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January 12th, 2009


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09:37 am - People in cinemas
I generally don't find audiences in cinemas that much of a problem. I like watching with a big group of people, getting caught up in the emotional reaction. The best cinema audience I ever sat in was in Toronto, funnily enough, watching 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' at some art house cinema - it was hilarious, everyone was oooh-ing and squealing.

But sometimes the audience get on my bloody wick. Watching Defiance it was obvious that some people were just using the film as an excuse to chow down for two and a half hours. Who needs to eat continuously for hours on end? Who sits in the dark, stuffing food into their gawping mouths, with their eyes on people shooting each other? What food do you have to unwrap from crackly paper - every thirty seconds? It can't have been boiled sweets because you wouldn't need another one right away.

Yes, you can see that the constant rustling and chewing set off an irritable reaction in me, which I may be exaggerating for comic effect. It didn't spoil the film though.

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From:korintomichi
Date:January 12th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
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We don't mind audiences where everyone is into the film and enjoying it together, but have no hesitation telling people to shut up (well, asking them to "please be quiet" initially) if they are talking irrelevant rubbish. We had to do that for The Spirit last week as a couple were talking loudly right from the start. To be fair, we didn't hear a peep out of them after that. With food it's more difficult because the cinema has probably sold them the food. When we saw Chopper we were sitting next to the world's loudest popcorn eater. It's irritating because you start tuning into that noise and missing out on the onscreen action. We generally go to early screenings to avoid audiences, although Defiance at the Showcase was surprisingly packed this weekend.
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From:communicator
Date:January 12th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
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It's very rare that I hear people talking during a film - probably only young kids who are there without their parents. I wouldn't like that at all, though my own offspring would forbid me from saying anything.
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From:korintomichi
Date:January 12th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
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It's not often that we have to ask people to be quiet (TBH the arts centre usually has the most inconsiderate audiences and it's claustrophobic in there) and it takes a bit of courage for us to do it but we do get so fed up with people just chatting. They don't even whisper. We are always polite when we first ask. If they don't stop we then let them know we are going to tell the cinema;s management - that has generally worked.
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From:communicator
Date:January 12th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
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Oh yes - Warwick Arts centre can be appalling, I'd forgotten that. Academics love the sounds of their own voices :-)

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