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Not Thinking About Movies– It’s Not You, It’s Me

Chuck Tryon’s “Reinventing Cinema” was a pretty cool read– an academic text about popular culture with an approachable style. I always liked this style, similar to some of the things I’ve read from Henry Jenkins. In part of his book, Tryon discusses recent developments that have served to shift the demographics of movie-watching. While movie-going habits have stayed rather steady overall, it seems that children with parents and teens make up the majority of movie-watchers. I am not not in that category, and am more a part of that geeky group that isn’t interested in the whole social aspect of having my movie viewing experienced compromised by a noisy crowd. I’d much rather rent a movie on Netflix, and watch it on my 40-inch Sony, with the surround sound turned up. At night, I’ll plug in headphones. The meddlesome cord is well-worth the inconvenience.

The movie theater, to me, isĀ reminiscentĀ of a time when most people had small televisions and VHS cassettes. Now that my technology recreates the experience of seeing a film well enough at home, I have no need to go to the theater. If I get a Blu-Ray player, I’ll have even less reason to go to the movies.

I really dislike the whole movie-going experience. I don’t get the $6 soda or the $7 popcorn. I understand the economics of the theater, but I don’t understand its appeal. The market should dictate the price of such items. I resent theater’s insistence on marking up their prices.

But really, I think it’s the ability to watch movies from the comfort of my home, and the ability to rewind if I missed something important, that makes home movie-viewing so much more compelling.

Then again, my Netflix account goes largely unused– I’ve had DVDs for close to a year, and haven’t sent them in yet. So I’m really rambling about nothing. But, you get the point. If I did watch movies, I’d watch them at home.

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  1. Mary Chrapliwy
    November 26th, 2009 at 11:48 | #1

    I totally get the point and agree. I related especially well to the ability to rewind – sometimes there are things whispered in movies by characters that, even after multiple rewinds, you can’t decipher.

    I remember when my husband and I used to go to the movies when the kids were little, maybe we’d get a cheap dinner out, the cost became prohibitive. The movies and popcorn were expensive even back then. One night after sending the babysitter on her way, we were nearly $50 to the negative. I think it was back then that we became more selective with our movie selections. Then with the advent of wide screen TV and surround sound, our movie trips dropped to zero.

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