Friday, February 8, 2019

Coming Attractions: Do You or Don't You?

Do you go to the movies, or do you wait for new releases to be available on Blu-Ray or streaming?

My friend and fellow author Christiane Heggan posted on her Facebook page this morning about why she doesn't go to the movies anymore. One of her reasons is the distraction caused by cellphones. We don't have that problem where I live. Turn your phone on during the movie and you'll be going home early--as in before the movie is over. And no, management will not refund your ticket price.

It helps to go to early showings. The tickets are cheaper and the theater isn't crowded.  Collin and I rarely go to evening showings.

The second reason Christiane gave is the movies themselves: too somber, too serious--message movies. I agree with her. I don't like movies that are too dark, too serious. Actors see them as art. I don't go to the movies for art. I go to be entertained. I go for fun. I want to laugh. I want to grip my seat until my knuckles go white. I want to have a good time.

Collin and I go to the cinema to see superhero movies. Or Minions. Back in 2012, we attended a fifteen-hour Marvel Movie Marathon--all six of the movies released prior to The Avengers, which was shown at midnight. It was crowded, it was fun...but I doubt I'd ever do it again. I'm old. My days of staying up all night ended a long time ago. 

The last time Collin and I were at the cinema, it was for Aquaman. Next up: Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. Action and laughs guaranteed--except for Avengers:  Infinity War. Loved the movie, hated the ending. It was depressing.

If I want to be depressed, I'll watch the news. It doesn't get more depressing than that.


  1. I agree that the news is depressing and some of the new movies have underlying messages. Sadly, I'm hooked on Hall(yawn)mark. Lol

  2. Most people behave themselves in regards to not taking out a cell phone during a movie. I prefer knowing when the trailers are going to start, because one thing I don't like sitting through at the theatre are the endless commercials and 'spots' by some brainless twit calling himself a host.

    1. I have the Run Pee app on my phone so I can figure times, including bathroom breaks.

      Endgame is three hours long and may have an intermission.

    2. I saw part of a movie on TV when they were all being shot at and went to hide away at Arrows (?)home. Then I had to leave so I don't know who was who but what I saw was great.
      I used to love going to the movies but people think they are home and talk through the movie or check their phone every second.
      We go to early showings and sit in handicapped it is really not so awful or we to the posh theater that has comfy seats and serves food. Last movie I saw was the Black Panther. I would like to see Aquaman.

      cheers, parsnip

    3. You'll love Aquaman. DC is finally giving their characters a sense of humor.

      Collin and I love the DC TV shows. Arrow is the darkest of the five. My favorite is Legends of Tomorrow.

  3. I hardly ever go to movies Norma but when I do it's usually a foreign movie.. yourself, Collin and Aimee would have a ball at the movies, every movie you mentioned, she's seen too 😀

  4. I'm with you--I want fun and maybe laughs at the movies. We usually only go if it's a comedy or something with a lot of special effects--otherwise we wait for it to come out on TV.


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