Blogger Q&A: What’s the best way to watch a movie?

David Conrad

David is the author of AKIRA KUROSAWA AND MODERN JAPAN. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and loves period pieces, classics, and arthouse. He has also read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. @davidaconrad

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2 Responses

  1. wildhunt1 says:

    I’ll admit that i’m starting to hate movie theaters more and more, and it’s purely because people nowadays have no concern for fellow movie goers. This year alone, I’ve had to quietly whisper to no less than five people that their texting during the movie was disturbing me (or, as Anthony Hopkins says at the start of my theater’s movies, making me psycho). I have my experience during Avengers: Age of Ultron ruined twice by someone texting and someone else’s children talking; I had X-Men: Days of Future Past ruined by someone who decided to play their mp3 player with headphones at what had to be an ear-splitting level for them–I heard their music and I was half-way across the theater from them! And just today, I was watching Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and someone kept turning their cellphone on to text. After an hour, I finally called him on it and told him (politely) to stop.

    People need to turn their cellphones off and forget about them for two hours. If you’re that intent on chatting with someone, don’t go to the darn movie! You’re going to piss off people who paid $5.25-$20 for the experience of going to the movie! Just stay home if you don’t want to actually watch the movie! Soft talking or comments are fine, because those are brief and generally don’t affect the other audience members. Children and don’t shut up and constant texting do!

    • Nigel Druitt says:

      I have been incredibly fortunate to never have an incident like that at a theater. I can’t fathom wanting to pay full ticket price to see a movie, only to want to play with your phone throughout the darn thing! Too costly, and I just want to see the movie too much for that to even be a consideration.