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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22215 on: July 12, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »
I remember my dad taking me to see a revival of Bambi when I was about ten years old.  When Bambi's mother bit the dust, there was a little girl (probably about 4) who announced "Daddy, I know what happened to Bambi's mom.  She got shoooooooootttt."

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« Reply #22216 on: July 12, 2013, 12:03:41 PM »
I think that part of why we go to theatres is the shared experience of a movie. It can make a good movie great. Oohs, ahhs, squeals of delight or horror - it's part of the immersive environment, to know that other people are reacting emotionally to the content beside you.

What detracts from a movie is an audience (young or old) acting as if the movie is secondary to whatever else they are doing.

This, exactly.

I like to think I added to someone's experience of the movie Predator (the remake, with Adrian Brody).  I was watching intently, and at a particularly startling scene, let out a yelp and tossed my popcorn bag into the air, showering the people in front of me with (fortunately unbuttered) popcorn.  I was mortified and apologized in whispers; they thought it was hysterical, as did the rest of the group with me and a few other patrons who saw what happened.  I'd never done that before, and never since.

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« Reply #22217 on: July 12, 2013, 12:51:20 PM »
I did it too, Hillia - half a pack of Matchmakers down the neck of the man in front at something involving large spiders. Indiana Jones, perhaps? My dad and the man's wife thought it was hysterically funny. The man and me, not so much.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22218 on: July 12, 2013, 01:05:59 PM »
Opening wkend of the final Twilight movie-
you could tell who had read the books by the exclamations at the final fight scene. 
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But then, as a wave, the audience ran with it, enjoying and cringing as it went on, with a collective, "Whoa!  Did NOT see that coming!"  at the reveal.  We had been taken for a collective ride, and enjoyed it, together.

A friend of mine went with a later audience, with those who may not have read the books, just went along, and did not get the same theatre experience. 

Still, either showing was fine except for the two women that sat nicely through all the previews, and then decide to open all their cellophane wrapped and crunchy candies when the real movie began.  Arghgh!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22219 on: July 12, 2013, 01:12:25 PM »
I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.
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« Reply #22220 on: July 12, 2013, 04:32:38 PM »
We went to see the subtitled version of a Studio Ghibli film, the cinema was showing dubbed and subtitled at multiple different showings, we got to share the cinema with a woman who read the subtitles to her child.

When I was visiting a friend in Denmark, we went to a movie.  She prefers to wait to see films when it is less likely there will be children present as the popular American film series she enjoys like Harry Potter and Twilight are played in English but subtitles are in Danish.  She said after going to a Harry Potter film where the parents were reading the subtitles aloud, she started going in evenings when kids are in bed or during day when it is more likely they will be in school to not be disturbed as much.  She understands and speaks both Danish & English.

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« Reply #22221 on: July 12, 2013, 04:35:02 PM »
My biggest pet-peeve in movie theaters is the cell-phone.  I've decided that if I were rich enough to do so, I'd build a movie theater where every part of the building except the lobby was surrounded by a faraday cage.  Any staff or emergency communication within the building could be through hard-wired devices.

That's one thing that made me very happy when I went to see The Lone Ranger last Saturday.  There was an announcement that any cell phone use during the movie would earn the user an escort out of the movie without a refund.  That's a new policy since the last time I was there, and it made me forgive them the endless commercials before the movie started.

I like those announcements too but then again you got the SS's who still keep them on for no good reason.  I give bonus SS points to those who leave them on at church, and do not either place them on silent, vibrate or off - trust me I gave some mentally recently to a few SS's that had phones going off during Mass.

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« Reply #22222 on: July 12, 2013, 04:37:21 PM »
My parents used to take me to a live theatre production every year for my birthday.  It was usually something family-friendly like The Sound of Music or Cinderella.   I REALLY enjoyed those shows, and when I say I enjoyed them, I mean that I laughed my 8-year-old head off at the funny parts.    I remember getting some amused looks from the audience around me, but I bet I got a few annoyed "Geez, can you shut that kid up?" looks, too.    It's 40 years later, but if any of those folks are reading this - I'm sorry!  :)

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« Reply #22223 on: July 12, 2013, 04:37:48 PM »
Opening wkend of the final Twilight movie-
you could tell who had read the books by the exclamations at the final fight scene. 
:)
But then, as a wave, the audience ran with it, enjoying and cringing as it went on, with a collective, "Whoa!  Did NOT see that coming!"  at the reveal.  We had been taken for a collective ride, and enjoyed it, together.

A friend of mine went with a later audience, with those who may not have read the books, just went along, and did not get the same theatre experience. 

Still, either showing was fine except for the two women that sat nicely through all the previews, and then decide to open all their cellophane wrapped and crunchy candies when the real movie began.  Arghgh!

I chose to see the last 2 Twilight films on Friday mornings when I knew that it was less likely to have the cinema packed full of teenagers who screamed every time Jacob shed his shirt - the experience I had when seeing Eclipse at a midnight showing.  It was like I was at a strip club at times. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22224 on: July 12, 2013, 04:57:14 PM »
Opening wkend of the final Twilight movie-
you could tell who had read the books by the exclamations at the final fight scene. 
:)
But then, as a wave, the audience ran with it, enjoying and cringing as it went on, with a collective, "Whoa!  Did NOT see that coming!"  at the reveal.  We had been taken for a collective ride, and enjoyed it, together.

A friend of mine went with a later audience, with those who may not have read the books, just went along, and did not get the same theatre experience. 

Still, either showing was fine except for the two women that sat nicely through all the previews, and then decide to open all their cellophane wrapped and crunchy candies when the real movie began.  Arghgh!

I chose to see the last 2 Twilight films on Friday mornings when I knew that it was less likely to have the cinema packed full of teenagers who screamed every time Jacob shed his shirt - the experience I had when seeing Eclipse at a midnight showing.  It was like I was at a strip club at times.

haha sounds like when my very quiet and conservative friend accidentally watched Magic Mike (she thought it was a kids movie when she went in  ::)) - came back shaking her head "The women! You'd think they'd never seen a man before!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22225 on: July 12, 2013, 05:04:13 PM »
My parents used to take me to a live theatre production every year for my birthday.  It was usually something family-friendly like The Sound of Music or Cinderella.   I REALLY enjoyed those shows, and when I say I enjoyed them, I mean that I laughed my 8-year-old head off at the funny parts.    I remember getting some amused looks from the audience around me, but I bet I got a few annoyed "Geez, can you shut that kid up?" looks, too.    It's 40 years later, but if any of those folks are reading this - I'm sorry!  :)

When I was 5, my parents took me to see Annie on Broadway. I apparently stood on my seat, clapping and yelling "neato". I think just during the applause times, though - if I'd done it during the whole thing, I'm quite certain they would have shushed me or taken me outside for a stern lecture.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22226 on: July 12, 2013, 05:12:25 PM »
Parking lot SS observed today.

We have a large parking lot at our local post office, with ample angle-in parking, all the spaces being wide enough to easily accommodate an SUV or large pick-up truck. The row of spots directly in front of the building has a curb at either end. When I got to the PO today, I parked in a spot third from the end, and another car immediately thereafter parked in the spot second from the end. The end spot was empty, and I was smack dab in the middle of my spot.

The driver of the other car (DD for demanding driver) and I both went in to check our mailboxes, and came back to our cars at the same time. A van had just parked in the end spot. He was closer to the curb side of the spot than in the middle; however, because DD had parked on the line of his spot, there wasn't a lot of room between the vehicles, and DD was a larger gentleman. Cue DD motioning for the van driver (OD for other driver) to roll his window down so that DD could tell OD that he needed to repark his van so that DD could get into his car. And OD did it! OD ended up with his tires up on the curb to accommodate DD's bad parking job. I'm not sure it would be eHell approved, but if it had been me that DD was demanding repark my vehicle, I would have told him that he was welcome to wait for me to finish my transaction and vacate the spot altogether.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22227 on: July 12, 2013, 07:10:03 PM »
My biggest pet-peeve in movie theaters is the cell-phone.  I've decided that if I were rich enough to do so, I'd build a movie theater where every part of the building except the lobby was surrounded by a faraday cage.  Any staff or emergency communication within the building could be through hard-wired devices.

That's one thing that made me very happy when I went to see The Lone Ranger last Saturday.  There was an announcement that any cell phone use during the movie would earn the user an escort out of the movie without a refund.  That's a new policy since the last time I was there, and it made me forgive them the endless commercials before the movie started.

I like those announcements too but then again you got the SS's who still keep them on for no good reason.  I give bonus SS points to those who leave them on at church, and do not either place them on silent, vibrate or off - trust me I gave some mentally recently to a few SS's that had phones going off during Mass.
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.
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« Reply #22228 on: July 12, 2013, 07:18:24 PM »
Mine gets put on vibrate when I'm in church and tucked into my purse.  And when I'm in stores I try to remember to turn it down or I get some funny looks when my phone cackles at me (notification for when bff texts)
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« Reply #22229 on: July 12, 2013, 08:37:34 PM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.