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PostPosted: 07.03.2003 4:09 am    Post subject: Man beaten for telling teens to be quiet during a movie. Reply with quote

The story is here.

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PostPosted: 07.03.2003 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps we should blame it on the movies?
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PostPosted: 07.17.2003 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a poor guy, Lee. From my view point, it wasn't Lee's mistake to tell the manager about the disturbance. If I were him, I would have done the samething. I always scold at the people who disturb me while I am watching movie.......

PS: Could anyone do like Lee if he were in his place??

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PostPosted: 07.17.2003 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've learned to go to the theatres that teens don't go to. Otherwise, I'd probably be talking to the manager every 20 minutes (which is kind of stange because I am one, and I'm using the title "teen" derogotorily). But yeah he is a poor guy. I remember suffering through the obnoxious intentions of a group of teens at a screening of Barbershop, maybe that's why I only thought the movie was okay. I think that the atmosphere of the screening is becoming more crucial to my liking of the film than the actual solidity of the movie that's being played. When there's a good audience, I'm almost relieved..Of course its not too bad if you avoid the places where this will happen.
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PostPosted: 08.08.2003 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about this one: Today I attended an afternoon screening of GIGLI, and there were five people in the theater by the time it started. I was first to arrive, and sat in my usual spot, in the middle with the screen filling my peripheral vision. Two women then came in, and sat in the back row. Then a couple entered, and sat directly behind me (even though the auditorium was wide open). Then the woman muttered, to me, "Creep! Move!," as if I had elected to block her view by choosing the seat in front of her. Needless to say, I didn't budge.

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PostPosted: 08.08.2003 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that's pretty good. When I went to TOMB RAIDER 2 a guy sat right next to me, on the very side of the theatre. I moved, because I didn't exactly want to cause trouble with him, it was still odd...makes me wonder if he sat next to me purposely.
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PostPosted: 08.27.2003 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another story of idiots at the theatre:

At a screening of My Boss's Daughter, the average teen crowd started a ruckus. They changed seats frequently, played with cell phones, talked very loudly to each other, and even got up and screamed occasionally. When Carmen Electra came on, one even jumped up at proclaimed "She is so fucking hot!". What idiots. The only otheres there were me and an older couple; they left. I got up and told the manager three times, but of course, when he came in they were silent. After he left, the uproar began again. Finally, in the last 15 minutes, I found a guy I know, who works there, to sit in the same row as them.

The only thing holding me back from walking out and getting a refund was the fact that I'd have to sit through the torturous movie, again. I managed to follow it, and keep my eyes on it close to every second of the duration (but missed about 3 minutes of it when going up to talk to the manager, of course, I did wait for the parts that didn't effect the "plot," to do so). I'm fine watching a bad movie, trust me, I couldn't be happier sitting through abominable creations like Freddy Got Fingered. When the audience is abnoxious, however, there could be nothing worse.

I didn't go up to them and tell them to shut up only because I knew a few of them. I wouldn't want to be stuck sitting next to them in a high school class for an entire semester.

And the movie...awful, as everyone says. The stupid kids didn't affect my opinion of it at all--it really is as bad as they say. I give it 1/2 out of four...check back for my review later. You guessed it, I will be mentioning these assholes in it, or dedicating an entitre essay towards "theatre edicate." I did not pay ten bucks to spend an hour and forty-five minutes, the victim of their childish antics.

Am I overreacting? No, I have never had a single worse viewing expierence in my life. (And I sat through The Matrix Reloaded with a baby crying the entire time, and Better Luck Tomorrow while a woman talked on her cell-phone, and refused to get off. Ironically, I liked both of those films a lot. The very generous half a bucket I'm granting this one, once again, is not because of the audience.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
I give it 1/2 out of four...


An entire ? bucket? Danny, you must have been feeling generous that day. Expect my shocked, appalled, and hopefully scathing enough review tomorrow or the next day.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, well I toyed with a zero, but as I stated--it's obviously not as bad as Freddy Got Fingered, Jackass, or The Hot Chick...but yes, I'm being very generous. I call my new method "Save the spoiled teenage-boy movies." I have, clearly, seen the light. Due to the poor math skills of this group, I hope they don't find out that I only liked 5 minutes max of it, and mathmatically 12.5% (well scratch that, probably more like 3% and I was able to round up to a .5), I don't think they will notice that I actually didn't like the movie. "Obnoxiously idiotic" doesn't sound that bad, does it? I have clearly seen the light.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheesh, your computations remind me of the 100-point scale madness! Actually, I really like your bucket system, and I've been meaning to ask how and why you came up with it. (I mean, I get the popcorn thing, but why did you choose this particular system over the virtues of other systems? Just curious.)

I'm with you in regards to movies made as a tribute to mook behavior (they rank among the greatest chores of film criticism), but I kinda admired certain passages of The Hot Chick. I wouldn't argue that it's a good movie (and I certainly wouldn't recommend it), but I was surprised by how thematically consistent it is. I'd place it a cut above the others you listed.

I haven't seen My Boss' Daughter, and with American Splendor, Magdalene Sisters, Step Into Liquid, Thirteen, and Dirty Pretty Things all scheduled for Milwaukee screenings, I probably won't get around to it, either. Bummer.

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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually that was my attempt at trying to make fun of the hundred point scale (heheh, not that the whole thing wasn't a big joke anyways--I just got carried away with my calculator because I was bored).

As for the whole "bucket system," I was lucky I thought of it. At the beginning of 2002, I got into the ritual of seeing a movie a week, and then when summer began, and I was scheduled to see 3 a week--my dad said the only way in hell he would take me to that many is if I reviewed them. Then I thought about a rating system, and I wasnted something original (just like two thumbs up), but I was still comfortable with the four star scale...after thinking, I just came up with that. Pretty random, I suppose.

Yeah, that sounds like a good lineup for the art-house movies you have there. Most of them are already here, but I'm struggling to find someone that wants to sit through Dirty Pretty Things with me. Had the same problem with Swimming Pool (even though a bit of that had to do with content). I'll probably see Magdalene Sisters and American Splendor this weekend (and of course you can't forget Uptown Girls, and I thought I was going to be able to avoid it). Thirteen and Winged Migration the next. Even though Step Into Liquid is playing here already, I'm waiting for it to go into our little second-run art-house theatre, originally built in 1928. The mkaer of the thing will be there for it to premeire. My dad, who has lived here all his life, went to one of his movies 30 years ago, when he still did the narration himself, live, microphone in hand.

Even though I've been complaining about all the crappy movies this summer, the art-house really is, really, doing very well. I just have to drive 30 minutes or so (and that's with no traffic), which is a bit of a pain. September looks better for mainstream cinema though, let's hope it is.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a screening of "Dirty Pretty Things" a couple of weeks ago; actually, I thought it was one of the most entertaining, even crowd-pleasing movies I've seen this summer, mainstream or otherwise. I saw it with a packed audience, who burst into applause at one point (always a good sign). Some people are always hesitant to dive into some "arthouse" cinema, but "Dirty Pretty Things" is about as rousing as the arthouse comes - if you find someone to sit through it with you, Danny, my guess is they'd probably enjoy it.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, how grusome is it? All I really have to show them is the trailer, and they aren't denying that it looks good, but they say that it looks too disturbing for their tastes. Smile
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I see. I've never actually seen the trailer for the movie, but I will admit there are some gruesome moments. There's a pretty nasty surgical wound that we see, and one body part. But the movie is overall pretty inspiring - I of course won't tell you how it ends, but it definitely gives you hope. The violence in the movie makes it suspenseful and maintains interest, but it's definitely not disturbing.
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PostPosted: 08.28.2003 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
I just have to drive 30 minutes or so (and that's with no traffic), which is a bit of a pain.


I know what you mean. The nearest art house for me is about forty minutes away. Normally I try to take in double (or triple) features, to save on drive time. There is a lousy multiplex about three minutes from my residence in West Bend, but it generally programs only junk food pictures. It also has automatic projection and all the problems inherent in that: misframing, fuzzy picture, cruddy sound, incorrect bulb usage, etc. I only go there when I'm catching a throwaway movie (like Tomb Raider 2 or Bad Boys II) and don't have time to drive to my preferred Marcus multiplex (which is about 20 minutes away).

We have four relatively decent art houses in Milwaukee--two Landmarks, the UWM campus, and a single-screen luxury cinema called the Rosebud--but there's only 7 screens between them. Unfortunately, access to more obscure fare is still rather limited--especially when UWM doesn't have summer programming, and only shows a film once or twice before moving on. I'm guessing that access is probably better in San Diego, at least slightly. Too bad I'm not closer to Chicago.

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