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It's just not that much fun anymore!

  • Oct 14, 2009
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You walk through the doors of a multiplex and pay $12 or $13 for a ticket.  Next, you are herded like sheep into one of the dozen or more cookie-cutter auditoriums that have all of the ambiance of a self-storage unit only to find that commercials for the local furniture store or Chevy dealer are running on the big screen.  Then you are subjected to 7 or 8 trailers for upcoming movies, each one dumber than the one before it.  If you a craving a box of popcorn and a soda be prepared to drop around eight bucks for the privilege ( I usually resist this urge by picking up a bag of M & M's on the way to the theater for about sixty cents.)  And on top of all of this you occasionally have to deal with some loud and very inconsiderate people sitting nearby.  By the time the feature film finally begins I am usually kicking myself for having come in the first place.  It is for these reasons and a whole host more that I rarely if ever have any desire to go the movies.  I would simply rather stay at home!

The simple fact of the matter is that II find the quality of most of the movies being released today to be positively abysmal.  When I see the trailers for these films on TV I simply shake my head and wonder why in the world anyone would want to invest the time and $13.00 to see them.  I am dumbstruck by the fact that parents not only allow their kids to see this garbage but frequently take them to the show themselves!   It appears to me that what Hollywood is dishing up these days is plenty of senseless violencesexual innuendo and tasteless humor.  Aside from that what's not to like?   Hollywood keeps pushing the envelope and the lowest common denominator keeps sinking lower and lower.  And if you have any standards at all you just might be labelled as some kind of right wing lunatic!   Meanwhile,  I am not at all impressed with the excessive use of special effects in today's motion pictures.  I think it is marvelous that filmakers have this capabilty and special effects can be extremely effective when used with some discretion.  But for me spectacular special effects can never take the place of supurb writing and inspired acting performances which seem to be in very short supply these days.  I don't mean condemn all of the movies being made nowadays.  I'm quite sure that there are some gems being made every now and then but is it extremely difficult for me to find them amidst all of the noise and hype.  Perhaps I will catch them on DVD one day.

Call me old fashioned, call me a prude but I came to the conclusion a long time ago that movies are simply much more enjoyable at home.  My wife and I love to snuggle up on the couch and watch a couple of movies on a weekend night.  The vast majority of what we watch are movies from the 1940's and 1950's.  We love films featuring people like Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn to name but a few.  We own a rather large collection of films and live close to the local library which offers hundreds more.  We never lack for something to watch.  Every so often my wife laments the fact that we don't go to the movies anymore.  Then we see the trailers for upcoming releases on TV and realize why we have given up on this activity.  It really is a shame. 
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October 14, 2009
Hi Paul.....I love this review and had to respond as my husband and I feel the same way about films as you and Molly. We've pretty much quit going and when we do go, we're usually sorry. The last two films we walked out on, as the acting stunk and so did the dialogue. Needless to say, theatres are hurting money wise and until they clean up their act, will continue to do so. You bring up so many good points....ticket prices, cookie-cutter auditoriums, too many commericials, trailors, etc., not to mention the stupidity of the films themselves. We're not alone in our thinking. Recently I read a feature on the internet that addresses the same issues you discuss here and the numerous reasons people no longer patronize movie houses. Here's what it said: too much noise and talking in the theatre, concessions are too high priced and of course, too many commercials. Very few people are actually good writers and that's certainly reprsenative in the films that are released. Like you, I have a hugh film library and watch most movies in the comfort of my home. I admire intelligent dialogue and that's difficult to find in this age of constant and repeititive pop culture. Hollywood has lost over half its jobs and that includes the myriad of writers that once was. By the way, don't tell anybody, but when I have the nerve to see a flick (which is rare) I tote my own food, including drinks, water and anything else that will fit in my purse.
October 14, 2009
Totally agree with you! That's why I like to read the reviews in the Movies community before I go to the movies so I know which are really worth it :) Out here in Los Angeles they've combined two $$ concepts to make my life more frustrating - bars AND theaters. So after you pay upwards of $15 for your ticket (!!!!!) you can go spend $10 on a Bud Light at the theater bar. Eeesh.
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review by . August 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I'm a movie goer.  I often head to the movies.  Not because I'm hoping to see something good, mind you, but because I'm hoping to see something that might entertain me.  Going to the movies is usually fun for the sake of being able to sit in a seat and see something on the big screen.  And hopefully you won't waste your money.  The number of films I've been disappointed to see in the theaters I can count on one hand.  Even bad movies I'm okay …
Quick Tip by . October 14, 2009
Going to the movies is fun, but its gotten so expensive! I'd rather rent or watch on the internet.
Quick Tip by . October 14, 2009
Going to the movies....not much fun, boring, too noisy, costly, poor quallity films....my film library (and popcorn) so much better!
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I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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