Support your local cinema, live and love film.

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    Feb 13, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    This has got to be one of my favourite closing speeches (Stephen Fry on BAFTA 2012):

    "It has always been true to say that we live in difficult and dark times, but it has never been truer than today. In times of austerity, doubt, darkness, and fear, films can allow us to escape from the burdens and hardships of life. And they can shine a light on injustice. Film can reduce us to quivering wrecks with laughter, to help us forget and it can stun us with truth to help us remember. There’s no right or wrong genre or style of film. Next year more stories will have been put together to remind us that the art of movie storytelling is more alive than ever, blessed with as much creative talent as it ever has been in its history. I am so proud to have been allowed to stand here tonight as your host. Let’s all keep lining up for tickets and sitting in the dark. Support your local cinema, live and love film. From us all, thank you and good night."
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Maybe if they'd charge me only 8 times the cost of the popcorn instead of 800 times.

    I don't go to the movies as an exercise in buying power. Other kinds of shows, plays, concerts, musicals.. are different.
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidMaybe if they'd charge me only 8 times the cost of the popcorn instead of 800 times.

    God, popcorn must be really cheap in Canada. In the US, a small movie popcorn is about 1/3 the price of a ticket (even if only worth about 1/10 of the ticket).
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    SkinnyBitch saidMaybe if they'd charge me only 8 times the cost of the popcorn instead of 800 times.

    God, popcorn must be really cheap in Canada. In the US, a small movie popcorn is about 1/3 the price of a ticket (even if only worth about 1/10 of the ticket).


    I mean the "at cost" price of the popcorn with (800x being the markup). So if the popcorn costs them 2 cents to make, 0.02 x 800 = $16.

    Well, maybe 800x is a little more than they do.
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    Feb 13, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    The statement is pretty rare that it works with the blockbuster (general audience) films. It is more true with the independent films. Thankfully, there are quite a few places that play independent films around me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 13, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I was watching the Bafta's and I was thinking 'OMG what a load of corporate nonsense Stephen Fry is spewing'

    The event is sponsored by Orange who has a stake in movie going due to their Orange Wednesday promotion.

    With a recession on, seeing a bunch of rich movie stars ask me to stop piracy whilst they rob my wallet to go and see the latest self indulgent rubbish that passes for cinema these days at the multiplex left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Tosh !
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    Feb 13, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidMaybe if they'd charge me only 8 times the cost of the popcorn instead of 800 times.
    I don't go to the movies as an exercise in buying power. Other kinds of shows, plays, concerts, musicals.. are different.

    Well, you can still go to the cinema to see a film and not buy any popcorn. icon_wink.gif
    I don't go very often either, perhaps 2-3 times a year.
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    Feb 13, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
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    SkinnyBitch saidMaybe if they'd charge me only 8 times the cost of the popcorn instead of 800 times.
    I don't go to the movies as an exercise in buying power. Other kinds of shows, plays, concerts, musicals.. are different.

    Well, you can still go to the cinema to see a film and not buy any popcorn. icon_wink.gif
    I don't go very often either, perhaps 2-3 times a year.


    Everything is overpriced though. I couldn't go without feeling like a sucker. The cost of my self-respect is something I'm not willing to pay. They can stand to pay the stars a few fewer millions in order to lower ticket price. But I know that's a pipe dream.

    Still won't be going to the cinema unless it's 3D best movie of the decade.
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    Feb 14, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidI was watching the Bafta's and I was thinking 'OMG what a load of corporate nonsense Stephen Fry is spewing'

    The event is sponsored by Orange who has a stake in movie going due to their Orange Wednesday promotion.

    With a recession on, seeing a bunch of rich movie stars ask me to stop piracy whilst they rob my wallet to go and see the latest self indulgent rubbish that passes for cinema these days at the multiplex left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Tosh !

    I only watched the second half but I don't recall Stephen Fry mentioning Orange once. Must have been in the first half or when I was grabbing a bite in the kitchen.

    Nothing wrong with corporate sponsorship I'd say. A perfectly legitimate way to pay for an event like this (or at least part of it). Plus if I were a sponsor I'd most likely expect some sort of recognition.

    I agree that some of the "art" that passes for cinema these days is rubbish, but going to see it is no one else's decision but yours. You don't have to do it if you don't want to.