Spider-Man has annoying fans

spider_man_3.jpgI, along with 20 other friends and acquaintances, went to the 7:45pm showing of Spider-Man 3 at Kips Bay. I won’t review the film here, but I will review my fellow moviegoers.

1. It might be me, but I don’t think that Spider-Man 3 is the most appropriate movie for a 2 or 3 year old. When said 2 or 3 year old becomes bored with the movie, the middle of the theater is not the appropriate location for a tickle fight.

2. When the ads before the movie advise you to turn off your cell phone, they aren’t just talking about the ringer. The middle of the movie is not the appropriate time or place to call your friend to find out where he’s at, or to give him your review of the movie up to that point.

3. This is one I still haven’t been able to comprehend. The final fight sequence of the movie is not the appropriate time to take a picture of yourself with your camera. Let me be more specific…it is not the appropriate time to pull out your point-and-shoot digital camera, hold it at arms length, point the lens — and therefore the flash — at you, and with the red eye reduction preflashes firing, take a picture of yourself — and since you were in the fifth row — blind everyone else in the theater for 30 seconds.

When did people become so rude? When I was growing up, going to the movies was never so annoying. When did it start?

5 Comments so far

  1. Al Shaw (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    Good manners are ingrained in the family home. Where this is is unstable or lacking relational depth, this character formation is harder to achieve.

    Even when learned at home, manners can easily be eroded in an “anonymous” environment (such as a city) if people are not in social networks that reinforce and promote them.

    I think.

  2. Cully (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    Good Gravy I hate movie audiences in this city. Cell phones are such a bane. People have to realize that the LIGHT FROM THE SCREEN is just as distracting in a dark room as sounds would be. Especially in stadium style seating where you can see it from several rows back. Sadly this type of stuff is starting to creep into live theatre performances as well which is just incomprehensible. I blame videos/dvds. With the ability to stop and rewind etc., talking over something doesn’t matter.

  3. Ethan Stanislawski (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    Hey Al, didn’t know you read this blog too. But yeah, when people start treating a movie theater like it’s their home watching tv, that’s when the problem starts. My experience watching the movie Insomnia was forever ruined by a New Jersey mobster type taking out his cellphone no fewer than three times and talking to his friend loudly, often during crucial scenes of the movie. My dad went over to shut him up, but then left for fear of his safety (my dad is a schlumpy Jewish man, and clearly no match for the beastliest of Bergen county)

  4. Ethan Stanislawski (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    So apparently there are more than one people in the world named Al Shaw. Go figure.

  5. Michele (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    That is the main reason why I will not pay $12 to go to the theater. Instead I will wait 6 months and see it in the comfort of my home and my beautiful widescreen TV with a yummy bowl of homemade parmesan popcorn!

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