Movie Theater Experiences

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#951 Post by tenia » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:58 am

They were laughing at the later part of the scene, once it gets tense. I don't want to be inaccurate, but let's say they might have been laughing around the point in the scene when shooting gets started, not (only ?) earlier like when the giant pipe appears.
I don't understand it either, but this clearly put off my GF from any QT movie since.

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#952 Post by SomethingWild » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:55 pm

I saw If Beale Street Could Talk this morning, hoping that a Monday morning screening would be free of crowds, and when I arrived, I noticed that there were probably 40-50 high schoolers in the audience. Early in the film, there's a scene of domestic abuse, and when the wife gets hit by her husband, these kids erupted in laughter and cheers. One girl yelled, "That's good for her" and then used some derogatory language to further describe her.

It was a pretty jarring moment, for me. There were a couple of other jeers throughout the movie, but nothing to that extent. At least their reactions didn't distract me enough to keep me from loving the movie.

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#953 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:39 pm

I laughed heartily during that moment (and whole scene) as well, as did the entire film festival audience I was sitting with.

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#954 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:56 pm

When I saw it, the audience (a full house at MoMA's Theater 1, the bigger theater) mostly gasped. I don't recall any laughter, but I could be wrong (always possible there were a few out there somewhere).

That character was a horrendous person, but smacking her in the face like that isn't something I'd cheer on.

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#955 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:08 pm

It's a very uncomfortable scene, of course, but there is a release of tension when that slap occurs that typically leads to uncomfortable laughter. It's a very funny scene outside of that, though - certainly would not come as any surprise to Jenkins that it elicits laughter

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#956 Post by SomethingWild » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:37 pm

I agree that there are funny moments in that sequence before and after the smack takes place (Indeed, it's a wonderfully acted and directed scene), but I'm not sure that the smack itself is meant to be funny. Interesting to hear that someone else experienced laughter during that moment, though.

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#957 Post by FrauBlucher » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:57 pm

Yesterday, I went to see Cold War. A woman brought her service dog to the theater. She wasn’t blind, or didn’t have a problem walking so not sure what the service dog was accompanying her for. She sat somewhere behind me. A few times I heard the dogs chain rattle, but nothing too distracting.

Any thoughts?

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#958 Post by Big Ben » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:18 pm

People have animals for a variety of reasons but there's a possibility that it was simply there as support. What that support is could vary though. The dog could certainly just be there because she wanted emotional support (Credulity is strained here I know.) but it could also be for something far more serious like epilepsy as the dog can be trained to alert anyone within range that their owner is in trouble. Speaking frankly though I think the woman just wanted her dog in the theater. Speaking for myself I don't have an issue with a dog in the theater as long as it's quiet. The dog in my house barks at large animals on the screen and gets very upset when she sees other dogs on the TV but you didn't have that issue though so I imagine you're not too deeply troubled by any of this.

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#959 Post by tenia » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:33 pm

I admit I wouldn't be fond of dogs in a theater except for medical support, but on the other hand, if it keeps quiet, it wouldn't bother me.
This being written, I've never had any screening with a dog, which probably explains why I can find that a bit "exotic" for me.

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#960 Post by bad future » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:32 am

Here’s an experience I’ve now had more than once; wondering if anyone can relate. When a whole family walks in with fresh popcorn and drinks like 20 minutes before the end of the movie, and you know they probably just aren’t conscious of the concept of a popular movie playing on more than one screen of a multiplex, so they just walked in the first one they saw and sat down. And then you’re still watching the movie but also can’t stop thinking about how this family’s experience is being ruined by seeing the end before they see the rest of it, hoping they pick up on “hey, this looks like some climactic 3rd act stuff and the movie wasn’t supposed to start for another 5 minutes, what’s up with that?” but they don’t move and you aren’t sure if it would be insulting to ask if they’re sure they’re in the right room, so they just end up sitting there and watching the whole ending. And then an employee asks them why they’re still there once the credits are over and they’re like “I guess we were early, we’ll wait” and the employees are all “but it’s not showing again in this room for another 45 minutes,” etc.

I assume these must be families who are *really* not particular about what they’re watching, and are mostly just there to get out of the house and eat some popcorn I guess. It’s probably weird of me to even be so conscious of it... I guess I just get really into the whole “spell” cast by a group of strangers all experiencing a story together (maybe also why people talking and scrolling through Facebook takes me out of it — not just the rudeness but knowing that they’re not on the same ride, haha)... so to whatever extent I imagine I’m experiencing a movie through the eyes of the collective, it’s just weird knowing a percentage of that collective hasn’t seen the first hour and a half! Not that I’m complaining about *my* experience; clearly it’s something that happens to the families in question and not to me. Just weird to witness!

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