I do apologize beforehand for the rant. I try not to use this space as my own personal soapbox, but I was reading this article on Slashdot, and I’m sorry, but I have to comment on this one because I KNOW I am not the only one who feels this way.
Let me tell you why I don’t go to the movies anymore.
I go to the movies to see a movie. I typically go with my girlfriend. But, as we have realized, the public movie theater is no longer the place to go for dates. Apparently it is now the place to go if you’re an obnoxious focktard with a group of obnoxious focktard friends. Without fail, every time, we get stuck listening to a group of obnoxious teenagers giggling, laughing, outright screaming, throwing shit, and being generally disruptive. And if not, you got the fat bastards who laugh so frigging loud like every joke in the movie was comedy gold…. And strangely enough sometimes there’s not even a joke involved. My guess, their high… And this doesn’t even get me started on the theater staff, but I will spare you that one.
I suppose this has just as much to do with people as it does the technology itself, but how hard is it to NOT answer your phone in a movie. I go by the philosophy, if you call me, and I am busy, if its important you call back or leave a message. How hard is that concept for other people to grasp. If someone calls you in a movie, you don’t need to answer and tell them your in a movie, how the movie is, what’s going on, etc. And text messaging in a movie is just as disruptive. Nothing like shifting focus during crucial parts of a movie because the dumb ass in front of you in text sexing their girlfriend.
Movie theaters are GROSS. Gum on the seats, that nasty smell of popcorn buttern and urine in the theaters, and half the time either the projectors aren’t focused correctly, or the surround sound isn’t calibrated or even turned on. Now I am a video/audio phile. If that stuff isn’t done just right, I get annoyed.
This was the last straw as far as I was concerned. Last time I went to a movie, I had to endure 30 frigging minutes of advertising. Its bad enough that companies bombard us with shit advertising for crap that we don’t want and don’t need in our radio, television, on the drive to work, and are constantly trying to find new ways to encroach upon the sanctity of our daily lives. I used to enjoy movie previews, but when advertisements crept in, I had enough. As a result, I have boycotted all subsequent products from the sponsoring companies (Pepsi, Coke, and Turner Broadcasting can all kiss my ass) for intruding upon my time. Eventually consumers will realize something; companies in a capitalist society will only do something so long as it is profitable. This is why spam is so prevalent. If companies didn’t make money off of it, they wouldn’t do it. So the way I look at it, if I can get enough people behind me to boycott products that advertise like this, they will get the hint and stop.
So what do I do? I wait for the DVD release. Then I either rent it or buy it based on reviews, take the movie home to my nice home theater with a wall sized screen, home theater seating (which is nice because is doesn’t have the gum that movie theater seats seem to have), with my kegarator, and the power to throw out people I find unruly from my domicile and watch my movies in peace. No obnoxious teenagers, fidgety old people, rude service, advertisements, overpriced food, or any other inconvenience that comes with the movie going experience. I know the movies looks and sounds exactly the way it was meant to with a fully optimized adjustment for both the screens and the surround sound setup.
I do make one exception as far as theaters go. I do like to go to the Alamo Drafthouse here when I go see their cult movies, order a beer, and that kind of behavior is expected. And with that, they don’t bombard me with advertisements.
So if the theaters are a little upset about the decline in sales, and the speed up of DVD releases, too bad. Fix your problems, and I might consider going back. And while your at it, quit showing the crappy movies that Hollywood thinks we all want to see. I imagine that the poor quality of movies has a lot more to do with the decline than anything else.