Whenever there is a discussion about movies and or theaters; there will always be a posting like this:
Theaters are over rated, for $4.99 I can watch any new released movie in HD on in demand and they always release on demand on the same day as the dvd releases. And the funny part is because I have bought movies from them all the time threw on demand Cox gives me like two bucks off so I only really pay $2.99. So what would I rather do sit at a theater listen to people talk on their cell phones and hear kids crying or people eating pop corn or sit in my living room in my recliner.?
Seriously they should just release movies right off for renting.
Amen, movies are way too expensive now. My screen at home is way better anyways. Why pay $10+ to watch standard definition movies with annoying people?
I am not going to theaters, nor buying full-priced DVD’s for my movie enjoyment, mostly because 90% of movies are lousy anyway.
It does seem like we’ve been in a rut for a few months on movie quality.
Legitimate dvd’s should cost like $5 then i would gladly buy whatever movie i wanted to watch.
$20- $25 is way too much and movies these days make millions of dollars in profit anyways.
Are the really lousy? Or do you just have different taste then other people?
check rottentomatoes.com the majority are LOUSY.
No they’re lousy. I used to take in 3, sometimes 4 movies a week up until 10 or 12 years ago when we REALLY started getting bombarded with absolute shite from Hollywood.
I know! The movies these days are SO bad that I will only watch them for free! THAT is how bad they are! Just terrible! THAT is why I pirate! Because I only pirate crappy movies!
You obviously haven’t seen Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc.
yet you will still pirate most movies. Just because something is shitty doesnt mean you deserve to get it for free.
The movie theater near me that I affectionatly refer to as the local “Dirt Theater” has 8 screens, all of which are taller and wider than my home, a three story 3 bedroom with full basement and all the mod cons one would love. Each screen is accompanied by loveseat style thatre seats that allow one to get cozy and large accomodating aisles that (for the most part) leave you miles from the people ahead and behind you. This is the “Dirt” theatre. As in the crappiest one nearby. It is 1-million times better than the 52 inch LCD HD tv that my sister-in-law sports and better still than the 62-inch projection deal my more affluent friends have going. The screen in the cheapest theatre around me (gives you free tickets if you go to a week day showing, when no KIDS OR LOUD ASSHOLES ARE THERE) has excellent popcorn and snacks and an amazing digital sound system that immerses one in the movie. On top of that you can see the movie with 20-40 of your friends or co-workers and no one is forced to sit on the ground or anything.
How watching a movie at home alone is superior to this experience I will never know.
All of that aside, if your aspergers has become so pronounced that you cannot stand the idea of enjoying a social event like a big movie premiere, I understand. I mean, you are backward and socially withdrawn and you hate crowds, I get it. Sure.
However, the “Movies Suck Now” argument is SO disinginuous, one hardly has the blood in one’s brain to even take the time to comment on it.
It would seem that people look at the movies of yesteryear as some kind of geneology that led somehow to a generation of subnormals that communicate only in grunts.
These are the top grossing movies of 1995 (14 years ago)
|191,773,049||Toy Story (1995)|
|183,997,904||Batman Forever (1995)|
|108,344,348||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)|
|100,003,359||Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)|
|91,400,000||Crimson Tide (1995)|
Which of these Opus’ to the human condition was somehow better than say “Taken” or “[Rec]” or “The Dark Knight” okay se7en was a masterpiece. The rest, mass culture drek, enjoyable films, but not exactly hard eyed examinations of the human condition or a means to excel the art of film itself.
Twelve Years Ago:
|250,147,615||Men in Black (1997)|
|229,074,524||The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)|
|181,395,380||Liar Liar (1997)|
|172,620,724||Air Force One (1997)|
|147,637,474||As Good as It Gets (1997)|
|138,339,411||Good Will Hunting (1997)|
|126,805,112||My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)|
|125,332,007||Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)|
One Non-Hollywood movie and the one Bond Movie… (same as 1995)
|167,780,960||3 Men and a Baby (1987)|
|156,645,693||Fatal Attraction (1987)|
|153,665,000||Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)|
|123,922,370||Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)|
|76,270,454||The Untouchables (1987)|
|66,995,879||The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)|
|65,207,127||Lethal Weapon (1987)|
|63,952,836||Dirty Dancing (1987)|
|63,766,510||The Witches of Eastwick (1987)|
The Top Grossing movie from 1987 starred three aging men cooing over a baby girl (and may have starred a ghost!!!), hey look, two Cher movies too.
Popular movies will always be drek and pap. That’s why they are popular, they hit that good middle of the road where people above and below the line of average intelligence can see them. Sometimes the under the line’r folks just go ro more movies…
Subnormals watch a large number of movies.
Shoot, I’m digging a hole here.
|460,935,665||Star Wars (1977)|
|102,000,000||The Goodbye Girl (1977)|
|50,800,000||A Bridge Too Far (1977)|
|38,251,425||Annie Hall (1977)|
|31,063,038||High Anxiety (1977)|
|28,000,000||Slap Shot (1977)|
|28,000,000||Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)|
|26,414,658||The Gauntlet (1977)|
|25,850,802||Saturday Night Fever (1977)|
|24,652,021||The Other Side of Midnight (1977)|
There is a Herbie movie in there. Slap Shot, while considered a classic is hardly a pinnace of movie making. The less critically said about Star Wars, the better.
Are we seeing a pattern here? Mass Market movies will always “suck” in the eyes of overly critical assholes; they were never worth the 10cents movies cost when their Grandparents went to see them:
|33,300,000||The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)|
|25,600,000||Peyton Place (1957)|
|11,750,000||Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)|
|11,000,000||A Farewell to Arms (1957)|
|8,750,000||The Pride and the Passion (1957)|
|8,000,000||Island in the Sun (1957)|
|7,000,000||The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)|
|4,000,000||Jailhouse Rock (1957)|
That is an Elvis movie there and a Frankenstein Movie.
And may never be worth the money in the future either.
And just so I can make my point, you thought the MAtrix Sequels sucked, huh?
|377,027,325||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)|
|339,714,367||Finding Nemo (2003)|
|305,388,685||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)|
|281,492,479||The Matrix Reloaded (2003)|
|242,589,580||Bruce Almighty (2003)|
|150,350,192||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)|
|139,259,759||The Matrix Revolutions (2003)|
|138,614,544||Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)|
Yeah, the movie going public didn’t think the same thing as you.
My favourite movie in the past decade (real movie, not action movie) was Garden State, I loved it. It was not in the top ten movies of 2004, not by a long shot. That doesn’t give me the authority to turn around and say “all movies are crap!” And your taste not matching up with the general public doesn’t validate your qualitative description either.
So, to conclude, the movie going experience is better without all the people who don’t like the social aspect of the theaters; who complain about the prices and the crowds. The theater is better without the people who prefer to watch it on the Television over the Big Screen. In short, I enjoy the movies better without you.