Why going to the Cinema is an Awful Experience

Why going to the Cinema is an Awful Experience

Filed under: Advertising Idiots — Carl Hepburn @ 9:11 pm March 25, 2012

It is my anniversary today and while passing the local cinema, my wife suggested that we see a film. I haven’t been to the cinema for a long time and despite my reservations I agreed. On entering the lobby, the smell of fresh pop-corn filled our noses and we tried to find out what to watch. The first thing is that you have to know what you want to see because although there is lots of information about what is going to be shown in the future, there is very little information about what is showing at the time other than the title of the film and when the next showing is due.
All the films come from America or are about American culture despite the thriving cinema industry in other countries. I would like to see more variety in the content. How about some World cinema instead of lowest common denominator, special effect laden Hollywood tripe. Then there is the ticket price, £9 per person is just a rip-off especially in the afternoon when there are least number of people. Snack prices are another rip off.
Perhaps one the most annoying things is the adverts and trailers. When you say the film is going to start, here’s a tip, start the bloody film. I don’t want to sit and be bombarded by adverts for 20 mins and then sit through trailers for films that I am never going to see. This wasting of time is just done to try and sell overpriced snacks because bored impatient people will do anything to try and fill the time. Then more adverts about turning your phone off.
The final insult was to be shown an advert against movie piracy before the main film began. Fuck you! I have paid money, and I am watching this film in the cinema and you are preaching to me to not pirate films! What a way to treat the audience.

The only good thing was the size of the screen which was impressive, unfortunately the film was terrible. For the record, it was ‘The Devil Inside’ which was described as a supernatural horror like the Exorcist. Unfortunately it was a documentary style film which was badly acted and with all the priests just reminded me of an episode of Father Ted without the jokes. It was just an awful film. Even the scriptwriters must have got bored halfway through because the film ends with the protagonists having a car crash and the credits roll. This is the equivalent of a bored child’s creative writing essay where they can’t be bothered to write any more and look to end the story by writing, “and then I woke up. It was all a dream.”
With a crap experience like that it is easy to understand why people would rather download a shakey, low quality pirate of the screen showing the back of someone’s head than being fleeced by going to the cinema.

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  • Whilst agreeing with you on most of it, it is the advertising and the stuff about upcoming films which make the cinema commercially viable. Without them there would be no cinema for you to go in and find out you don’t like it much.

    Comment by John — May 16, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  • Couldn’t agree more. I used to “go to the pictures” every week. On Saturday, I went to an Odeon for the first time in about 5 years. My friends insisted on getting there right on time, even though I knew we’d have to wait half an hour for bloody thing we’d paid to see. It was excruciating. The film was crap too. They think I’m just a grumpy old woman (I’m not even 40) who moans about everything. I’m not. I just choose to engage my brain once in a while, and think for myself. Ten minutes ago, I had to sit through that AWFUL NatWest ad where the stupid girl “travelling around the world” loses all her money and her SMILING dad sends her even more, via his iPhone. It made me want to load the shotgun.

    Comment by Sarah Deane — June 12, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  • How can you possibly say that, John? If the cinema was free and you had to watch advertising to fund it then I would agree with you but, YOU PAY! Not a nominal fee but through the nose. In my case, £9 each and this was in the afternoon. Are you really suggesting that given the number of showings and the number of people, that the cinema would not be economically viable? To make extra profits there is the extortionately priced snacks to accompany your overpriced ticket. The cinemas are screwing their customers for all they are worth and they still bitch and moan about piracy.

    Comment by Terry Vision — June 12, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  • I went to see the latest Batman “the Dark Knight rises” just as it was being reported about the massacre in Colorado. I thought “Great, now I’m gonna get stabbed or something for telling some shit stain to shut up and watch the movie”! The last three times I have gone to the movies, people (hippity-hop teens) have ruined my “wonderful 3D movie experience”!
    Aside from the usual crap of overpriced everything and 30min of adverts, we were packed in like sardines. The place was full! Again I thought, “Geez, all these people, someone is gonna fuck me right off”! After having to listen to people laugh at the (tv)adverts(in a cinema WTF?) I thought I was in a room full of idiots. Eventually the movie started and people shut the fuck up. When the movie finished, a strange thing happened. People clapped and applauded the movie! The last time I saw that was when “dirty dancing”(1987)came out. Wow! Humans +10 points.
    P.S- Sorry humans, minus 10 points for “dirty dancing”.
    Back to squre one!

    Comment by GLD — July 23, 2012 @ 3:47 am

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