posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 03:06 PM
Does anyone else remember when all you would see before the latest theatre movie was a few trailers for upcoming films? I mean i'm not THAT old, so
it couldnt have been too long ago. Then all of a sudden it was like, one commercial would come on, kinda start like a movie trailer and end up to be a
commercial for gum or something. I remember thinking..."thats a little wierd".
fast forward a few years and now i'm sitting down, watching 4 or 5 blatent outright boring old commercials before the trailers even start. I mean
the kind of commercials that make you change the channel when your at home. I don't know if i'm alone on this, but I live in canada - and here we
can pay up to 11 - 12 dollars to see a movie. Once inside , due to the fact that any outside comforts of your own choosing are prohibited - drinks
food etc. - you must purchase only what they offer. this can cost here, for a combo of some kind - about 20 dollars give or take. I mean $6.50 for
popcorn? so...thats just corn thats heated up right...I'm not missing something am I? $ 5.00 for a MEDIUM coke. thats just coke right? The one
that's around $2.00/ 2 litre at even the most convenient of convenience stores? sugar water ?
so i've spent my THIRTY dollars to get into my seat, put the stale popcorn and salty canola oil in my lap, and put my watered down coke in the
broken cup tray. enjoying the sticky sound my shoes make as i lift them off and on the floor below me, and with the provided "tribute" magazine i
have to put down because it's so dark i can only see the adds, i look up at the screen.
Oh my. That dark red velvet curtain billowing accross the covered screen, sometimes like a heavenly veil covering up a beautifull mystery about to
unfold inside, sometimes like a potatoe sack covering the rusty cage of the latest freak show.in the air quiet music plays, light classical. It
reminds you of the parallel you are in between the modern movie experience, and when people would go to a play or the opera. sadly, thats all gone
now. now i look at the screen and its wide open, curtain spread like a 30 dollar hooker giggling at your the size of your wallet.and what does she
offer? Advertisements, on a loop over and over. o.k that's not completely true, in between the stetson man, and the newest gas guzzler you will find
tough insightfull movie trivia like: "who said: "may the force be with you" "
a) ben afleck
b) pauly shore
c) sir. alec guinness
wow that's a tuffy. hmm...
or .. " hey kids! which is your favourite onscreen hero?"
wheeew. the conversations that has started.. oh the times i've had pondering that one...Look i don't care if adam sandler once said " Hi how are
you" in what movie.
I don't want to use my ticket stub for 10% off paint ball 3 hours away, and i'm not gonna buy a hummer.well, atleast thats over, o.k.. please turn
off cell phones... yada yada ... Vagasil? what! people are dancing in the streets causing traffic jams, drinking soda. this car is gonna take me
camping on the edge of a volcano...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...I have actually forgotten on occasion the movie i'm there to see by the time the credits role.
and don't get me started on the quality of movies these days. I don't know man. I'm tired of it. what happened? all I know is if just one theatre
of people protested it would be something. if two theatres full of people did it, i bet the media would cover it. if everyone stood up and demanded
more for there money, demanded that the outragous cost involved in seeing a movie atleast warrant a commercial free experience and quality
entertainment, it would happen. After all if were gonna change the world we gotta start small, baby steps. This to me is one of the most blatant cheap
slaps on the face we all put up with. why dont we do anything about it? I don't know, maybe i'm just the spoiled child of the lucas and spielberg
days of movie magic. it's a presence i have not felt since.....