Going to the movies

It’s so different, going to the movies here! Things have changed — when did this business begin of showing TV previews for 15 minutes prior to the film? Why am I paying for a theater ticket so that I can be bombarded with ads for TV shows I’m never going to watch?

On the other hand, there are lots of trailers, which is great fun. In Portugal (or at least, in the theaters we go to), we only see one or two. So far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.

But on the third hand, Portugal has intermissions. I miss intermissions. It’s so…civilized, being able to get up and stretch and visit the restroom halfway through. It gives you a chance to chat with your companions about the film so far, and make predictions about what’s to come. It also gives you the ability to drink without worrying about spending the last hour of the film with your legs tightly crossed.

At any rate, let me just state for the record that “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a wonderful film, filled to the rafters with some of the finest actors in the profession. Nor are they wasted; the dialogue gives them a great deal to work with, and work they do. They were a delight to watch.

But it’s not “The Avengers,” which probably explains why our theater looked like a large meeting of the Red Hat Society. Rarely have I seen so much gray and silver! I’m in my mid-40s and was almost certainly the youngest person in the audience. Given that I live with an 11-year-old and am subjected to any and all superhero films, which are invariably packed with kids, it was rather a nice change.

Of course, I also saw “The Avengers” on Monday — and was among the eldest people there. It’s all relative, isn’t it?


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Going to the movies

  1. Joao Brandao says:

    And your thoughts on The Avengers?

    • oregon expat says:

      I enjoyed it, largely because unlike the dreary Batman and Spiderman films, the Marvel comic films tend to be fun, and this one was more fun than the rest. Joss Whedon is a great director and managed to give the characters a little more zing than they’d probably have managed on their own. And I loved the fact that the single “token” female member of the Avengers not only kicked serious butt, but also outsmarted Loki. Gotta love a woman with brains!

  2. Lilaine says:

    And what about the fourth hand? 😮 😉

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    Perhaps with some exceptions, I think that cinema intermissions disappeared in Spain eons ago, along with classic movie theaters, continuous showings and double features.

    Regarding trailers, I hate those that spoil the entire plot or, in action films, show all the great scenes so there is nothing interesting left for the actual movie. Now, in spite of the low resolution, an old trailer that doesn’t spoil anything and still makes me want to watch the (excellent) movie is this one.

    • I so agree with you. I also hate a spoiling trailer and the trailer you linked is one of the best around. Love the phrase by the end.

      Have you seen the new movie trailer from the same director?! Not so good, but still very well done and a must see soon in a theater near you:

      They also have a extended trailer that, imo, reveals a bit too much (i.e. more spoilers):

      • Ana_ñ says:

        As on principle I refuse to watch spoiling trailers, I haven’t dared to click the second link. I will do it AFTER watching the movie. 🙂

        I have seen the first link. It clearly emulates the trailer of the original film, made then by the director himself. Let’s hope that this self-homage in the trailer predicts an equally great movie.

    • oregon expat says:

      Ohhhh…a classic. And now I realize why the Prometheus trailer uses that particular sound — it’s an homage.

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