Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Best Laid Plans Can and Usually Do Go Awry....

Given the choice, 99% of the time I'll opt to wait for a movie to come out on DVD or streaming to see it. If we do go to the theater, it will be for an early matinee a week or two after the movie's been released--I hate crowds. I've only attended evening showings twice in the past twenty years--once, for an advance screening for which Collin and I had been given free tickets, and more recently, for the Marvel Movie Marathon in 2012. It was fifteen hours of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America, ending with the midnight premiere of The Avengers. In spite of my aversion to crowds, it was fun.

Next week, the latest from Marvel--Captain America: The Winter Soldier--opens officially on April 4th, though many theaters are offering an early showing on the 3rd. Collin and I have been anxiously awaiting this latest installment, and I would have preferred to see it at one of those aforementioned matinees--but because Collin's regular days off were Wednesday and Thursday, we would have had to wait almost a week to see it.

Collin suggested we go to the Thursday evening showing. Reluctantly, I agreed, and we ordered our tickets online. We had it all planned: an early dinner at TGI Fridays near the theater before the movie, followed by what could be a long wait in a long line for seating, even though we'd bought our tickets in advance.

Then his boss changed his days off to Mondays and Tuesdays....

Personally, I'm looking forward to the day movies go the way of books and music and, to an extent, TV: via the internet. I believe the day will come when new movies will make their debuts in the comfort of our living rooms. Instead of standing in line at theaters and having to deal with obnoxious moviegoers, we'll simply pay online theaters for a single showing and make our own popcorn and nachos.... 

What's your preference--seeing movies at the cinema or waiting for the DVD? Matinee or evening showings?

And on the subject of movies, William has a review of a classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail over at his blog today. His reviews are great--be sure to check it out!


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  2. Oh man, that blows! What are you going to do now? I say proceed as planned and he can call in sick. Or maybe the boss will understand that you already bought tickets in good faith? For me, I rarely see movies on opening weekends, I dislike the crowds as well and being scent sensitive, they can trigger a nasty headache. But I will definitely be going to see Cap on opening day. There are maybe 2 or 3 movies a year that I do this for even though it's much easier since we both quit our day jobs to get into an earlier showing with less of a crowd. I love the video on demand option, we recently watched Veronica Mars that way. With our big screen tv and the ability to lounge in comfort and pause for bathroom breaks, I'd prefer to watch almost any movie that way. But I'd still go see Cap or the Avengers on the big screen for the spectacle.

  3. Well darn! That always happens, doesn't it? Something about Murphy's Law, maybe???

  4. I do not like going to the theater. I am a DVD girl and there are few movies I am anxious to see enough to go to opening night. Not so with my better half. He likes being with crowds and some movies just call to him. So occasionally I go with him (to be a nice human being) but seriously watching a movie at home is by far better.

  5. For me, it depends on the movie. Some movies, like that one, must be seen in the theatre. Others can wait.

    Hopefully Collin can switch shifts...

  6. It depends on the movie. Some movies need to be seen BIG in the theater with people cheering or laughing. But then that means you need to see it again to hear what you missed.
    I usually wait till the run is almost done at the one chain I like or wait for it to come to the $3 dollar theater or netflix.
    I am not good with crowds of people and unruly children.

    cheers, parsnip

  7. @ Lisa: I agree! I just couldn't wait to see this movie--I've waited long enough! (I'm also scent-sensitive, so I know what a pain that can be.)

    @ Cheryl: Sometimes I think I should change my name to Murphy. Or Job!

    @ Carole: Have you tried streaming yet? I'm not surprised PJ likes going to the theater. He's definitely a people person, isn't he?

    @ William: I agree. For Avengers or Minions, we just can't wait! Then there are movies like Gravity that must be seen on a BIG screen, at least the first time. But I really hate 3D, and these days too many movies in theaters are 3D....

    @ Gayle: That was the case with the Marvel Marathon. The enthusiasm of the audience added to the experience.

    I do the same thing. We have a cheapy theater within walking distance!

  8. Since I budget for everything, I usually wait for the DVD or go to the 2 dollar show.

    Hugs and chocolate!

  9. All depends Norma.. Love going to Paradiso, a smaller really old cinema to see foreign movies, French usually :) and am happy to see others on DVD. Hope yourself and Collin get to see the movie soon.

  10. @ Shelly: I think the economy has kept a lot of people out of the cinemas.

    @ Grace: We'll get there. I'm cheap. We've got the tickets, therefore, we are going!

  11. Boo! What a bummer! :( I'm with you - I hate crowds and obnoxious fellow patrons and uncomfortable seats, would rather sit on my comfy couch, in pjs and not pay an arm and a leg for oversalted popcorn and expensive admission. I almost always wait for DVD.

  12. Sorry about the change in plans. I am more of a DVD kind of girl!

  13. @ Carla: Movie theaters need to start planning ahead so they don't end up extinct. Everybody, it seems, prefer to watch at home!

    @ Hilary: We're still going! I don't go out very often these days, but I refuse to miss this!

  14. Most at home, but I still want the movie house to be there, as I enjoy it for certain movies.


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