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Ever sat alone in a film theatre?

 
 
plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 09:10 am
Heeven,
While I seldom attend "mass release" movies ... The Two Towers was the last one ... and then rarely in first run, I like going to small second run theatres where the audience is apt to be more appreciative and quiet.

One of the movies adapted from a novel by a Chinese-American woman was in second run and my friend and I sat next to an enormous black man (one of those people so heavy that they are shaped like triangles). While I can't remember the movie (or the novel's title), I remember the scene in which the architect boor husband was at breakfast with his wife, arrogantly chewing and demanding to know what was wrong. The man next to us yelled, "Because you're an a$$hole!" My friend hugged him and the rest of the audience applauded. That was fun!!

At the present time, I don't have any machines for viewing movies at home. When I was married to my husband, who has difficulty having fun, I would rent a movie every Friday night, which we would watch while I ironed. Prefer the theatre!
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larry richette
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 10:30 am
I'm accused of being a snob for not liking PULP FICTION! Amazing! I just thought it was a weak movie. For the record, I did like Tarantino's first movie RESERVOIR DOGS a whole lot better. I have nothing against violence, drugs, or dirty language in movies...I just want to see them portrayed artfully and meaningfully.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 11:24 am
Not what I meant...it was the "can't believe intelligent people like it" thing you said.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 11:28 am
I have a friend who walked out too.

I never called him a snob.

Just stupid.

HOW DARE YOU HAVE AN OPINION THAT DIFFERS MINE!
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larry richette
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 01:15 pm
I'm glad I don't have to take you seriously, Slappy!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2003 01:53 pm
I've sat in a movie theater with less than a couple handfuls many times, but I can't remember which movies they were. Wink c.i.
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babsatamelia
 
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Reply Fri 11 Apr, 2003 06:52 pm
There are PLENTY of times I go to see movies
just me myself and I. Especially if it is one of
those days that my partner and I are not
getting along too well. My standard method
of retreat from argument and confrontation
is to simply go out and enjoy myself and if
I am in luck, there is a half decent show
playing.
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2004 01:51 pm
Happened again <grins> ... this Austrian movie about Mikova, the Slovak village Andy Warhol('s family) was from ... I Am from Nowhere, it was called.

Cute movie, lots of grins, though a little all too deliberately weird - really trying to be cute. (If you really want to see a cute movie about Mikova - a village of at most a hundred inhabitants in the most backward region of East-Slovakia, whose residents have now been featured in at least half a dozen films by documentary makers from around Europe, and resign themselves to their repeated 15 minutes of fame in a mix of laconic resignation and whimsical flights of fancy - go see Absolut Warhola instead. Also doesnt tell you much about Warhol, but very cute and instructive about the whole Eastern Slovakia thing in a more natural way than this movie was.)

One cute thing about this movie was how it interspersed these meta-reflections on it being, like, the xth movie being shot there ... it also ends with this granny (who is really funny in Absolut Warhola) going, "OK and now I've had enough of Andy Warhol for a while and of all these movie crews and everything".

Anyway, I went there with A. and her friend and had even bought tickets beforehand and everything! Because there was this little festival going on there this weekend with new releases otherwise not screened here, and I thought, who knows, might become busy. Unhuh. When we arrived five minutes too late the operator opened the place back up for us and led us up the stairs - he'd been waiting for us. Very Happy

Kinda gave a whole new layer of meaning to the scene where one of the locals jokily says, well, if there's 15 million people watching this movie now we could say "hi" to people (we all: "no, there's just three of us!!")

Its kinda cool cause we could, you know, laugh and remark on things and explain something to each other and spread our coats around and put our legs on the chairs ... like watching TV :<grins>
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2004 01:59 pm
OK, so, considering I went with two friends, I wasnt really "alone in the film theatre", true. But there was noone else, anyway Razz
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Diane
 
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2004 11:07 pm
Nimh, I went to the link you provided and read your review of the movie. It proved my certainty that you are kind to the core of your being--yet I understood why you honestly liked the film, not that you were simply reluctant to be critical.

The only time I was completely alone was when I went to see Psycho when I was a senior in high school. I had just received word from my mother, calling from the Mayo Clinic, that my father had inoperable cancer.

I had never seen a horror movie before that came close to the awfulness of Psycho (remember, this was 1961), so I wasn't at all prepared for the graphic shower scene. In my numbed state, I couldn't make myself get up and leave (surreal doesn't even begin to describe the experience). Since then, I've had no desire to go alone to a theater, although it has been fun to be with one or two others in an otherwise empty theater.
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smog
 
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2004 11:11 pm
I work the late-late shift at a small local theater, so I see many, many films with only a handful of patrons. It's actually kinda nice like that, I think, although the long walk home can be a bit lonely, but not always.

And thanks, nimh, for bumping this thread back up again.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2004 01:11 am
Does staying home alone watching art films count, nimh?

Last week I saw a Russian film, Vozvrashcheniye (The Return), about a couple of brothers who's father returns from nowhere after twelve years. The father is a cad, probably tied to the mob, and takes them out for a few days of camping and fishing to a remote lake island, and proceeds to abuse the kids right from the get go.

It was a pretty powerful film.
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2004 03:43 pm
InfraBlue wrote:
Last week I saw a Russian film, Vozvrashcheniye (The Return), about a couple of brothers who's father returns from nowhere after twelve years. The father is a cad, probably tied to the mob, and takes them out for a few days of camping and fishing to a remote lake island, and proceeds to abuse the kids right from the get go.

It was a pretty powerful film.

Yeah was it good? That movie was playing forever here in the arthouse cinema a few months ago - weeks on end, and still I somehow managed not to see it! <smiley hitting itself on the head>
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2004 03:47 pm
Hey Diane you saw that movie (Absolut Warhola I mean)? Didnt think movie like that would make the trek across the ocean
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2004 05:37 pm
Nimh, I haven't seen the picture and it probably didn't make it across the ocean--I simply read your review on the link you provided. Unfortunately, not very many obscure films make it here in the States except in the largest cities.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2004 05:39 pm
I don't mind going to a matinee alone. I recently saw "End of the Century" (the Ramones documentary) on a Saturday afternoon. I knew I'd never go if I had to find a friend who'd want to see it!
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 05:34 pm
Tonight, Muvesz cinema 22:30 screening, Hotel Rwanda.

They waited for a while to see if anyone else would show up, but no - just me.

Thats a lonely movie to watch by your own, noone else in the entire theatre.

God damn.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 05:37 pm
especially when Cheatle is walking over those dead bodies
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thiefoflight
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 06:25 pm
When I took my nephew to his first movie he was 5 we were the only two in the theater. He decided
to check out the film (Teen-aged Mutant Ninja Turtles) from every conceivable vantage point in the theater. First we had to sit in the front row then the middle then the last row. we even sat on the floor. I think I walked at least a mile during the film!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 07:59 pm
Aw, that's cool though!
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