off the world outside, but with mobiles that's pretty hard to do, for some people simply impossible.

And let's not forget - unless it's a period drama - all the lost plot points. Unless the hero is stranded in the Sahara, he can get rescued any time, any where, with the touch of a few buttons.

And what have mobile phones done for cinema? Cellular. 'Nuff said.

3/26/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

The cell-blocking technology is out there, and it would be easy and relatively cheap to implement.

The theatres don't want to use it for "safety" reasons. If I am in a theatre, and a fire starts, and all 4 entrances to the theatre are blocked, I will be able to die happy knowing that a few of these cell phone movie assholes will be going with me.

3/27/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

If I am in a theatre, and a fire starts, and all 4 entrances to the theatre are blocked, I will be able to die happy knowing that a few of these cell phone movie assholes will be going with me.

And I'd stand right there with you, man. With the matches and lighter fluid.

3/27/2006 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I'm not aware of cell-blocking technology outside of construction techniques that is actually legal in the US. And while I may hate rude cellphone users, I really don't want to see businesses investing in black-market electronic jammers. They might interfere with the mobile ham radio I'm using in the parking lot. :-)

3/27/2006 12:54:00 PM  
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4/02/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

To make up for the previous Inside Man spoiler comment that I posted here by accident:

I was recently rewatching an old episode of Firefly and I enjoyed this quote from Shepherd Book:

If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.

As an aside, I had forgotten that Chiwetel Ejiofor of Inside Man was also in Serenity.

4/02/2006 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

Chiwetel was awesome in "Serenity." Whedon nails it in his commentary track -- this is a guy who, while a villan, isn't THAT wrong, and the key is that he absolutely believes in the goals of the Alliance.

I'll be seeing "Kinky Boots" on Wednesday, and I'll be very interested to see how he pulls that role off.

4/03/2006 07:54:00 AM  

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