Friday, November 13, 2009

This means you...

When we are sitting in the theater waiting for The Men Who Stare At Goats to start, and the giant flying Tinkerbell from the Uncanny Valley comes on the screen and tells you to turn off your cell phone and shut your piehole, this is not an indication that you should start a rambling stage-whispered monologue at your seatmate about the last time you were in a theater and this person kept kicking your seat and the seats were really nice because they were adjustable and this reminds you of another movie where...

Because when you do that, it may make the person a few seats down from you have a sudden urge to pistol whip you until you shut the heck up, and the next theater patron may not possess the inhuman level of self control that I do.

Anyhow, even despite the motormouth pinko college prof three seats over, about whose life I now know more than I ever wanted, the movie was a hoot. Bless his Bolshevik heart, George Clooney sure can act; too bad they don't keep a sock in his mouth when he's off camera.

17 comments:

paulcr39 said...

Last movie I saw in a theater was Jurassic Park III.

The movie before that that I saw in a theater: Ordinary People.

I can't begin to imagine what the theaters are like now with cell phones and assorted electronic gadgets.

Have no real desire to go find out.

eeky said...

Yeah, I can imagine how after seeing Jurassic Park III you'd want to avoid movies altogether.

Joanna said...

Saw the trailer; thought it looked HIlarious. Clooney's character seems very similar to his Ulysses Everett McGill from "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou". Guess I'll have to see it to find out if that's accurate or not.

Anonymous said...

put my old washer out for heavy trash it was gone in minits I was outside and never saw a thing.

Nate said...

I was terribly disappointed with MWS@G. The previews looked hilarious but I thought the film was really flat and the ending lame. There were a couple smart scenes but overall I thought it was lame.

Did see Pirate Radio tonight and it was a great movie. Funny and it has a rocking 60's vintage soundtrack. Thought it was much better than MWS@G.

RevolverRob said...

The last time I saw a movie in a big box theater, it ruined it for me. I sat through The Dark Knight, in a cramped theater full of teenagers who couldn't or wouldn't shut up. When I complained to management, they responded with, "Well, if you don't like it leave." So, I did.

Now, I've been to several great movies since them. All of them at the local hippy dippy, movie snob joint here. They serve food (with an actual waiter/waitress), beer, iced tea (unlimited refills!). They also take talking and cell phone usage during the movie serious. Not as in, "please leave" serious, but as in, "Oh shit, the manager is coming with the huge door guy and they just threw his ass out and told him never to come back for using his cellphone," serious.

It's a great experience, every time I go. The management, employees, and patrons enjoy their movie experiences and are polite and courtesy about it. Love it when that happens.

-Rob

Andrew said...

I want to live where Rob lives.

WV: synick -- Why, yes, I am.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I won't deny being chatty up until the kill cell phones sign comes up, cause I am, but after that I STFU. I saw Law Abiding Citizen. Great movie except for the silly ending. Anyway, I got short review on My blog if anyone is interested.

I'm definitely going to have to check out The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Brian J. said...

Yeah, that ending of Men Who Stare At Goats was kinda lame.

Saw the trailer for Brothers preceding the film and booed it. Undoubtedly, though, that film will get the Nobel Prize for Cinema.

Tam said...

The ending wasn't Being All It Could Be, but the movie itself had a delightfully surreal Coen Brothers-esque quality to it.

Anybody who laughed all the way through Burn After Reading (as I did) will probably enjoy it.

Ed Foster said...

On your recommendation, I'll try the flick.

As per Bolo George, listening to him doing a live, unscripted interview reveals a somewhat dull witted man.

Not as legitimately stupid as say Astin Kucher or Melanie Griffith, who dabble with the edges of mildly retarded, but a guy who would be fully occupied running a gas pump on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Living proof of what Charleton Heston said, to whit: "Acting isn't an art, it's a craft, that can be learned by anybody".

From the man who did The Agony And The Ecstasy, The Ten Commandments, El Cid, etc.

I wonder how many "Psych/Intro to teaching exceptional students" type courses film majors have to take today?

CGHill said...

I would note only that if you have the need to pistol-whip someone, it helps greatly to have a pistol.

Anonymous said...

Yeah it's ok to improvise when the need arises with any number of blunt hard solid objects.

After all, the reciever won't care, why should you.

John B said...

And it doesn't necessarily have to be a CLEAN sock either.

Sorry, ran into an It's all Americas Fault-er earlier, and pistol-whipping is not on. I wanna get out a four foot mauser and turn him into mash potatoes.....

Caleb said...

I rarely go see movies in theatres for that precise reason. I recall a distant time in the past where people would shut the fuck up and watch the goddamn movie.

Baddog said...

This will get you kicked out forever but, may be worth it. Carry one of those small boating air horns in your pocket. If you run across an idiot incapable of shutting up, move behind him/her and give them a good 2-sec. blast. Leave quickly before mgmt figures out who did it. Heh

dave said...

Undoubtedly, though, that film will get the Nobel Prize for Cinema.

Is Lord Barry done with it?