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Mark Kermode | 11:00 UK time, Friday, 14 October 2011

Several people have suggested to me that the Cinema Code of Conduct is a bit negative and that what we need now is a complementary guide about what you can do to really enhance the film going experience. I'm looking for your input - together we can make a difference...

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Mark. Maybe you could go about rewording some of the previous rules. Maybe one of them being more like 'Respect that there are other people around you watching the film', just making it sound more positive that way. I quite like the current 'Code' though, sometimes you have to be strict! :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Always go into a film optimistically and with an open mind. Expect to be moved, entertained and thrilled.

    Even if it's Transformers 3 - the extended directors cut [in 3D].

  • Comment number 3.

    Just a few suggestions off the top of my head. Hope those are helpful.

    Do respect other people's personal space

    Do turn off your mobile phone, please

    Do respect the film and the filmmakers by remaining quiet

    Do get up to let other people past, when asked

  • Comment number 4.

    Do clap at the end if it was a good film! I always enjoy that - makes me feel I've stepped back in time and shared a collective experience...

  • Comment number 5.

    Ermmm.......

    Support your local independents.
    Complain, if necessary.
    Respect others around you.
    Preserve the innocence of childhood.
    Eat healthily (ie nothing available at a cinema concession)
    Surprise yourself, go and see films outside your usual viewing patterns.
    Embrace subtitles.
    Enjoy yourself.

  • Comment number 6.

    Do..
    1) become a member of a good cinema, art house or multiplex as you please.
    2) go to the cinema regularly and mix it up with indie/blockbuster/etc
    3) remember to bring your (non 3d) glasses with you otherwise all films become "the fog"; and not in a good way.
    4) go during the day preferably during the week when cinema is quiet and you can luxuriate in your chosen seat with space aplenty.
    5) take advantage of oversized cola containers and overpriced cinema drinks by bringing along a hip flask of whisky to sneak into your cola. Optional extra I agree but quite a nice one.
    6) go to the cinema bar afterwards and have lengthy debates with your friends about it, especially for films like Inception and Lost Highway that mess with your head.

    That's my lot for now. ta.
    7)

  • Comment number 7.

    Do stand up to let people past, or if the film has started swivel your knees.

    Do try and encourage your local cinema be they a Mulitplex or a local independant to get small independant films shown and GO AND WATCH THEM!

    Do try different types of films who knows you may like them.....

    Do feel free to compliment any member of staff who does a good job

    Do feel free to laugh/cheer/clap where appropriate remember this is an entertainment experience not a lecture

    but most of all do enjoy yourself

  • Comment number 8.

    Do sit in the middle of the row rather than right next to the aisle, or don't complain when people want to get past you (obviously this depends on where the aisle is placed in the cinema, if it's in the middle then naturally you'll want to sit by it but don't moan about people coming past)

    Do remove necklaces/bracelets etc that make a noise. It's even more distracting than popcorn rustling.

  • Comment number 9.

    Before the film starts do give a power point presentation describing all the rules in Mark Kermode's and Simon Mayo's Code of Conduct.

  • Comment number 10.

    Oh, and do keep your opinions about the film to yourself until you're safely outside the cinema. I love that people discuss films, but I'd really prefer not to hear about the amazing twist ending right before I go in to see the same film.

  • Comment number 11.

    Do transfer sweets from noisy packets into less noisy foodbags or cling film.

    Do arrive early to take your seat before the lights go down

    Do have a bath/shower before going to the cinema, especially after a hard days work

  • Comment number 12.

    Like most people, our family likes to clap loudly when the title card appears. We are on a night out after all. But we also like to clap whenever the title of the film is spoken onscreen.

    On this basis we really enjoyed Hanna and Kick-Ass, less-so Inception, and Antichrist was a total washout. High hopes for Melancholia though.

    Probably won't bother with The Artist.

  • Comment number 13.

    Don't complain if someone is eating popcorn too loudly. Offer them one of the feed bags you brought with you for such an occasion so that they can stick their popcorn and head in it thus muffling the noise.
    Note ballgags for those who decide to talk would be taking this too far.
    If attending a former arts cinema that has been converted into a bar rather than wandering in and out everytime you need a refill (note the Electric cinemas idea of encoruaging people to use their mobile phones by accepting texted orders is abominable) come prepared with a drinks holder and buy all your drinks in advance.

  • Comment number 14.

    @DameHedwig

    You are Danny Baker AICM$5

  • Comment number 15.

    DO go and STICK your HEAD in a BUCKET if you can't SHUT UP!

    (Or is that still a bit negative?)

  • Comment number 16.

    When a film is appaulingly bad, leave early and do ask for your money back. You paid good money and spent a lot of time to be entertained so make it clear that the film was not up to standard.

    If you have purchased popcorn or other cinema snacks try to consume them before the film begins.

    If another moviegoer is breaching any of the original list of rules do not be afraid to confront them or inform cinema staff.

    Avoid multiplex cinemas and instead go for little local ones.

    And oh yeah, just don't bring children, ever. No good can ever come out of it.

  • Comment number 17.

    If you buy a drink, do throw away the straw and drink it like an adult.

  • Comment number 18.

    Always see films in 2d.

  • Comment number 19.

    Do:
    - Tell the person in front if you spill your drink, so they can pick up their bag in time and not have to wipe sticky coke off it later.
    - Report anyone who's being disruptive or offensive (particularly if they're commenting in swear words when there are young kids in the audience).
    - Say thank you to the people who sweep up and bag the discarded food and drink containers, it can't be a pleasant job.
    - Stay till the end of the credits, if you've really enjoyed the film. It's a mark of respect, and sometimes you get rewarded with a little extra vignette.
    - Embrace the community spirit as you leave a film. Once I left a screening (it was Brokeback Mountain) crying a little bit. Another woman was dabbing her eyes too, and we shared a little moment of mutual understanding. It was nice.

  • Comment number 20.

    Sigh, alas I can't see you on your book tour because I'm on the wrong continent! I must admit I'm guilty of the mobile phone before the movie and even during the previews, but not during the movie itself! Well, maybe once. Or twice. I'm not proud...

  • Comment number 21.

    10 or so random DOs for the theater.

    1 Do take your trash with you afterwards. The usher is only there to clean up after accidents and the TRULY lazy.

    2 Do stay awake. If you're too tired to watch a film, you shouldn't be there. It's quite possible that you snore and there's nothing more rude than going to a movie and snoring, thereby simultaneously being obnoxious and forcing your own commentary of the film upon others before the film is even over.

    3 Do choose a good film to support with your wallet. There is never ANY reason to watch any horror film sequel past 'Part Three' in a movie theater (and 'Part Deux' is pushing it, really).

    4 DO choose seats that are not directly behind, in front of or next to someone else if there are still hundreds of seats available. You're being insufferable.

    5 Da do do do... Da dah dah dah... Is all I want to say to you...

    6 Do stop watching the film and offer assistance to anyone having a heart attack or choking on a popcorn kernel. There is no film important enough to continue watching while someone is expiring, even IF the film is Lars Von Trier's latest offering... Mark*.

    7 If someone does have to leave during the film (for the bathroom** or for any other reason) and they are in the middle of the aisle, give the person as much room as you possibly can instead of refusing to move your feet, which this person may trip over in the dark.

    8 Do come to the theater fully showered (especially if you work in the sanitation industry). There is nothing worse than sitting next to someone who decided to run a marathon JUST before walking into the theater.

    9 If you're going to "SHHHHHH!!!" someone for breaking one of the sound related Rules of the Code of Conduct, try to at least be cordial. "SHHHHH!!!"s can be just as obnoxious as the original offending party and two wrongs don't make a right.

    10 Do watch the credits afterwards. Other people worked on the film besides the actors.




    * Yes, I know Mark has helped carry someone out of the theater who had passed out during a film. That was for comedic effect, successful or not.
    **Whoops. Is it 'loo' over there in the UK? Whatever...

  • Comment number 22.

    It's easy to turn Don'ts into Do's. I think the cinema should give you a sort of guarantee with the issue of the ticket, which says something on the lines of:-
    This ticket entitles you to enjoy this film without being disturbed by others talking, texting, noisly eating/drinking etc; it entitles you to watch this film presented in focus and with the proper sound; it entitles you to watch it in comparative comfort. If any of these entitlements are lacking we guarantee to immediately and effectively deal with any issues you raise.
    We want you to enjoy this film to its fullest extent as intended by the film-maker and distributor and to come back time & again. Thank you for your custom.
    (PS: Please take your seat promptly as entry is prevented after the main feature has started.

  • Comment number 23.

    People should already KNOW how to properly behave, they are ADULTS! Honestly, I despair.

    DO shut up.
    DO sit still.
    DO pick up your litter.
    DO switch off your phone prior to entering premises.
    DO complain to the management if you have cause to do so.
    DO compliment the establishment if you have enjoyed your experience.
    DO leave the cinema as you found it.
    DO exit in an orderly manner.

  • Comment number 24.

    Perhaps more for arthouse cinemas - do suggest less well-known films to the management that might otherwise not get shown.

    Do bring along friends to films they may otherwise not see.

    Do be polite to all the staff.

  • Comment number 25.

    @23, I love 'DO shut up', reminded me of this:- http://simpsons.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Do_Shut_Up

    My main gripe has to be about parenting (or lack thereof) in cinemas so to make this positive, DO check the BBFC website before watching a film so you know what you and junior are in for and therefore have no cause to act morally outraged that the latest 12A isn't suitable for your 4-year-old, DO ensure that your child will not get bored/upset and start bugging other people by crying/fidgeting/shouting (and take them out if they do) and of course, DO introduce them to (appropriate) films from a young age and encourage good behaviour from the start. Hopefully then they will not grow up to be the rude and inconsiderate people that drive us all nuts!

  • Comment number 26.

    I was overjoyed to see that Scorsese's Goodfellas was included as part of the BMW Origins film season. Having never seen it on the big screen I was looking forward to the chance of seeing it in its full glory.

    However, imagine my disapointment at having to suffer the continual annoyance of people (students) texting and talking throughout the movie. I therefore DID complain to the theatre management and suggested a pre-movie trailer by yours truly suggesting, nay, demanding people switch off their phones and refrain from talking over the duration of the film.

    My additions to this list of positivity would be directed mainly at students, who the Picturehouse cinemas have decided in their ultimate wisdom are the new demographic that will save them from an early demise. Happy Mondays, the new student night, has ruled out ever visiting a Picturehouse cinema on Mondays, and all the extra benefits afforded students has begun to make any evening showing a nightmare of texting and distracting conversation.

    I would suggest

    Remember, This is not the front room of your student house, and we are not watching Deal or No Deal!!!

  • Comment number 27.

    I'd like to echo the Do stay and watch the credits, at least if you liked the movie. Not only is this a way to show respect to all the many people that have made the film you've just enjoyed, but also good film makers may reward you with fun and useless information, such as which movie makes the claim "'No Jews were harmed in the making of this motion picture", or caveats "All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living, dead, or undead, is purely coincidental." or that you should "ask for Babs" if you ever visit Universal Studios. One famous comedy will tell you the best place to go during a tornado, the author of A Tale of Two Cities, and the 13th President of the United States. So there.

    Failing that, you can always check out the music credits. There might be something missing from your music collection. Unfortunately there is no law requiring everyone to own X's cover of Breathless. There oughta be.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hold a ten pound note in your hand, (dont rustle), throughout the film to remind yourself how much this experience has cost you. You are more likley to complain afterwards. Don't just complain about projection issues. If your seat is wet, the floor sticky, the air conditioning on too high/low, music too loud/quiet, lighting not dim enough, trailers on too long... complain!
    If someone is misbehaving themselves during the film, don't go up to them afterwards and moan, go to the Manager of the cinema who should have removed them themselves via the employment of a professional Usher!

  • Comment number 29.

    do say for most of end-credits
    do thank management for good experience
    do suggest restoration of front tabs for screen
    do comment on appropriateness of pre-film soundtack
    do comment on film-awareness in f-o-h displays,lay out,design etc
    do praise film knowledge of f-o-h team...or not
    do ensure the management feel pride in their venue because of the audience experience....enable them to feel vital in the film process...without caring exhibitors the cinema is bland and impersonal
    do return and make yourself known to management team...tell them how much you value the particular experience at their venue
    do try to visit other types/styles/sizes of venue and create a list of favourites to bring into cinema discussions.......do all multiplexes have to look the same-does the brand have to duplicate exact models....individuality is attractive....
    do consider the advantages of the new Screening Rooms style boutique experience being introduced by Cineworld........great settings but a little film cold f-o-h.

  • Comment number 30.

    Do thank the staff who hold the doors open for you after a screening.
    I'm sick of people ignoring them - I always thank them and they look pleasantly surprised that I do so.
    I think I already thanked about 14 staff members so far at LFF alone.

  • Comment number 31.

    If you see an usher anytime during the screening of the film, pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming.

  • Comment number 32.

    If you see no anti-pirate or thank you ads before the film, thank the management for not wasting your time.

  • Comment number 33.

    Make every effort to go early when the giggling, popcorn munching chatters (who are there just to socialize with each other) are not around.

    Perhaps make suggestions about certain early showings that benefit people who are there JUST FOR THE MOVIE EXPERIENCE.

    I think Cineaste viewings should be implemented into membership so we pay an amount for the year to allow only true film viewings that disallow popcorn and other loud bites etc and have strict guidelines about conduct in the details.

    This is probably a bit too much but I'd like to see this

  • Comment number 34.

    Do:

    -- Take your own food and drink. It's very easy to take a bottle of water/coke/brandy (just in case film's garbage) in a handbag/satchel/pocket. It's also very easy to shove a packet of crisps/bar of chocolate/bag of popcorn in too.

    If 50% of cinema-goers did this then the prices for food and drink would go down.

    If you are seriously that desperate to get Nachos, ice cream or a Hot Dog then eat it beforehand. No-one ever comes out of a cinema talking about what they ate and drank.

    I make this point especially with drinks. Why spend £5 on a bucket of coke when you can buy six cans for £3 in the shop?

  • Comment number 35.

    In response to comment 26 by waerdknott - not all students are incapable of behaving in a cinema. I'm a student and behave perfectly in a cinema, I won't even let my friends buy popcorn because it's too noisy. Just because people are students, doesn't mean they can't watch a film without being disruptive. Same goes for teenagers, I went to see an over-18s only showing of Toy Story, and it was actually one of the worst cinema experiences I've ever had in terms of disruption from audience members.

  • Comment number 36.

    Just to respond to a couple of these:

    Whoever said if the movie sucks that you should leave and ask for your money back is completely wrong. YOU chose to watch the movie, it is YOUR responsibility to pick a movie that you will like. If it's called Horror Stabby Stabby 12 chances are, it's not gonna be any good. Don't whine about your mistakes.

    Don't be averse to buying cinema snacks at independent cinemas. It helps to keep them alive.

    My suggestion of dos:

    DO show emotion outwardly if you feel so compelled. A scream or a laugh from a stranger greatly contributes to the cinema experience. (Unless you are that annoying teenager that kept saying 'hello, Bruce Willis' every time he appeared onscreen during RED)

    DO take your rubbish with you.

    DO take your time leaving the theatre, there is no rush.

    DO intervene when someone is disrupting the entire experience. A half second 'sshhh' is appreciated by an entire audience if it avoids 2 hours of talking.

  • Comment number 37.

    say hi to people sitting right next to you, even if its just a nod. you're just about to share an experience (hopefully).

  • Comment number 38.

    @ 37. - yeah people in the UK tend to just chat with those they came with - it's mainly the more arthouse cinemas where you feel those around you would be interested in a chat about the film you have just watched.

    Also it'd be a great way to start a small film society of keen enthusiasts at your local screens.

    Great idea!

  • Comment number 39.

    hi Mark,

    If you've given a movie a fair chance and watched at least an hour, but the film is boring you to tears DO walk out. If a film is going nowhere and is offensive to your senses WALK OUT.

    But only if you've given it a fair chance. Walking out after 15 minutes is stupid.

  • Comment number 40.

    Dear fellow film-goer,

    I am looking forward to sharing this cinema experience with you, lets hope we all have a great night. After all, we've already spent more money than we thought we would on tickets and bags of air containing but a few chunks of broken Twirls.

    I'm feel confident that we, as adults, can follow the codes of conduct, as highlighted on the informative and award winning Radio 5 show, without having them pointed out to us.

    If you are unsure of the rules worry not. For if you break just one then the big, angry looking bald man walking towards your seat now is possibly me and I am no doubt about to either remind you or offer you a re-education.

    Enjoy the show folks!

    jenk0

  • Comment number 41.

    If you have to eat food in the cinema, DO only eat when the volume increases, on more noisy scenes. Think of your fellow film viewers who have only come to see the film.

  • Comment number 42.

    If you have a mobile phone that has an offer for a free ticket on a particular day, make sure people you know know about it - even offer a stranger a chance to see the film you are going to see. Cinema on your own is not as much fun as with someone else.

  • Comment number 43.

    I have to agree with the following do's:

    DO take your rubbish after you. You wouldn't leave your empty containers sitting around at home.

    Do thank the cinema staff. It's only polite and might make them feel less soulless working for a multiplex chain.

    Do complain to the management if something is wrong with the film. I have on more than one occasion with the sync was out, the sound wasn't on, the picture wasn't aligned.

    Do get to know the staff at your local cinema. It helps to strike up relationships with the employees if you're a regular.

    Do wait until you leave the cinema before giving away any plot spoilers.

  • Comment number 44.

    when someone is killed in a horror movie you should jump out of your seat and give a cheer ... after all, we're there to support the bad guys right?

    couple of other things:
    - turn up on time ... this means before the ads start
    - go to the loo before the film starts

  • Comment number 45.

    Hello all,

    A little common sense that often gets overlooked by cinephiles:

    Not everyone has researched the film and may not be familiar with the director or concepts behind the story etc, so DO bring them up to speed before you go.

    If nothing else it is a great chance to have a beer and a chat but also avoids them feeling awkward if they don't get the movie or any 'in jokes' you may understand.

    In short do all you can to ensure that your movie buddies will enjoy the movie. Even if this means not taking them to the latest danish masterpiece as an unprepared mind can easily be turned away from the more challenging although also more rewarding areas of the cinema experience.

  • Comment number 46.

    As a sign of respect when I go to friend's houses I always take my shoes off. I therefore suggest the same should apply when going to your friendly independent cinema. It's also increases your comfort & if, like me, you suffer badly from Reynauds disease (cold hands & feet) when you sit buddha style on your feet you won't muck up the seat.

    Yes I know this was in your "dont's" list but I think that decision should be revised. Feet/socks DO NOT (he says in capitals) smell unless you only change/wash them once a month. Ok, week. Believe you me the kind of friends I have would certainly tell me if I had malodorous footsies/socksies.

  • Comment number 47.

    My advice, rather than a rule, would be: Do explore different cinemas in and around your area, especially smaller ones. The Rex in Berkhamsted and Cinema City in Norwich spring to mind as offering a very good cinema experience.

  • Comment number 48.

    I have a bit of a problem with the "positive" view of things. Rules are generally guidelines that stop you from doing something "usually" stupid. It's generally easier to write down a list of things you should not do than a list of things you can do (were these people suggesting a less negative view, social workers?)!!

    Basically you can do everything as long as it does not contravene the code of conduct! For example; you can blink, scratch your nose, think about cheese and many many other things...

    Has anyone ever heard of the "law of the excluded middle...?"

  • Comment number 49.

    Do respect the love seats. They're meant for two.

    Mark Kermode's fan from Zagreb, Croatia

  • Comment number 50.

    Hello Mark, tricky one this , bit of a "watchdog" item perhaps.. regarding two movies " the fallen" and "the final sacrifice". I purchased both dvd movies from tesco at the same time and they are the same movie. Tesco does not appear interested .. Can you warn the public? Can you comment on wether you regard it to be the same movie or a "companion piece? More details are below.hello again,

    Regards,
    Robert Telfer
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    e-mail to tesco...17.10.2011

    I thank you for your recent telephone call in which you tried to convince me that the two movies were not the same. I have attached some other remarks from others who somehow seem to think the same as me on this matter. I would also advise that your advice to take the matter up with the films director and producer was rather flippant and cheeky.

    I wrote in order to make your compamy aware of this matter, that you and your buyer are being missled by this 2011 movie. I mean even the image on the front of the dvd cover does not have any bearing on the movie- the scene suggested is not in it at all.

    What the director has done is remove some 25 minutes of footage and add some 4 minutes of dropped footage ( obviously from the original film) plus insert 4 minutes of images of assorted allied ww2 aircraft flying by and trying to relate that to some action from the original movie (The Fallen). I shall write to Mark Kermode on this and seek his informed opinion as to wether an additional 5 or more minutes added to a movie establishes a right to rename the movie.

    Again I believe that Tesco is obliged to the public it serves and should look into this matter further, oerhaps stickering the dvd case or getting compensation from it seller/distributor.

    Regards,

    Robert Telfer

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    By

    Mr. S. H. J. Palmer - See all my reviews
    (REAL NAME)

    This review is from: The Final Sacrifice [DVD] [2010] (DVD)

    I cant say just how dissapointing this film is if you have already seen The Fallen.It is made by the same director and stars the same actors.That being because it is the same film just repackaged.I dont mean that the odd scene has been used again from the Fallen but the whole film.I cannot remember if there was anything new here at all.So if you have seen or own The Fallen prepare yourself for a letdown.As for the film its

  • Comment number 51.

    When going to the cinema patrons should'
    Watch films with subtitles, unless your twelve years old complaining about reading words of the screen is ridiculous.
    Where ever posssible see films at an independent cinema.
    If you possess an 'unlimited card' use it to see all the films on the bill, rather than seeing the same film twenty times.
    Form your own opinions rather than subscribing to someone else's, just because Mark doesn't "get" 'Schindlers list' doesn't mean hes right.(as regards to 'Breaking the waves' he does have a point)
    Take a chance on films you know nothing about' going into a film "blind" can be very rewarding.
    If you purchase food consume it before the feature, after all your there to see a film not to eat.

  • Comment number 52.

    DO ask people people to be quiet if they are talking during the film and disturbing you.

    As hard as it may be for an englishman to do ('suffer in silence' was my school motto) iv found that actually confronting the chatters very effective. They tend to to react in one of the following ways:

    A) They tell me to stuff it and carry on talking
    B) They tell me to stuff it but then shut up because they are embarrassed
    C) They just nod and shut up

    I happy to say I have had more B's and C's than A's and as a result have enjoyed movies a lot more this summer.

  • Comment number 53.

    Do be able to Cry.

    Whether your a man woman or child. If a film moves you, let the tears flow.

    You don't have to do the man cough or stay for the entire credits so no one sees your red eyes on exit.

  • Comment number 54.

    This is my first post - been listening to the podcast every Monday morning on my one hour cycle to work. great way to start the week, love the show, love movies.

    I think the code of conduct is unnecessary. The following will offend the good Doctor's socialist ethics, but we should have screenings that are 'classed'.

    A 'class A' screening will consist of the following:

    1) A film that has been recommended by an approved critic
    2) A crowd that by buying a ticket enters into a contract to obey the code of conduct.

    A 'class B' film will be:

    1) A film that has been recommended by an approved critic
    2) A crowd that can, if they wish, behave like animals in a zoo.

    A 'class C' film will be:

    1) A film that has been panned by an approved critic
    2) A crowd that by buying a ticket enters into a contract to obey the code of conduct.

    A 'class D' film will be:

    1) A film that has been panned by an approved critic
    2) A crowd that can, if they wish, behave like the English rugby team on an 'evening out'. (apologies to Dr K for the sporting analogy)

    A 'class E' film will be:

    1) A Michael Bay film
    2) A group of people stupid enough to be parted from their hard earned money in exchange for a 3 hour experience that would easily be bettered by 90 seconds of soft pornography.

    Your question might be: "how do we enforce the code in classes A and C?"

    Any transgressors are thrown out by ushers. How do we afford to employ ushers? Their salaries are subsidised by the overpriced popcorn, nachos and rubbish sold to those watching films in classes B,D and E.

    I think I should call this my 'final solution'.

    Cheers boys, hello to Jason etc.

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Mark. I am a long time listener to the podcast and regular blog watcher. First time commentor.
    After recently going to see Melancholia at Cornerhouse Manchester with the better half (a film which we both thoroughly enjoyed at a venue we absolutely love) on our way home my good lady commented that it was so nice to be in a cinema where everybody around us was behaving correctly. How we were surrounded by people who just wanted to watch and enjoy the film, not talk all the way through it, not kick the backs of our chairs, and what a wonderful thing this was. This got me thinking of everytime I've had to ask somebody to stop kicking my chair or stop talking and the barrage of unecessary abuse that has followed. I think that one of the new "Do's" should be that you are respectful of other people's wishes in the cinema. If somebody ask's you to please be quiet (although you shouldn't have been talking in the first place), do it. They have paid just as much as you so have the decency to respect your fellow cinema-goer and DO abide by the code of conduct.
    I'll admit this is a pretty minor point, but in the immortal words of Jack Nicholson..."Can't we all just...get along" (Mars attacks).
    Keep up the good work. Loved the new book by the way.

  • Comment number 56.

    I completely agree about complaining about the projection, but from an unusual angle.

    After I finished college in the early 1990s, I worked as a cinema usher in Dublin's only independent arthouse cinema. 2 screens - a lovely auditorium, and then Screen 2 was a weird mezzanine space, perhaps where the balcony might have been in days of yore.

    However, while "scope" projections were fine in the main screen, they were never ever acceptable in the little "Screen 2". The screen itself wasn't perfectly perpendicular to the beam coming from the projector. While this was tolerable in normal 16:9 ratio, in "scope" (Google tells me it's 2.39:1) at least half of the screen area (anything beyond a limited central strip) was embarrassingly out of focus.

    And yet so few people complained. I (as an usher) couldn't be in there for more than a few seconds because it was so embarrassing. (And yet it was an architectural/engineering thing)...

    So complain. Often screens aren't flat! So there are areas of a screen that will be out of focus when most of the picture is! This often happens at the edges of the screen - the outer 6ths or 8ths.

    (So it's not just the automated projector-bots who get it wrong! It's also the builders/architects/setter-uppers...

  • Comment number 57.

    Do...... STAY AND WATCH THE CREDITS!!!!!!

  • Comment number 58.

    Do take all your rubbish with you and leave the auditorium as clean as it was when you came in.

  • Comment number 59.

    Agree completely with numero 4. Applauding a great movie is something that so seldom happens. I've tried to instigate it several times to no avail.

 

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