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How Often Do You Go to the Movies?

Discussion in 'Tilted Life and Sexuality' started by snowy, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    Since we're in the middle of awards season, I'm reminded that I saw only a couple of movies in the theater this last year. Heck, I didn't even see The Dark Knight Rises. I did manage to see The Avengers and The Hobbit. Considering movies that are out right now, there are a few I would like to go see, and in talking to my husband about them, he seemed ambivalent. It made me recall that once upon a time I went to the movies by myself on a regular basis. I think this is something I need to start doing more often. As much as I'd like to go with my husband, it's silly that I've stopped doing something I enjoy just because he doesn't want to see the movies I want to see. I also recall that once I'd made up my mind to see something it wasn't difficult to find someone among my acquaintance who wanted to see it too.

    How often do you go to the movies? Do you go by yourself? What do you enjoy about going to the movies? What do you dislike?

    I think I'm going to go see The Hobbit again this week. I also want to see Silver Linings Playbook. I would like to see Django Unchained but it's in the sucky movie theater. I don't know if I want to sit in their crummy seats for that long!
  2. Seldom, closer to never. Seldom have time to devote to a movie. Hardly ever watch them at home, either for the same reason. And quite frankly, I get bored with many of them.
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  3. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    I rarely go to the movie theater. I live in the sticks, have a nice home theater setup, and a very comfy recliner. To me, the cost and effort involved exceed the price of a blue-ray.

    Last movie that I saw in a theater was The Avengers; I've been meaning to see The Hobbit.
  4. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there!

    I think its been 4 or 5 years since I last saw one in the theater.
    I really have trouble sitting still for the 90 - 120 minutes that the movies require, although it's no problem for me to sit that long reading a book.
    I also am clearly "old" now because they play the damned music too loud!
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  5. martian

    martian Server Monkey Staff Member

    My sister loves going to the movies -- sufficiently so that the best possible gift I could get her for Christmas was a gift certificate for movie tickets. Now that we're in the same city this means that I end up going a few times per year, but prior to that it wasn't something I was overly interested in.

    Movies to me are a social activity. I'm not the guy who goes to see a movie on his own, because it's exceptionally rare that there's a movie that I need to see so badly that I can't just wait for it to become available through other means. The problem with movies as a social activity is that they're not really good for being social. You can't talk, or chat, or really interact and bond with the people you're there with. You're just sort of sitting silently. Social interaction by proximity.

    In the past couple of years, now that I have a "real job" and a "real job" level income, I've kitted out my living room with a reasonably large high definition screen, and 5.1 surround sound. Frankly, at this point, I have just as good of a movie experience on my couch as I do at the cinema, plus I don't have to pay $20 per head to go, and I don't have to put up with people talking or playing with their cell phones. These days if I want to watch a movie with family or friends, I'm just as likely to invite them over as I am to suggest we go out to do it.
  6. Ozmanitis

    Ozmanitis Trust in your will and Hope will burn bright!

    Texas USA
    I generally go whenever a new movie I've been looking forward comes out.
  7. Speed_Gibson

    Speed_Gibson Hacking the Gibson Donor

    Wolf 359
    Last film I watched on a large theatre screen was Harry Potter 7 part 2 back in 2011.
    It would not shock me if I make it through this year as well without setting foot in a cinema. No way in hell am I watching the next Star Trek film before it hits the redbox; I still want my money back from enduring the last Abrams joke, and that same idea served me well enough when I avoided the third Star Wars prequel after suffering through the first two.
    That trailer for the Tom Cruise? film showing the abandoned/destroyed world looks interesting; might check it out when it hits video.
  8. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted Donor

    When it's something g we want to see in XD or 3D. Or really need to get out of the house. Last one was Django.
  9. Charlatan

    Charlatan sous les pavés, la plage Donor

    I would love to be able to go once a week. Sadly, I don't have the time.

    I probably get there about once every three months or so.
  10. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    This is part of why I want to get in the habit of seeing movies again. They're a big topic of conversation in the teacher's lounge, and my mentor regularly goes to the movies. For me, the social experience isn't so much the act of seeing the movie itself; rather, it's all the conversations I'll have afterward about what I've seen.
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  11. Charlatan

    Charlatan sous les pavés, la plage Donor

    Have you been talking to my wife?
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  12. Speed_Gibson

    Speed_Gibson Hacking the Gibson Donor

    Wolf 359
    The name means nothing to me..off to check on through this internet thing. Some BBC actor I have never seen in anything to the best of my memory. I could see him playing Stephen Hawking which must have been one of his more prominent roles as it is was mentioned first on one of those google snippets retrieved.
    James Bond is still Pierce Brosnan to me. Never have seen Daniel Craig in the role or anything where he uses a British accent for that matter.
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  13. GeneticShift

    GeneticShift Show me your everything is okay face. Donor

    In high school, I used to go almost every weekend because there was nothing else to do. Throughout school up north, one of the lecture halls showed a recent movie every weekend for $3, so I would go to that occasionally. Don't have too much time for movie seeing anymore, but I occasionally go to the second run theater by my house on Tuesdays (free popcorn Tuesday!) and see big movies about a month after they come out in the regular theaters for $3.50. It's local and a lot of fun.
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  14. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl The Cheat is GROUNDED! Donor

    Not very often, actually...this past year, I've seen more movies in the theatre than probably the previous five years combined. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a few movies coming out this year that I really want to see (Thor, Catching Fire, Oz.) I'm just not a big fan of crowds, or sitting next to strangers. And prices are pretty ridiculous...especially since I have to have something to drink, and something to munch on while I'm watching :)

    There IS an awesome dollar theatre downtown where you can see a movie and get a small popcorn, small drink, and pack of candy for less than ten bucks...I need to hit that one up more.
  15. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    I wish we had a second-run theater here in town. The closest one is 45 minutes away, but it's pretty neat because it also serves food, beer, and wine during the movie.
  16. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Once, every other month.
    I'm going more often now that I'm single, but that's because she couldn't go to a theater comfortably.

    I don't mind going alone, but I prefer only to see those that are big visual movies.
    Otherwise I'll wait for them to come to the TV, I've got all the channels. (I don't know why I don't do Netflix, it's just not my thing)
  17. spindles

    spindles Very Tilted

    Sydney, Australia
    You do realise he is actually English, though, don't you? So, you have only seen him doing things in his non-native voice...
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  18. Charlatan

    Charlatan sous les pavés, la plage Donor

    Speed_Gibson, you really should check out the BBC series Sherlock. It's most excellent.

    As for cinemas, I worked for a few years at repertory cinemas (one in Ottawa and one in Toronto). I also did my degree in film studies and produced a campus radio show that was all about film... I had access to films. There was a time when I wouldn't go a week without seeing upwards of five (or more).

    With my career move away from film and into television, I don't see as many films as I used to. I almost changed that last November but I turned down the opportunity to run a channel that airs a tonne of films.

    I once had a dream of owning a cinema but the reality is, you can't really make a living showing films these days (not a good one anyway).
  19. Levite

    Levite Levitical Yet Funky

    The Windy City
    I love going to the movies. Movies and books are my two biggest vices.

    Pre-baby, Mrs. Levite and I went once a week or every other week; more often when we still lived in LA. But now we rarely have the time and energy to go. Unfortunately. We saw "Silver Linings Playbook," (excellent, I thought) and "Les Miz," but precious little else in the last several months. When the summer blockbusters start coming out, we'll get babysitters; but at this point we have to be pretty specifically motivated to get to a movie, not just feeling like seeing whatever film happens to be out and looks watchable.... We both watch a fair amount of movies on iTunes or Netflix, but that's hardly the same experience as actually going to a good theater. And I am extremely picky about the theaters I will go to: they have to be absolutely top quality, otherwise I feel like it's just not worth it. Probably comes from having grown up in LA, and done most of my moviegoing at the Chinese Theater and the Cinerama Dome and other amazing and iconic movie palaces, in a culture that intensely values both the art of cinema and the aesthetic of the moviegoing experience.
  20. amonkie

    amonkie Very Tilted

    Windy City
    I enjoy movies in theatres but am restricted to which theatres will provide closed captions on screen or with assistive devices. For a long time the nearest theater doing this was 2 hours away, and it just wasn't feasible.

    I did support the local independent theatre that charged $5 for matinees despite no captions because I wanted to support local businesses. It was worth it when they had Makers Mark 46 in their bar :D

    Now that there is a captioning theatre less than 10 minutes from home, we try to go once a month.