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Thursday, October 14, 2004
Theater Thursday
Movie-Going Habits

So you're going to the movies. We know all about which ones you like, which ones you don't like, your criticisms, your raves, your rants....

Eh. Let's get to the real stuff. What are your movie-going habits?

1) Do you go to the movies alone or with friends/family? Do you know exactly what movie you're going to see before you get there, or do you stand for 30 minutes outside the box office trying to decide between Pauly Shore and Meryl Streep?
I've gone to the movies both alone and with family/friends. I guess it depends on my mood. It may depend on the type of movie I'm going to see...for example, I've seen all the re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy and all the prequels, so far, with Barry (we are going next summer, right?!?) as well as Star Treks VI-Insurrection. But there have been times when I've thought--ya know, I just feel like seeing such-and-such film and I just pick up and go see it. And I generally always have an idea in mind of what I'm going to go see before I go see at the theater. Now the video store...that's a whole different animal.

2) When you go to the movies, do you usually buy:
a) Popcorn? What do you put on it? I love popcorn, but only get it every once in a while. Gotta have butter on it.
b) Cokes? What's your favorite? I am not a big soda drinker...though I do like Sprite: Remix.
c) Candy? What gets stuck most in your teeth? Not a big candy person at the movies.
d) Other (hot dog, nachos, sushi)? Naaaah....for the price they charge for these things I can get better at a restaurant!

3) Do you like it load and raucous in the theatre, or do you immediately stuff crying babies in the nearest waste can? Do you talk back to the screen and interact with the movie, or do you sink way down in your seat and just experience it?
I think it depends on the film. For a comedy, it's fun to have a theater full of people to let the laughter roll. But I will admit that for some films, I far prefer to be totally immersed in the expereince and not have any distractions. Now, I will talk to the previews and offer up sarcastic comments, but once the film starts, I'm usually not offering any opinions or running commentary...what am I?!? A DVD commentary?!?

BONUS) What's your favorite, most memorable movie-going experience? What experience almost (or maybe did) make you vow never to darken the door of a cineplex again?
Well, as I said in question, Barry and I have gone to all the Star Wars re-releases and prequels together, which is really cool. I think those are some of the more memorable. As for a bad experience, it's tied. One was going to see Scream 3 on opening night at a later showing and having some parents bring their five-year old son, who ran up and down during the film behind me...Drove me NUTS! I hate to wish ill upon a child, but I hoped he had some knock-down drag-out nightmares that kept his parents up that night and annoyed them as much as I was annoyed. The other was going to see the X-Files movie at the discount cinema...again, I chose a later showing to avoid noisy families...well, one family brought a small child--as in still in baby carrier. He was fine until about halfway through when he woke up screaming...and they wouldn't take the child out! Ugh! OK, must...stop..typing...getting...angry!

Remember, silence all cell phones, pagers, and electronic devices while answering this quiz. And NO SMOKING!!! (water gun effect)

posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/14/2004 09:20:00 PM | |
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