Sunday, April 25, 2010

Overheard (What's Your Movie-Going Frequency?)

Two men sitting near me at a Tribeca Film Festival screening with badges... a sign that you're generally seeing lots of films. Nevertheless, they seem to have very different ideas about what constitutes frequent moviegoing.

Guy #1: What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
Guy #2: Oh it was so long ago. [thinks for several beats.]
Guy #1: That long ago?
Guy #2: [suddenly remembering] Up in the Air!
Guy #1: [confused] That wasn't long ago.
Guy #2: Before Christmas! It was... it was good. Travelling as much as I do, it resonated.
I'm with Guy #2. That is way way too long without a trip to the theater. Four months? Yikes.

When were you last in a movie theater? Please don't say "Before Christmas." If you do, say ten Hail Meryls as penance and get thee to the multiplex.
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58 comments:

Paul Outlaw said...

April 4, The Runaways. It feels like months ago.

MRRIPLEY said...

eeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr orphan maybe or sorority row i go with my sis a horror film fan,the last serious film i saw was maybe the reader and as the world's only hilary swank fan i saw amelia as well and enjoyed it's old skoolness.

Matt T said...

20 hours ago. Kick-Ass. I liked it.

James T said...

A day ago, a documentary about Greek noir, thriller, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi Greek films. Before that, how to Train your Dragon.

Lev Lewis said...

Last Sunday, where I saw "Greenberg" for the second time. Going this afternoon as well to see "Kick-Ass", even though I should be seeing "The Square" or "The Secret in their Eyes".

Pretty hard to imagine having not been in a cinema for months on end. The most I ever go without is maybe over a week, and that's only due to shortage of cash.

Matt said...

I went on Tuesday. I saw "Date Night" and would not recommend it!

I probably go once a week to see a movie. I'm a terrible junkie.

Carl said...

Last weekend. My schedule keeps me out of the theaters for the most part during the week. This weekend, either catching up with last year's Oscars with "The Secret in their Eyes" or celebrating Earth Week with "Oceans".

NATHANIEL R said...

@mrripley -- you'll have to say 30 Hail Meryls. That's so long ago.

@Paul -- i know that feeling. I'm just about movie-ed out at the moment but i still feel like i haven't been going to any movies. Festivals are such a different experience.

NATHANIEL R said...

@Carl -- i'm beginning to feel guilty for not having seen SECRET IN THEIR EYES myself. But i keep hearing it compared to L&O or other television procedurals and my heart just sinks. a tv procedural beating A PROPHET or THE WHITE RIBBON? so sad.

pomme said...

last Thursday! the next: Tuesday

Agustin said...

yesterday, A Single Man
didn't love it
but fell in love with Jon Kortajarena!!!

Jake D said...

It was The Runaways for me too. Close to a month now I bet. Nothing has compelled me to make the six-block walk since.

Connor said...

April 13- Winter's Bone
believe EVERYTHING you've heard about Jennifer Lawrence. She's is so great in this movie

Amir said...

April 9th,
Date Night
i can't wait for my exams to be over (tomorrow!) so i can make the theatre trips more frequent.

The Dude said...

So long ago, I normally go weekly, sometimes even twice a week but the last time I went I saw Dear John (X|) almost 2 weeks ago, and since I have too much work I can't go today, which means I'll have to go until next Friday. That's 3 weeks. :'(

Jude said...

Friday I went to go see The Ghost Writer. Really good.

Wild Celtic said...

March 22nd...to see Alice in Wonderland 3D

Ben said...

Last night to see Greenberg. I really liked it, although perhaps not as much as The Squid and the Whale. Nat, have you seen it yet.

As for The Secret in Their Eyes-entertaining, but yes definitely like Law and Order. The White Ribbon and A Prophet are both much better.

Guy said...

Friday night for "I Killed My Mother."

Next time will be Tuesday for "Psycho II" at the NFT.

Frankly, I'm already feeling a bit bad that I didn't squeeze in the cinema trip I had planned for this weekend. What's wrong with those guys?

Daniel Armour said...

I go to the movies just about every single weekend (saw The Losers on Friday). In fact, last year there was only two or three weekends that I didn't go to the movies.

Robert said...

Alice In Wonderland... On March 12th! Wow, that's embarrassing. I used to go a couple times a week. I need to get out more.

City_Of_Lights said...

Saw Date Nght this week. Before that saw Remember Me sometime this month. Four months is too long....

Tedums_Precious said...

I saw How To Train Your Dragon in IMAX 3D last night. Great movie, recommended to everyone. Before that, I saw Kick-Ass twice in three days, The Last Song (UGH, got drug in by my best friend's girlfriend...), Avatar in 3D about 4 months late, and Alice In Wonderland. Sad part is, before I went to all of these, it had been since August when I saw a District 9/Inglourious Basterds double feature.

Totally off-topic, but the reason I've been going so much lately is I have a friend who works at the theater and lets all of his friends in free all the time. We all graduate really soon, so can anyone think of a gift idea so the group can pay him back?

ZiZo said...

5 Hours ago, Mother and Child.

Julian Stark said...

Kick-Ass this past Monday. I very much enjoyed it, but my favorite of the year is How to Train Your Dragon.

I'm definitely going to be at the theater on May 6 seeing Iron Man and then Iron Man 2 at 12:01 that night. However, I might make another venture out to the movies sometime before then.

del. said...

yesterday to see Cemetery Junction. greetings from London

Kurtis O said...

Friday. I saw "I Am Love." A-Mazing.

Tikabelle said...

I saw Alice in Wonderland, and then How to Train Your Dragon. I plan to be at the theater again soon to see Iron Man 2. I actually don't see a lot of movies at the theater; I tend to save romantic comedies and dramas for the comfort of my own home, and go to the theater for movies that I want to ::experience::. This is partly to do with lack of funds, though.

Dino said...

A double feature this past Wednesday 4/21 constituting of two movies that didn't live fully to their hype or critical consensus: How to Train Your Dragon and Kick-Ass.
Dragon was good (loved Toothless), but since I'm still riding high off the atypical (aka non-Pixar) greatness Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Secret of Kells, I was underwhelmed and annoyed by its arrangement of familiar character types (the Tom-boy girl who secretly/obviously likes the boy, the moronically stereotypical butch men...).

As for Kick-Ass, I completely agree with Ebert's criticism. Outside the mesmerizing Chloe Moretz, the acting was sub-par, which only added to the surprisingly sluggish pace of the movie. How I regret not following my gut and seeing Ghost Writer, Greenberg, or Un Prophete instead.

CrazyCris said...

on Friday I saw Alice in Wonderland (disappointing!) and Saturday From Paris with Love (if that's the correct English title, an entertaining Luc Besson produced shoot-em up!)

Tim said...

Friday, The Secret in Their Eyes, which pretty much is just a TV police procedural (though a better-than-average one) that did in fact beat The White Ribbon and A Prophet. It was the first movie I saw in a theater in six days, and I remember thinking that was an uncomfortably long gap. So I am clearly insane.

James T said...

offtopic: Even if we often disagree, you have got me excited about Applaus. I want to see that performance!!

Volvagia said...

Theatre? Avatar. I live in Markham. There's no nearby arthouses, so most of my life is home viewing. Not that that's bad. I'm 41.7% done a quest of 1182 great movies. (About 490 films.) Last new conquest I watched? The original Evil Dead. A bit standard plot wise. But...the tree rape is effective. Last film I watched, period? Hot Fuzz. (Simon Pegg is, for me, the Best Actor of 2007 and Nick Frost the Best Supporting Actor. Why? The paddle-car and ending confrontation scenes respectively. Silvers' go to the There Will Be Blood duo of Dano and Day-Lewis.)

Rebecca said...

I went to Herzog's 'My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done' last weekend. Pretty disappointing.

IslandLiberal said...

"Kick-Ass", a couple of days ago.

Arlo said...

Shutter Island...yeesh. So long ago. It's been about 2 months. Frankly, nothing coming out in my area really interests me enough to drop $10. I did just watch Moon on DVD though.

I'm moving to NYC soon, so I'll have my pick of oh so many movies!

Laika said...

I just got back from 'The Ghost'/'The Ghost Writer' (some title confusion going on between the publicity and what's on screen), so about thirty minutes - and I saw 'Life During Wartime' two nights ago, so I am positively glowing with cinephiliac virtue. And I just saw that 'Agora' came out, so it might be three times in a week.

When my parents took me to the cinema for the first time as a child (to see Hook), I asked my father what the last film he'd seen in a cinema was. He hummed and haahed, and then said, 'Lawrence of Arabia, I think'.

And I've just realised, that's a gap longer than I've been alive. I mean, what did he do all that time? Knit? Non-film people are beyond me.

MattyD said...

March 31, "The Last Song."

I think that movie is part of the reason I've yet to return. So scarring.

tess said...

Oceans, today. Meh.

Lucky said...

I watched Shutter Island a week ago, and I didn't like it, which is sad, because I've known about it for years...

And Nathaniel, I think you won't like the Secret in her Eyes. it's not bad, it's just.... well, you should watch it. Let's just say I'm from Argentina and not even my patritism lets me like the film.

adri said...

I saw one yesterday. I usually see one a week, but there's been a real dearth of anything I want to see.

The last good one I saw was The Ghost Writer.

D-S said...

I don't think anyone has me beat. The last movie I saw in theaters was "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" back in December of '08. I hated it and the rest of the audience seemed to too, we all breathed a massive sigh of relief when the credits finally started to roll.

So Nathaniel how many Hail Meryls do I have to say as penance?

Craig said...

The Blind Side in January -- my date and I were the only peeps in the theatre!

John T said...

Last weekend-I went to How to Train Your Dragon. This upcoming week I'll be catching Oceans at some point.

adam k. said...

How To Train Your Dragon, a week ago. Nat, how have you still not seen that??? If you loved the flying scenes in Avatar, you owe it to yourself.

It starts off slow and kiddy, but soon develops into something incredibly rich and satisfying. See it! I'm curious to hear what you think.

Danny King said...

I went today (I guess it would be yesterday by now) to see "That Evening Sun" at 3:00. I also saw "The Secret in Their Eyes" on Friday. I usually go at least once a week.

Ortseid said...

i want to watch iron man 2 online it was very nice movie and i was so excited to watch it!!!

rebecka said...

A Prophet, last night. Best movie I've seen in a theatre so far this year!

Rob T. said...

This past Wednesday, The Ghost Writer. (Liked it, but preferred How to Train Your Dragon from a couple of weeks earlier.) I try to make it into the theater for a new movie ("new" to me, anyway) at least once a week; at this point I've sustained my streak of weekly viewings since December.

Right now it looks like I'll be mainly catching up with various independent and/or foreign films at the local "art cinema" over the next few weeks--A Prophet, Greenberg and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--and may also finally get around to watching Shutter Island when it finally shows up in one of the local "dollar theaters". By the time I get through those, we should be well into summer sequel season, I mean summer blockbuster season, and at least a few of the offerings on tap then look interesting.

NATHANIEL R said...

@Adamk -- that's easy. I have been working two jobs, angry about 3D prices, and had two festivals back-to-back.

EXHAUSTION.

I'll have to catch up with everything in May.

NoNo said...

I was dragged to see Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too April 2nd. I haven't seen anything in a theater for Tribeca yet.

Flosh said...

Solitary Man at IFF Boston last night. A very good film with a very strong performance from Michael Douglas. I doubt he'll win any awards, but the movie is for him what Crazy Heart and The Wrestler were for Bridges and Rourke - movies about sad old men learning the error of their ways, and given real power because of how the parts resonate with the lead actor's rich on-screen histories.

Bill_the_Bear said...

Let's see...it's Monday morning, so my last film was yesterday, "The Ghost Writer" (for the 6th time).

Saturday, I caught "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky."

Friday, I had the day off, so caught "Oceans" and "Max Manus."

Tomorrow night, it's a rare Tuesday outing to catch the Israeli film "A Matter of Size."

Timothy Marshall said...

Last one was Greenberg in Mid-March. Been a while, for us.

I liked it a lot. There hasn't been much since then that I've been excited about. I saw Mother before that, I think. That was also really good.

Sam said...

Saturday. We saw Vincere.

vg21 said...

April 15 - Fantastic Mr. Fox (it was only shown in the Titanic Film Festival here in Hungary, I was lucky it had won the audience prize, thus, they rescreened it once more, and that's when I could finally go and see. Loved it.)

I also saw The Prophet on the 14th, it's amazing! Yet to see Applaus... I will probably just say 10 Hail Meryls anyway :).

Graham Greenlee said...

January... Since joining the Producer's Guild, I figure that I'll just wait for awards season and catch up with all of the FYC screeners that'll be shipped... My buddies will probably drag me to Iron Man 2 though and I do want to see Inception in a theater.

Karen said...

I saw The Losers. Four months is way too long to go without a trip to the cinema.