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21:22 12 Feb 2016
I totally agree, Cinema is the only way to watch a film. I go at least 2\3 times a week,good to here cinema tickets sales uo from last year.
22:22 5 Feb 2016
@33 Dear Keith, I've just read you entire comment and you and your wife had some really bad experiences, which make the usual problems one experience at the cinema look really trivial. But I'm afraid many of those aren't limited to the cinema but some one can encounter whenever one leaves the house. I hardly ever go out (firstly because I live in the middle of nowhere and secondly because I can't afford it) but even if there haven't been rude, violent, drunk or obnoxious people there and everything has been fine at the cinema, the concert or whatever, you might encounter such people outside of the venue. As a single female who often has no other choice than to go out alone, it can sometimes get really scary to walk down the streets at night or use public transport. It really ain't fun being pestered by almost every (drunk) guy (or even a group of guys) that crosses your way. Even once when I was at a conference and the whole group went somewhere for dinner a bunch of guys started to whistle and shout at me (I was really glad I wasn't alone) when we had to cross a park in the dark. And even in broad daylight, e.g. on the way to work, one can make/watch really unpleasant experiences, like getting groped in the subway, people threatening you just because you accidentally stepped on their toe, etc. or once a guy attacked a woman in the train just because she asked him to close the window. Those experiences really make one want to lock oneself in a "safe" bubble at home, so I really can't blame you and your wife for preferring to watch films at home, though I do hope you'll find a nice cinema to go to from time to time.
08:20 5 Feb 2016
If i could sit in a quiet,clean, free,no ads cinema then yes Mark i would love It too.
08:12 5 Feb 2016
Continuing from my previous comment. I have just watched Macbeth, released on DVD this week, and I am very glad I did not go to see it in the cinema. The film was ruined by incoherent mumbling speech. Whilst I appreciate that this was an indication of the intimacy between the protagonists, it makes a mockery of any film if the audience cannot hear what is being said. Subtitles were a must for this film. I fear that anyone who went to see this in the cinema would have found it a very trying experience given the various distractions found in most cinemas and listed in this thread. And don't get me started on the lighting.
13:48 4 Feb 2016
Hi, don't usually comment (never have before!) but this really struck a chord with me as it's something I've struggled with a lot over the last few years. Previously cinema was absolutely my favourite way to experience and enjoy a movie, hands down. I'd go several times a week and try to catch as many movies as possible, because missing them in the cinema meant I'd have to 'settle' for the home release. In recent years though the sheer number of poor cinema experiences have stacked up, to the point where I find it difficult to relax and enjoy the film. Where I used to find it a comfort when the lights go down (it was my happy place!) now it makes me incredibly tense and anxious. So nowadays I have the opposite approach - if I really, really want to sit down and enjoy a film then I try and wait for the Blu-ray (it means I still haven't seen Crimson Peak which is excruciating)!
When I talk about it to other people I can't tell if others find it easier to tune out the problems or if I'm just incredibly unlucky, but in the last few years (on top of the very common general rudeness of chatting or playing with phones and the like) I've been in screenings where
fights have broken out, where the cinema has been empty other than me and some loud heckling drunks who the staff didn't want to approach (don't blame them really), I've politely asked people to stop talking and they've responded aggressively with threats (not knowing if you're going to get a kicking outside when the film finishes really makes it hard to focus on the movie), I've had the guy sat behind me discuss plot twists in the film I'm about to see...these are the extreme examples but they've all added up to the point that sitting down to watch a movie is no longer the relaxing escapism that it should be (and used to be).
Probably worst of all, my wife very occasionally suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and in the last couple of years we've identified the cinema as one of the triggers for her attacks. Sometimes when a film starts she feels terribly ill, and once actually passed out. That's the result of many poor experiences stacking up, but I wouldn't be surprised if chief among them was the time that the patron behind us got bored of complaining loudly about how dull he thought Ghost World was, took out a lighter and spent the rest of the film quietly burning large holes in her coat and chuckling to himself (we discovered the damage when the lights came up - when we heard the lighter frequently going off we assumed he was rolling a joint or something, which
would have been obnoxious enough really). Not every experience is like that, but the potential for it is always there and it's the threat of it that causes the anxiety and as someone who used to love cinema so much that breaks my heart. It doesn't feel like a safe comfortable place anymore but a potentially quite threatening one.
I still go to the cinema under the right circumstances (I continue to go to Frightfest every year and have a blast, and have been experimenting with different cinemas in Glasgow to try and find the one for us (The Grosvenor was looking good but the music from the next door bar bleeds badly into screenings and a drunk threatened me mid-film for shooshing him recently which put paid to that place, we have had some good experiences at the GFT recently though so fingers crossed!), but more often than not it definitely feels less risky and more enjoyable to watch in our living room where we can give the film our full attention without any of those stresses kicking in.
Sorry for the really long comment, don't expect anyone to read such a block of text, but I guess once I started I had to get that out! Your blog just struck a nerve and made me yearn for a time when I could say wholeheartedly that I love cinema, as it stands my relationship with it is a bit more complicated.
09:48 2 Feb 2016
Going the opposite way, I wonder if Dirty Grandpa is improved by watching at home? Mark? You there Mark? Hello? Huh I guess not.
23:32 1 Feb 2016
I think to see a film in the cinema makes it an event. It's not just the size of the screen - it's seeing the trailers, and the build-up. If it's a film that people are really looking forward to, you'll sometimes get squeals and applause when the BBFC certificate appears. And I remember when you used to get curtains that would draw back when you were in for a very wide screen format, which was exciting in itself. There have been screenings of several films in the last few years that I had only previously seen on TV, e.g.: The Wicker Man, Some Like it Hot, 2001, Jaws, Bladerunner, Chariots of Fire, Black Narcissus, An American Werewolf in London, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Sound of Music. It was an amazing experience for me to see these films on the big screen, particularly when it was obvious that the other people in the screening with me were also fans of these films, and paid due respect to them by not chatting all the way through and playing with their phones. I'll always try to watch a film in the cinema, but I also tend to buy DVDs of my favourites and am happy to watch them repeatedly at home - but I couldn't imagine something like Star Wars at all living up to the big screen experience on a TV.
13:05 1 Feb 2016
It really does make a difference. There aren't (or shouldn't be) distractions or other things you should be doing, or interruptions. You have the time for nothing else. The screen takes up so much more of your vision. The sound is immersive. It is an event to go to.
But, that isn't how I watch most films. The majority of the films I have watched over the years are free to watch on TV.
If a film is designed for the cinema experience and just doesn't have the same effect on a small screen, then where does it leave all the people watching it at home? A good film should be good seen in either place, shouldn't it? Or does it depend on the strengths of the film? A film that relies on visuals can't be expected to be as good at home? Does home viewing expose storytelling flaws that are covered up by other aspects of the film? Or not? Do films that are all-rounder's work best at home?
I find films viewed at home beautiful, or scary or whatever. Plenty of films work when viewed at home, and you never know whether they would have been better or not, as it's rare you see a film at home first, then afterwards at the cinema. Also you may watch the film several times and come to know and love the characters more, the film may change over time for you.
I feel I had a point to make and I'm not sure what it is.
10:06 1 Feb 2016
Love the cinema but an operation on my spine makes it extremely uncomfortable to sit in a cinema chair for any length of time. My squirming movement distracts others and I suffer for days afterwards. This is a great pity as I do believe most films are better in a cinema. Not complaining - such is life. Just making the point that not everyone has the choice.
18:31 31 Jan 2016
I truly appreciate the cinema screen viewing experience and I was a very early appreciator of IMAX (mid 80s) back when IMAX really WAS IMAX, however:
These days you won't get me in a cinema that houses a single other patron. The behaviour of cinema goers is SO appalling that the experience is, to me, Hell that I'm paying a lot of money for and it ruins the film. Even my local art house cinema (Cambridge) is plagued by students who would be better off in a monkey cage!
Blu-Ray and soon to be UHD HDR Blu-Ray all the way please.
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