July 18, 2008

I'm beginning to detest seeing movies in the theatre

I went to see "The Dark Knight" this afternoon with a buddy at the Movies 10 in Stanton. The mid-afternoon show was pretty packed. We sat in the back of the middle section, and off to our immediate right were about eight 12-13 yr. old boys who wouldn't shut the f*** up, and who kept checking their cell phones (whose light illuminated a too-big a portion of the area). The dad that "accompanied" them -- sitting directly in front of us -- was totally clueless. He never said a single word of admonishment; one gent in back of the boys told them to put the cell phones away at least four times that I heard. In fact, WAY too many folks kept checking their cells throughout the flick, despite numerous warnings beforehand NOT to do so.

Next, the dude who ended up sitting on the other side of me was loud beyond belief. What made it worse was that he was the slowest guy to realize happenings in the movie (like the way-too obvious Harvey Dent-is-Two Face "revelation"). Sudden exclamations of "OHHH! YEAAAH!" drove me nuts. (And no, the gent wasn't mentally challenged either, just in case you were wondering.)

Lastly, some old woman with way too much make-up on had a Blue Tooth on a few rows in front of me. Like, why the f*** do you need one of those in a friggin' movie theatre?? The constant blinking blue light on the damn thing was distracting -- and again, I was several rows behind her. I can't imagine what'd have been like to sit directly behind her.

Good thing I paid a bit less for the matinee. Even so, the way manners are going in public these days, it'll soon be worth it to just wait for the DVD and enjoy the movie where you won't have to worry at all about absolute behavioral cretins.


BTW: For those who saw the "DK," can you name the well-known [current] U.S. politician who had a small bit part in the movie? (Don't look at the cast list at the link above ... even if you do, you'll have to be fairly sharp to spot the name!)

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I really don't know but I thought the bald headed old man who gets roughed up by the joker during the fund raiser, looked like he was modeled on Sen. Patrick Leahy. Come to think of it, he even sounded like him....

Posted by: kavips at July 18, 2008 10:28 PM

I never go to the movies anymore. I can buy the dvd for about the price of two tickets and watch it as many times as I want. I'll take Orville Redenbocker over movie theater popcorn any day.

Posted by: Joe at July 19, 2008 06:03 AM

Went to see TDK this morning with my brother, and this will be the time I check out these flicks from now on. Similarly-aged people, not too crowded, and not one annoying person to speak of.

Any insight to "The Watchmen", Hube? Looks like it could be solid.

Posted by: Tone at July 19, 2008 04:13 PM

kavips -- you win!! That was indeed Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy ... the actual man. (I stayed for the credits and he was there. It's also listed on the IMDB credits.) Nice work!

Tone: Thanks for the advice. Sounds like I'll be catching flicks at that time period from now on!

I think "Watchmen" looks awesome at first glance. However, they're gonna have to make the film at least 2 and half hours to do the story any justice, IMO!

Posted by: Hube at July 19, 2008 04:56 PM

I work a 4 day work week and see all of my movies on Monday afternoons. Less People. Agree with the Watchman movie, I'll watch it, but I still think it's pretty unfilmable

Posted by: Mark at July 20, 2008 07:07 AM

We saw it twice, but had no problems with the audience. And the Watchmen is many years after I stopped paying attention. I don't have a clue what it's supposed to be.

Posted by: rightwingprof at July 21, 2008 06:30 AM

I saw DK last night with a buddy and I was telling him that I think Watchmen will bomb. I'm only vaguely aware of the plot and that's with having some huge comic book fans as friends. I would bet enough people aren't aware of it that they don't care. It doesn't have the built-in audience, in my opinion, of a Spiderman or a Batman, or even a Fantastic Four, and given its apparent budget, it is my bet it won't pay off.

Posted by: Paul Smith at July 21, 2008 09:57 AM

Paul: I think you may be right. I was dazzled by the [Watchmen] trailer's effects, but the story IS quite complex and a movie adaptation would have to be perfect in order to do it any justice.

One thing I noted: There was a scene in the trailer where Dr. Manhattan (the glowing blue guy) was walking through the jungle zapping soldiers. This scene comprised a total of ONE panel in the whole twelve issues of Watchmen. (It showed how the US was victorious in Vietnam b/c it loosed Manhattan against the Viet Cong and NVA.)

Posted by: Hube at July 21, 2008 10:56 AM

Are you sure she was wearing a Bluetooth and wasn't really a Borg? (Albeit with a blue LED rather than red?)

Posted by: soccer dad at July 21, 2008 11:45 AM

Hube, to support your point about the complexity of the Watchmen plot, when my friends' wife asked him what it was about, he looked at her, paused and just said "It's complicated."

Posted by: Paul Smith at July 22, 2008 09:23 AM