Movie Theater Experiences

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#826 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:17 am

JohnShade wrote:This thread makes me wonder if there's a general thread about odd happenings at the movie theater? I think I stumbled on one before. I wonder if any of our knowledgeable posters know when the culture of movie-going changed. Scorsese always talks, when he reminisces about going to movies in his childhood, about walking into various theaters and people showing up late to movies and just watching them to the end then again to the point where they started. Was Psycho the point when things changed or was it gradual? I've read of the French New Wavers also being of the type to just walk in and out of movies.
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#827 Post by Big Ben » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:39 am

You've seen disruptive people, you've encountered "fatty olds" (???) but have you ever encountered "Loud man who announces his proclivities"?

Sitting in the theater for Atomic Blonde in the dump known as AMC Theaters in Great Falls Montana a gentleman loudly proclaimed during a sequence involving Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella that he forgot to bring his lube and then proceeded to talk (albeit quieter) about how hot he found the scene. I happened to be sitting in front of the gentleman. Aside from the obvious interruption I cannot fathom why anyone would do this in a public space.

This sadly is technically not the worst thing to happen in this building however but that's a story for another day.

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#828 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:42 am

I had a similar experience (though nonverbal) during that scene and I am still totally puzzled by how such a banal, dull love scene has managed to result in multiple outbursts

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#829 Post by tenia » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:17 am

I'm always wondering what these people are trying to achieve by this. Do they have somebody in the audience they know and want to impress by being loud, stupid and obnoxious ?

I often saw this kind of behaviour from guys being part of a group, but almost never from somebody alone.

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#830 Post by djproject » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:43 am

Big Ben wrote:...in the dump known as AMC Theaters in Great Falls Montana...
I wonder if that was once where my parents saw This Is Spinal Tap way back in the day. If so, they were the ones laughing at the theatre (particularly at the line: "The Boston gig has been cancelled. But I wouldn't worry about it though. Not a big college town.")

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#831 Post by domino harvey » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:32 am

Finding Charlize Theron attractive is one of those default states I assume everyone shares, it truly does not need to be said unless one believes differently

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#832 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:28 pm

I just think Big Ben is being rather generous in describing the chap as a "gentleman". A gentleman never reveals that he left home without his lube!

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#833 Post by Mungo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:17 pm

My girlfriend was the only one to audibly go bonkers over Theron in the screening I saw today, though one person out of a total of four isn't a bad ratio.

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#834 Post by jorencain » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:49 pm

I was at the theater, seeing the horrible "The Nut Job 2" with my 4 year old. In the lobby, an older couple was asking for a refund for their tickets to "The Dark Tower." They left after 25 minutes because it is "too dark. And satanic." They didn't get their money back, but they compromised and watched "The Nut Job" instead. I'm just curious what makes a movie satanic.

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#835 Post by matrixschmatrix » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:52 pm

I think McConaughey's character is a pretty straight forward stand in for Satan, so it doesn't seem that unreasonable a concern.

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#836 Post by jorencain » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:39 pm

Ok, I suppose that makes sense. I just wonder what they thought they were going into.

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#837 Post by Big Ben » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:53 pm

McConaughey is playing a character who, in my mind is evil because of what was done to him I don't consider them to be related at all. As stupid as it sounds The Man in Black reminds me more of Chrisopher Nolan's version of The Joker. He does what he does because he can.

Oh and King himself says he's not representative of Satan. So there's that. There's more to The Man in Black than meets the eye though. More going on. But no spoilers!

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#838 Post by Ribs » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:57 pm

And Akiva Goldsman's last passion project casually featured a cameo from Will Smith playing Lucifer. So he might have mined on that reading for this film too.

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#839 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:37 pm

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#841 Post by swo17 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:48 pm

Those symbols of innocence sitting next to me ruined my enjoyment of the filthy movie.

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#842 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:57 pm

Charging full or double price for kids seems at best risky. They start screaming or causing trouble, their idiot parents who paid that much can claim a good defense out of that.

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#843 Post by Ribs » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:18 pm

I had a new one last week: guy in front of me just took off his shirt for the duration of the movie at the first previews.

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#844 Post by Big Ben » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:05 pm

When I saw It two weeks ago a woman behind me screamed through the whole film stating "I hate this movie! I hate this movie!" And then when it was revealed there would be a second chapter she expressed a loud groan and proclaimed "This is bullshit! I have to come back for another one?!?"

And on the topic of children in R rated films sitting several rows below me where two parents and four or five children who could not have been older than ten. They were better behaved than the woman behind me.

The film however aside from the woman was very well received by the audience. Probably one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had with one. Everyone was really into it.

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#845 Post by cdnchris » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:01 pm

Big Ben wrote: And on the topic of children in R rated films sitting several rows below me where two parents and four or five children who could not have been older than ten. They were better behaved than the woman behind me.
I was rather horrified to see a 5-year old in our screening. I'm judging and I shouldn't as I've let my kids watch plenty of shit they shouldn't but there's no way I'd let them watch It now, despite my daughter begging us to take her. At one point the child and her mother left and I figured the kid got scared and wanted to leave. But nope, apparently it was just a bathroom break because they came back shortly thereafter and the kid was running back to her seat, looking pretty excited.

The kid was quiet too.


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#847 Post by Morbii » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:05 am

cdnchris wrote: I was rather horrified to see a 5-year old in our screening.
Years ago, I saw 8mm in the theater. There was a mother with her kid that couldn’t have been more than 5 there. I never forgot that.

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#848 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:48 am

I heard one story about a guy who played it on a Greyhound bus, which had parents and their kids on it. When one of the parents began to object, the driver was rude to them in response.

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#849 Post by Lost Highway » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:14 am

domino harvey wrote:Finding Charlize Theron attractive is one of those default states I assume everyone shares, it truly does not need to be said unless one believes differently
No I feel under pressure to loudly announce that I‘m not attracted to her, the next time I watch a film starring Theron.

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#850 Post by med » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:10 pm

Don't know when they started doing this, but AMC Theatres no longer masks their projections

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