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King Kong review [Dec. 31st, 2005|10:50 am]
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Not of the movie; of the audience. I have heard people complaining of attending movies where the other audience members would not shut up, and have had to give unruly teenagers a Death Stare or two, but last night for the first time I found myself in a reasonably full theater surrounded by adults who could not keep their frelling mouths shut.

The woman behind me was in her late 50s, and carrying on this continual Dialogue of the Obvious. "Oh, that's a T-Rex!" "Look at her swing on those vines!" "Oh that's a....mmm. Triceratops? Yes, a triceratops. Triceratops. Is that right? Triceratops?" "Oh, it's winter. That's why he's sliding around. You'd think she'd be cold. Does she look cold?"

Now, we whisper a comment to each other now and then, but it's done with mouth to ear. This woman was just murmuring along in a low voice. I turned around and gave her a look, but she was oblivous.

In front of us was a family with adult sons. The dad kept talking about the snacks, and there was some joking about the movie, and then some discussion of whether they were getting something to eat after the movie. Across the aisle people were chatting off and on, and somewhere to the right were some other conversationalists.

Now, I try not to impact other people's movie experience, even if it is impacting mine a bit. But when the conversation in the row ahead of us turned to football I was done. I took a deep breath and let out a "SSHHH!!!" that made Amy jump.

And which point they turned around and gave me a "Geez, lady!" look. But they did shut up.

I do not get the mentality that treats a movie like sitting at home watching a video, and i know I'm not alone in this. We have a rule that trailers are commentable, but once the movie starts you shut up, and we've been given nasty looks by people who apparently feared we would not shut up when the movie started. So I know I'm not alone in this. But wow, the people who are oblivious to their fellow travelers are totally oblivious. That still boggles me.

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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2005-12-31 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've actually had to turn around and tell the person to shut up and when they wouldn't, I got one of the movie ushers, made a complaint, and the talker was told that they were either quiet or they would be removed from the theater.

No one is ruining my theater experience!

And yeah, trailers are free game because you have to comment on whether the movie will be worth it or not :)
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2005-12-31 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re trailers, exactly. If I can't shout, "PASS!!!" at a trailer like, say, Cabin Boy then it just isn't worth paying to see movies anymore. = )

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[User Picture]From: theonlykow
2005-12-31 04:37 pm (UTC)
I take it a step further, although I'm more outgoing than most people - if it's people my age (early- to mid-20's) I'll basically say, "Hey, come on, shut up." If it's anyone younger or older than said range, they'll generally get a, "Oh. My. God. Shut the fuck up."

Works like a charm. I don't stand for that kind of crap, haha.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2005-12-31 05:00 pm (UTC)
Talking during movies (aside from an occasional pertinent comment) drives me nuts. Even at home. This is not good, because my three roommates are all of the chatter-during-movies school, or the come crashing in while somebody else is watching a movie and start talking loudly school. When it's a movie I want to watch, I hold the remote and just pause it when anyone comes in.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm more casual at home, but if I've paid to be in that theater, damn.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2005-12-31 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard lots of people complain about that, but it hasn't yet happened to me. Mind you, I don't go to a lot of movies.

I would say the one exception to that rule is when the movie is so unbelievably awful that the audience joins forces to heckle and make fun of it. Battlefield Earth is the example that springs to mind.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have been part of an MST3King - The Musketeer. But that is a different animal entirely.
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2005-12-31 05:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, we sat in front obvious woman and her husband at Mr. And Mrs. Smith. (They're married! They're trying to kill each other! They're secret agents!) What a coincidence!

This drives me up the wall, and I'm pretty freaking militant about shutting people up. I have a higher tolarance at say a kid's movie or if it's 10:00 opening night and a teen movie, but otherwise, we will have words.

Wierd thing is, apparently people just talk through the whole movie in L.A. We had a couple of groups see various movies while I was on a school trip and it's a common thing. One of the other reasons I'd hate it there.
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[User Picture]From: kornkid4ever
2005-12-31 07:02 pm (UTC)
You must have had some bad experiances...because I haven't heard of that being the norm. Wait, do you mean Los Angeles?
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2005-12-31 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, if I know it is supposed to be a good movie, I will ask stupid people to shut up. If it's something like Battlefield Earth...I'm going to be joining them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 07:35 pm (UTC)
Bad movies are open season, assuming the entire audience believes it's bad.
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[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2005-12-31 05:49 pm (UTC)
With you totally, 100% of the way.

I used to write on LJ, you know.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 07:37 pm (UTC)
Rumor has it that you did. I've even witnessed that event on occasion.
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[User Picture]From: crystalrowan
2005-12-31 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so with you there - I'm half convinced that a big part of the reason movie attendance has gone down in the last couple of years is because it seems that people have forgotten that you're not supposed to talk during a movie.

I always seem to be in a theater full of teenagers but that's probably because we go on Friday and Saturday nights to the theater that's attached to the local mall and it is THE hangout for this side of out town's teenagers.

I used to just sit and silently fume but if it gets ridiculous, I'll turn and give the look. If they still won't shut up, I'll try "SHHHHH" and if that doesn't work, I'll get up and go get a theater attendant.

What boggles my mind is that people will pay the outrageous ticket and concession prices to go to a movie and then sit and talk through the whole thing about stuff not even related to the movie! If I want to sit and talk, I'm certainly not going to pay $8.00 to go somewhere and do it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I totally don't get it.

Glad to see you loved The Producers, though!
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-12-31 06:06 pm (UTC)
I went to King Kong..... and then dealt with a small child screaming in the back of the theatre for good chunks of the movie, a few 13-14 year olds gabbing down-left and an older couple behind me being obnoxious ("OMG he's going to DIE!!!111")

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[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2005-12-31 06:59 pm (UTC)
Damn straight.

I can recall a couple exceptions: during "Serenity," the friend who'd seen the show explained, very quietly, a couple of the details, and another friend and I couldn't keep from making quiet gagging noises at each other during the RotS "romantic" "dialogue." Otherwise--yeah. Not so much with the during-movie talking.

Most memorable was watching "Hero" and having, during the climactic scene, some dumbass behind me go "...they're not really going to kill him, right?"


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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2005-12-31 08:14 pm (UTC)
Got one better for you.

At the sinking of Titanic and when Jack dies, this idiot behind me goes "I wonder if she die too" (sic).

Um. She was the old lady telling the frigging story!
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[User Picture]From: hihankara
2005-12-31 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not really shocked by people being rude--it seems to be all that we're about these days, but I get really irked is when they get mad at ME for pointing out their rudeness! I'm sorry, how am *I* the badgirl for telling *them* to STFU in a movie, or not to climb on the historic artifacts in a museum, etc etc.

I've also gotten up in movies and moved because the guy sitting next to me was eating popcorn in the most disgusting manner possible, *crunch*crunch*slobber*smack*dropkernalsallover*crunch*crunch*crunch* EW!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 07:40 pm (UTC)
Ew. I'm shuddering just imagining it.
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2005-12-31 08:12 pm (UTC)
When Adam and I went to go see The Goblet of Fire we were the only people in the theatre. And I STILL SHHH'd him when he said something in a "not a movie theatre tone of voice"!
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[User Picture]From: his_angel
2005-12-31 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thus why I usually prefer to just wait for it to come out on video. More than one occasion I have stood up and asked someone to shut the hell up. I don't have the patience or understanding for talking, screaming babies, ringing cell phones and such. Besides. At home I can pause the movie to go to the bathroom or get more Diet Pepsi. Diet Pepsi that's maybe a dollar a 2 liter and $5 for a cup. And most theaters have Coke products nowdays anyways.

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[User Picture]From: yndy
2006-01-01 12:20 am (UTC)
*this* is why I have a 61" Television, a surround-sound theater system, and a DVD player in my home...

I can't stand movie theaters any more.

The 40-something year old man intentionally kicking the back of my seat through the majority of The Two Towers was the death knell for me - yes, when I finally turned around and said "do you mind? would you *please* stop kicking my seat?" and he started up again, his wife whapped him on the shoulder and said "honey, grow up!" but it was the final straw for me.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-01 01:29 am (UTC)
Thing is, I love going to the movies. I love seeing things in the theater and talking about them with friends. I don't want people to drive me out.
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2006-01-01 01:18 am (UTC)
At the moment, I am 18 years old. Back when I was younger, we used to go to movies more frequently, and my mother never allowed me to behave that way in a movie theatre! If I comment, I do it low, and then stfu. If I would've acted the way that I see a lot of ppl (not just kids) acting, I would not have been allowed to venture into a movie theatre for a long time. And I don't act that way. I really don't get it: everyone paid way-too-high prices to go to that movie, so WHY are you gonna' sunder the experience by acting like a jackass? I just don't get it.
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