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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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Date:January 12th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
azdak: but people DO eat in the theater, that's why they're called Opera Creams! One of the offenses of Matinee Girls was loud sweet-eating. (And trays of tea but that's in the interval.) Of course Victorians used to eat during performances, especially in the halls.

One reason that I very seldom go to the movies is that there's *always* somebody loudly explaining the plot wrong. (I still remember a childhood instance, where one viewer constantly reassured another that they couldn't kill Richard Burton in "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" because, after all, he was not only the star he was Richard Burton.)

communicator: I read that there is a whole category of obese children who just eat continuously the whole time they're awake and not in a situation (e.g., school) where food is not constantly available.
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Date:January 12th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Overhearing bad plot explanations! Sheer torture for a busybody like me. Deliciously awful.

I wonder if that 'eat constantly' thing is an urban myth, though.

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