Re: With Popcorn, DVD's and TiVo, Moviegoers Are Staying Home
i'm a self-proclaimed movie geek, but my trips to the theater are fewer and fewer. last movie i went to see in a theater was I, Robot - not a great choice, IMO, mind you.
the local theater here only plays the "Hollywood favorites"...and let us face it, many of the best movies are not coming from Hollywood anymore. Yeah, i like to watch a movie with a guy blowing up terrorists in a high-rise as much as anyone - but after a while, one searches for more. Miss Congeniality 2 ain't gonna get it anymore.
of course, the setting also has a lot to do with it. in seeing Return of the King, i sat near what was probably one of the stupidest human beings on the face of the earth, who had such ground-breaking comments as "boy...sure is taking them a long time to get to the mountain!" "Doesn't that hurt their feet?" and "Are those people supposed to be dead or something?"
and why parents insist on bringing their kids to some movies is beyond me. The Ring is not a good movie to bring your kids to. The Perfect Storm is going to be a long and boring movie for many kids (as well as adults). Let's not even go into the infamous Schindler's List experience, where the lights had to be turned on three times to get people there to shut up. Next time i go to the movies, i will be armed with extra rolls of duct tape. and, no, it will not be for the theater's duct work.
of course, there is another thing which home viewing can offer which a theater cannot - a pause button. And real food. Seats which don't have something "funny" under them.