Something has got to be done about annoying moviegoers. But I'm too timid to do anything myself. The most I'll do is move seats to get away from an annoying person, but I wish I had the guts to do more. What do other people do when confronted by such rudeness?
I know what I'm getting myself into if I go to a movie at Court St- answering cell phones and having conversations during the movie, chair kicking, and crying infants. But now even "art theaters" are getting bad. My grandparents haven't been to a movie in the theaters in years because people who go to movies annoy them. I used to think that was ridiculous, but maybe I'll just buy a huge TV to watch movies on and be done with the whole mess.
Tae Guk Gi
At the ImaginAsian
Three action movie fans behind Sujan and me marred this Korean War drama. These were the kind of guys who sit with an empty seat between them so no one will think that they are gay. These are the kind of guys who like to talk to each other during the movie and share such amazingly insightful comments like, "Dude, they destroyed the whole village!" These were the kind of guys who were there to see the film because maybe it would be as good as "Mission Impossible 2."
Sujan eventually turned around and asked them to stop talking. One guy responded, "Who's talking? I'm not talking" And then they continued to talk even louder. We should have moved seats. But that tactic wouldn't have worked because of the bored toddler who kept crying. By the way, this film is one of the most violent films I've ever seen. What are people thinking taking a two year old to see it?
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
At the Angelika
I was forced to listen to a middle-aged father force feed his bored teenage son information about the Ramones and also occasionally sing along to his favorite songs. Near the end of the film, Johnny Ramone's acceptance speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included the lines, "God Bless George Bush! God Bless America!" The movie crowd gasped and booed. The Republican fuck turned around to the crowd and smiled and remarked to his son, "Hah, he's one of us!"
The Brown Bunny
Middle-aged asshole with his wife in front of Mitch and me. The movie started and he pointed at the screen (because obviously his wife couldn't read) and said, "Written, produced, and directed by Vincent Gallo!" Then he was one of those people who kept saying 'Mmmmm" loudly to let the audience know that he understand what was going on. Stay at home, and feel smart all you want, you fuck!
Assault on Precinct 13
This wasn't that bad. It only lasted ten minutes or so. And I don't want to embarrass anyone because the culprit is a friend of mine. So I won't blame him. I will blame the damn movie theater. Nachos should not be movie food! Chips are crunchy and very very very loud when you eat them! But I guess it wasn't the theater's fault that my friend tidied up with a very loud rubbing together of his hands. Maybe I'm just being picky here.
At Film Forum
One person was crinkling a plastic bag for about ten straight minutes. One person continually was cracking his/her knuckles. And the young couple behind me kept whispering loudly to each other, making plot predictions, and singing along to the score. Why didn't I say something? I turned around and glared and shook my head a couple of times but rude fucking people tend to be oblivious as well.
My hero in this matter remains Chris M. At a showing of some 60's cult film in the East Village a few years back, there was a guy who knew every line of dialogue to the film. He kept stating the lines right before the actors did. Chris turned around, looked him in the eye, and asked him, "Do you really think THAT is enhancing my movie experience?" The guy mumbled an apology and shut the fuck up!
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