Monday, April 4, 2011

My movie viewing preferences.

In my previous post, I mentioned an article titled, "The Day the Movies Died." In this article, the author stated numerous reasons why people stay at home to watch movies, rather than go to the theater. I, too, am guilty of staying home to watch movies; however, he didn't list the reasons that apply to me.  

I enjoy watching movies on the big screen, and prefer to see them at the cinema (mmm... popcorn... big screen...). So why am I a stay-at-home viewer?
  • Too often I am disappointed in the quality of the film. I don't like to pay full price (or even matinee price) to see a lame movie!
  • Life gets busy. Sometimes by the time I get a chance to get to the theater, the movie I wanted to see has come and gone.
But a major reason I wait for the DVDs to watch at home...
  • I don't like the content of most films. Movies have no need for vulgar language, extreme violence, and nudity/sex. At home, I can watch the DVD with a filter and not have to sit through the unnecessary garbage.
When a movie draws me to the cinema, it is usually geared for kids. Even then, I tend to wait for it to come to the "cheap theater" (or as my niece calls it: the "sticky shoe" theater). 

A problem stems from rarely attending new-release films... I don't see the previews for upcoming movies that might actually be worth paying full price and going to the theater to watch.  

After reading Harris' article, I realized that I need to make more of an effort to keep tabs on what's playing at the local cinema. I need to "vote with my money" and show that I will support new-release movies if they produce films of quality in good taste. 

I wonder how long I will have to wait for such a film to hit the screen.


  1. I am the same, Trudy. I don't want to spend good money on something I'm not sure about and then regret it. But I usually like the cinema environment better than sitting at home. There is something about laughing with a couple hundred other people or me and the big guy next to me trying to hide our tears from each other that is worth paying money for. My favorite thing, though, is to listen to the little kids giggle and the boys shout comments to their fathers about how cool something is.

    By the way, we saw "Rango" in theater and the only thing it did for me was the little kid thing. That was the only redeeming quality of the film, in my opinion.

  2. Yeah, I can just see you and another certain "big guy" next to you trying to hide tears. Kurt always insists that something got in his eye.

    So Rango was a disappointment? Guess I'll wait for the DVD. :) Thanks for the tip!

  3. I'm guilty of the same thing Trudy. I was a film major and I barely make it to the theater any more. Too expensive for poorly written stories. Someday we should open a theater that has "dynamic pricing." That way if a movie is good, the theater can charge more and keep it running longer. Win-win.