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Old 10-22-2019, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by John_W View Post
From age 17 to about age 30 I use to go to the movies quite often, once a month or so. Movies like Butch Cassidy, Dirty Harry, the Godfather, Chinatown, Dog Day Afternoon, the Shining, Aliens, The Exorcist, Jaws, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Silver Streak, Blues Bros, Rocky, American Graffiti, Animal House, etc.

After age 30 and before 39 I only went when it was something I really wanted to see, maybe 3 to 5 times a year. Films like Airplane, Raising Arizona, Die Hard, Full Metal Jacket, Jagged Edge, Platoon, Stand by Me, Amadeus, Blue Velvet, Body Double, Scarface, Hoosiers, Wall Street, Broadcast News, etc.

After age 39 and before 60 I only went on rare occassion, it was so few I can remember each film. Age 39 Lethal Weapon 2 (first date with my wife), Apollo 13 (45th birthday) Blair Witch Project (age 49 filmed in Maryland where I lived) Zodiac (age 57 big fan of true crime)

Age 61 moved to TV, because I have the time and we have 3 theaters I started going once a month. We also had a good selection from 2011 until 2016. Films like Gone Girl, American Sniper, Gravity, Capt. Phillips, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Blue Jasmine, Ides of March, the Imitation Game, etc.

The last couple of years it's gotten slim. This year I've only gone three times. 1) Stan & Ollie (about Laurel & Hardy) 2) Yesterday (due to a blackout the Beatles didn't exist and one musician remembers their songs and becomes a star) 3) Joker (Great Reviews and didn't want to want for HBO).


As far as movies staying longer at the theater in TV, besides a lack of good films, longer play means more money for the theater. For example a major film like Star Wars latest the theater had to give 100% of the receipts to the studio the first week and for each week thereafter they did get a cut, which got bigger each week. The average film the theater will only keep about 20% of the take from the first week, their profits come from the concessions. For each week the film stays the theater will get to keep another 10 - 20% of the money. If a film stays about a month or more it become a money maker.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Aloha1 View Post
I've got a 65" 4K TV but you can't beat the large expanse of screen and Dolby Atmos sound in a theatre.
So true. Now if only The Villages would add Dolby ATMOS (or DTS:X) to one of their theaters! Better yet, if only they would add a Dolby Theater, complete with LASER projection Dolby Vision and Dolby ATMOS! The nearest Dolby Theater is in Altamonte Springs and is too far to go for anything not guaranteed to be a fantastic film. I saw Blade Runner: 2049 there and it was an epic movie-going experience. But they charge close to $20 a ticket for that theater and I doubt there are enough big screen/big sound fans in The Villages willing to pay that kind of price to support such a theater.
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Originally Posted by retiredguy123 View Post
I don't go to the movies because the people there are always making noises with cell phones and talking and it is very distracting. I would suggest the theaters provide a sound plug-in jack (like on airplanes), so you can bring headphones. If they did, I would probably go to a lot of movies.
Sound too loud for me, I leave with headache that turns into migraine. I like the headset idea where you could control the volume. But, probably still wouldn’t go due to only one ear left and have to limit obnoxious noise.
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:21 PM
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Maleficent on Saturday was about 70% full @ 5:30. Not a fan of going to SS, but it was raining so killed 2 hours.
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Old 10-23-2019, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Polar Bear View Post
Let’s see...I can sit at home in my oversized recliner, watch my big screen 4K TV for ‘free’, pause the show any time I want, eat anything I want, drink anything I want, decide on a whim to watch something else or nothing at all.

Let me see...hmmm.
What he/she said!!! PLUS the movies of today, mostly are just garbage. VERY few are worth the time or money to go to. While growing up I went to movies almost all the time as it was a distraction of something to do. NOW we have so many other things to occupy our time.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:12 AM
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Not much to see out there. Too much politics added.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:33 AM
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Aside for lousy movies, dropping 15 bucks for the show and another 10 or so for snacks, folks that want to talk or answer their phone, I'd rather stream a movie at home. Spend some money on a good surround sound and never go back.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Two Bills View Post
It's all Marlon Brando's faullt.
Now all the actors have taken to mumbling and swallowing their words.
I haven't understood a bloody word actors have spoken for years, and when you add the 'Mood Music,' the whole thing is impossible.
Don't even get me going on the pop corn munchers, gallon bucket Coke slurpers, or hot dog chompers, most of whom think they will die unless they intake at least 2000 calories an hour.
I just don't bother going any more!
A lot of the dialog is now muddled in the mix of music and sound effects. Years ago, the focus was on the spoken word, which allowed you to understand what was being said. It is usually much easier to hear what is going on in older movies. And, as we get older, we have less hearing ability to pick the dialog out of the background noise. Closed captioning is a nice thing to have on our TV sets!
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:48 AM
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I remember movies in the 40's and 50's where the actors had a distinct way of speaking that was quite clear.

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Old 10-26-2019, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by retiredguy123 View Post
How's your memory?
I guess that's a good question. I've always had a great long-term memory. I can tell you the date I did most anything important. I find it's easier if you tie it into some other important event. When I saw a movie it was remembered because of a birthday, a happening, meeting someone. For example, I graduated from high school on June 6, 1968, why do I remember that date, RFK died that day. I also have a good short-term memory which was enhanced by being an air traffic controller. In a dark, cool room you're forced to remember the goings and comings of ten aircraft that is constantly changing for a two hour period. Kind of like playing chess but the pieces are moving. Here's Pensacola Approach where I worked for a few years.

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