Nobody watches movies anymore

  • Musicman91

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    Oct 20, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
    I watched a few movies with some friends and all they did the whole time was text. Why bother watching the movie! When I watch a movie I get really into it it's pretty distracting when they are texting with the lights flashing and the clicking of the keys. I feel like people live on their phones. It's crazy!
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    Oct 20, 2012 9:43 AM GMT
    People like your friends are part of the reason why I don't go to the movies much these days. It's really annoying when you're like watching a movie and then you suddenly see a bright ass glowing screen a few rows over. And the phone is not on silent, and the text alert goes off every few seconds.

    Another reason.. home theatre tech has gotten so good over the years. You get a better experience watching a movie on Blu-ray on your HDTV and 7.1 audio. New movies get released on home video much faster these days. Just wait a few months and it's on Blu-ray for $20 Best Buy. Wait a little longer and the price will drop even more. Much cheaper than what you'd spend to see it at the theatre.

    I do agree that it's nice to see certain movies on the big screen. But what's the point if you can't enjoy it due to some rude people in the audience?
  • AvgJock

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    Oct 20, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    I watch at least 2 movies per day in my screening room at home -- no texting, no phone.
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 20, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    I prefer to watch them at home, but occasionally something will draw me to the theater. This year, I saw Batman and Prometheus 3D in the theater. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:07 PM GMT
    When I watch movies with friends (not at a theater) they're too busy playing Words with Friends... with their, other, friends.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • PR_GMR

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    Oct 20, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    Musicman91 saidI watched a few movies with some friends and all they did the whole time was text. Why bother watching the movie! When I watch a movie I get really into it it's pretty distracting when they are texting with the lights flashing and the clicking of the keys. I feel like people live on their phones. It's crazy!


    I adore movies.. and I'm actually an independent filmmaker. Have made several shorts. I like to tell horror stories. Sometimes I do comedy. icon_smile.gif

    I hate people that go to the movies to text. Seriously, stay the fuck home.

    I went to see 'Argo' just two nights ago.. and it was fantastic.
  • calibro

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    Oct 20, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    in a theater it's one thing, but if someone is gonna get pissy for their friends texting while watching movies in an informal setting i'm gonna call shenanigans. it's a movie, not heart surgery, and judging by the majority of crap that is made these days, why wouldn't you want to distract yourself?
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    Oct 20, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    I don't mind watching movies but in Australia its like $18 to $19 so I just wait for it to go on dvd which I then hire for $1.
    It's really about the savings for me...
  • ArtistLike

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    Oct 20, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    I watch movies at home. I'm not going to pay $12 for an hour-and-a-half experience bookended with 20 minutes of commercials.

    But I do find it hard to concentrate on long-form narratives these days...checking email every few minutes is just second nature now.
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    Oct 20, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    If you watch them at your house, make a rule and collect all cell phones into a basket before the movie. Or you can just beat them to a bloody pulp, your call. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 20, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    ArtistLike saidI watch movies at home. I'm not going to pay $12 for an hour-and-a-half experience bookended with 20 minutes of commercials.

    But I do find it hard to concentrate on long-form narratives these days...checking email every few minutes is just second nature now.


    The reason why you and a lot of people find it hard is because you've rewired your brain to only allow short spans of attention. The way to FIX that is to force yourself to sit through a movie, force yourself to focus on one thing for more than five minutes (like an hour) etc. Your brain is plastic and it will correct itself.
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    Oct 20, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Hmm. The last few times I went to a movie when some one pulled out their phone, the audience started yelling at them "turn of you're FUCKING phone."

    ... it was wonderful.

    I'm weird. I have a phone for work and family but I fucking hate the thing. On a day where I treat myself, I turn it off and use it only for music.
  • tazzari

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    Oct 20, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    I'm lucky - the little movie theater near me serves mostly the 60-and-up crowd. o one texts - it seems like they actually come to see the film!

    I watch a couple of DVDs per week, and I turn off the damned phone.
  • ArtistLike

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    Oct 20, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    I work in communications in D.C., so I am basically on call like a surgeon. So stupid. icon_sad.gif
  • Musicman91

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    Oct 21, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    calibro saidin a theater it's one thing, but if someone is gonna get pissy for their friends texting while watching movies in an informal setting i'm gonna call shenanigans. it's a movie, not heart surgery, and judging by the majority of crap that is made these days, why wouldn't you want to distract yourself?


    The movies we watched were not "crap" from now a days. They were Back to the Future and the Goonies both picked by my friends to watch. And I'm not getting "pissy" just saying that they picked the movies to watch and barely paid attention to them. So please spare me the shenanigans bull.
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    Oct 21, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    people need to stop thinking that they should pull their cellphones out every possible single minute they can..this includes at the movies, restaurants, talking with friends, sporting events, even watching a movie at someones house...it is incredibly rude but we are now raising a whole generation of people with no etiquette and concern for others just because they have ADD they cant put their wubbies down
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    Oct 21, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    I haven't gone to a movie theatre in like a year and a half, and before that one time it was almost 2 years that I hadn't been to one.
  • Kel_

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    Oct 21, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    My parents are different when it comes to watching movies. I just try not to watch it with them because they get into it that, during the movie, they'll talk about it. DURING THE MOVIE! Frustrates me every time.
    It'll be something like:

    Mom: "Watch out, the killer is right behind you!"
    Dad: "Oh I hope the killer gets her good"
    Me: *thinking to myself. Please, kill me now."
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    Oct 21, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Musicman91 saidI watched a few movies with some friends and all they did the whole time was text. Why bother watching the movie! When I watch a movie I get really into it it's pretty distracting when they are texting with the lights flashing and the clicking of the keys. I feel like people live on their phones. It's crazy!


    I got into a REALLLLLLY bad altercation at the movies when I was 17 with this guy and his girlfriend because they were on their phones and talking extremely loud....a large Dr. Pepper was thrown icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif and I was temporarily banned from the theater lol not sure what happened to them though...icon_confused.gif I really don't care lol