Saturday, February 18, 2012

better in the matinee

I can't remember the last time I went to the movies.

Oh wait, I do. It was in October, at the Vancouver International Film Festival. My fellow Communiqueters and I took in the late morning screening of the Andrew Bird tour doc, Fever Year.

I've always preferred matinee showings - less crowds, more room, and if you play your cards right, you and your movie date will be the only ones in the entire theatre, which allows for unbridled commentary. Nothing enhances the film experience quite like the license to loudly slag the movie's flaws as they unfold.

I'm still disappointed that there was absolutely nothing showing in the theatres over the Christmas holiday. The Offspring and I have always enjoyed our Christmas holiday matinees, but Twilight movies are not going to cut it, I'm afraid.

And now that the all the Blockbusters have closed down, the nearest video store is a half hour drive away. It's a really good independent video store, but I am not prepared to do all that driving, to watch a movie at home by myself. Oh sure, I know you've got your Netflix and other fancy things these days, but I am sure I could never watch it enough to justify signing up. Besides, I am a notoriously late adapter.

How often do you go to the movies?
What was the last movie you watched?


Allison said...

I'm still trying to find a copy of Fever Year. Perhaps they will be for sale at his concert in April.

I just watched The Artist, which was a perfect matinee picture. I probably go to the cinema every month, or every other month.

Karen said...

Mom and I usually go to a few movies over the holidays as well but there just seemed to be nothing of interest- we didn't even make it to the new Sherlock Holmes film! Last month we went to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy but left about 1/2 way through because we were completely lost.

word verification: slobbering hurcita

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hope he's selling copies at the concert, Al, although I don't recall him bringing a lot of merch when he played the folk fest here a few years ago. Hopefully he's more merch-minded these days.
I can see The Artist being a good matinee picture, actually.

It was a lousy Christmas for movie expeditions, Karen, although I don't know if I have ever left a screening part way through. I guess I go to the movies so rarely that I am pretty sure I want to see the picture in question.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Netflix instant is the way to go.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There's an instant Netflix now, Dr M? You no longer have to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring constantly? Excellent!

Wandering Coyote said...

Funnily enough, the last movie I saw in a theatre was the Andrew Bird doc we all went to see in Oct. I rarely go to the theatre because it's just too expensive. But The Hunger Games is coming out next month and Karen sent me a gift card for Cineplex Odeon, so I am going to treat myself to a movie next month!

Anonymous said...

Once or twice a year we go to the movies. Too expensive. Recently we went to see Contraband. Good flick but we missed th matinee showing. Frankly mats are not all that cheap.

I don't care to sit inside the cineman during the middle of the day. Losing two hours of daylight messes with me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey, we are never go to movie twins, WC! As I recall, you loved that doc almost as I much as I did.
That was so nice of Karen! What a sweetheart!

It's the same here, Vicomtesse, matinees are not necessarily any cheaper than prime time, but there are fewer crowds. I get thrown off by spending the day in the darkness too, but sometimes you just have to wallow in it.

Anonymous said...

This is true.

LesleyG said...

I rarely go to the movie theater. I am far too annoyed by people, I think. Is that bad?

We have this new-er way of renting DVDs here called Red Box. Maybe they are not in Canada yet? They are stations set up in grocery stores, drug stores, etc. that are like Netflix but you go to them and you can order up movies/any DVD item to rent through an account just as you would on Netflix, but without the monthly commitment. You just order it, then go to the box to pick it up. They also keep movies stocked in case you didn't order anything but are in the mood to watch something. It's all automated- no humans. Too annoy me. Ha.

And if this isn't available to you yet or at all, then I just wasted a good amount of our time. Good day! ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I want Red Box, Lesley! It sounds just like what I need. Sadly we don't have them here (at least I am not aware of them). But far from wasting my time, you have given me something to long for.

mister anchovy said...

I like going to the early shows too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There's something delightfully sinful about stealing away the afternoon to go to the movies, Mr Anchovy.