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Going to the Movies Alone 
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I'll see movies alone if I have to. I usually try to find someone, even if it's just my mother. (Awww.) I saw the Oscar nominated documentaries by myself (Man on Wire and Encounters at the End of the World aside) and it wasn't so bad, but I would have brought someone if I felt anyone was interested. I've got a select few friends who would go on any movie adventure with me, but they're don't go to college near me.

Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:43 am
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Occasionally I'll go see a flick alone and feel fine, occasionally I feel odd about it. I'd prefer to go with someone but I don't really mind it by myself; especially if I'm on a business trip. I guess I never really look around the theater and single out the lone guy or girl and think "Loser" like most uncomfortable things, it's probably more or less in your self-conscious mind alone if you're uncomfortable.

Maybe someone should organize a speed-dating type things for singles; a showing for single adults only. At least you'd have something to in common to talk about during the next stage of the evening.

(For the record: married, something like that would have interested me in my single and looking days.)

Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:05 pm
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I love going to movies alone. I can sit in the front center (if I go with somebody else, they complain that it's too close) and nobody's sharing my popcorn.

Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:03 pm
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I can't stand watching movies with other people unless the are dead quiet and i don't even notice they are there.
Movies for me are a personal journey, especially a good one.

Although if it's something like Jackass (my all time favourite movie) then yes i would prefer to watch it with someone else.
Pretty much comedies i would watch with other people.

Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:23 pm
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I think for the most part, people who are bona fide die-hard film buffs don't perceive going to the movies alone unusual or "weird." On the contrary, most of us here seem to prefer it (in most occasions). I go to the movies because I want to see the film. Socialization is secondary. For casual movie-goers, it may be the opposite.

I reckon most of us here enjoy watching indie, foreign films and documentaries - movies that are not quite popular with mainstream audience. This poses a challenge in finding people to go to the movies with us. Personally, I learned that if I wait for someone to go to the movies with me, I will likely never see the film or will have to wait months for the DVD. Easiest solution is to go by myself.

Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:30 pm
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And unless you're friends with published critics, the discussion after the movie amounts to "yeah that was awesome." or "yeah that was pretty stupid" "Remember that one scene where..." "I really didn't like Character X"

There's never a "I think the plot-line has a loose connection to John Sandford novels, which is why it seemed so tired and played out. You could tell the director didn't like working with the female lead because of how poorly she's lit in almost every scene. Oh and that ENDING, wow what a way to tie up most of the loose ends, but also keep us in the dark about the big secret."

Or maybe you do have friends like that, and I'm hanging out with the wrong people.

Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:43 am
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i usually don't do theaters. too many people there, talking and texting and eating and some of the times, one of em seems to want to shout advice at characters. like in spiderman, the upside down scene, one guy shouts - "kiss her!!!". im going WTF??

but when i do go, its a social event.

going alone's got nothing wrong with it. even better, if you ask me.

the perfect thing would be to watch a movie alone. nothing but a big screen and empty seats.

Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:13 am
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When I saw Benjamin Button for the first time it was an afternoon showing at a usually busy downtown varsity multiplex. There was no more than 30 people in the audience and at least half came on their own. I'll admit that sometimes it does feel weird but when you're not the only one it's not quite as bad.

Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:35 am
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Loafer wrote:
There's nothing I love more than going to the movies alone.

Last semester, I had mostly afternoon classes and would see a matinee atleast once a week. The theater was always mostly empty, save for an older couple or two. To correspond with another thread, there's nothing that beats seeing a movie in a theater - especially when you're not distracted by the rudeness of many weekend movie-goers.

Going alone when there's crowds is certainly not as fun, however in the day when it's mostly empty it's a blast.

That being said, there is one vital exception - comedies. When you're alone, you're simply not as comfortable uproariously laughing along with the audience. With friends, however, it's a whole other story. I saw both "Pineapple Express" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" by myself and, in a way, regretted it just because I knew i'd have more fun with company.

Exactly how I feel. I'm able to focus more when I don't have people I know sitting next to me moving around or falling asleep. I used to go to movies with my parents, and they would fall asleep. My dad starts to snore too. Very distracting.

Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:58 pm
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I see a movie with other people maybe once each month, and probably six or seven per month on my own. On my own I can see what I want, when I want, and sit where I want, which is probably a bit closer than most others would prefer. Freedom baby, that's what it's all about!!


Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:51 am
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