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Patrick wrote:
That's the second-most surprising thing I learned from Stanley Kubrick. The first being that he wasn't British



Patrick,

I'm not sure what it was you learned :-)

Likewise, for many years, I thought he was British as well. mainly because he lived there.

there's a good documentary about him called A Life In Pictures. A bit fluffy but some good insights.

Rob


Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:02 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Patrick wrote:
That's the second-most surprising thing I learned from Stanley Kubrick. The first being that he wasn't British



Patrick,

I'm not sure what it was you learned :-)

Likewise, for many years, I thought he was British as well. mainly because he lived there.

there's a good documentary about him called A Life In Pictures. A bit fluffy but some good insights.

Rob


The fact that he was shy and walked in a shuffle.

And I have seen A Life in Pictures, that's where I learned he wasn't British.


Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:04 am
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Patrick wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
Patrick wrote:
That's the second-most surprising thing I learned from Stanley Kubrick. The first being that he wasn't British



Patrick,

I'm not sure what it was you learned :-)

Likewise, for many years, I thought he was British as well. mainly because he lived there.

there's a good documentary about him called A Life In Pictures. A bit fluffy but some good insights.

Rob


The fact that he was shy and walked in a shuffle.

And I have seen A Life in Pictures, that's where I learned he wasn't British.



Hi there Patrick,

It seemed really clear that he was uncomfortable in the public gaze. He looked down most of the time and seemed to be totally not enjoying the adulation of the people in that theater. He said very little and what he said was hard to make out. Of course, this was 20 years ago and I can't remember every detail. However, this impression struck both my friend and I very clearly.

All that said. I was in awe.

Rob


Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:23 am
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I think my two favorite movie experiences were seeing "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "The Dark Knight". I saw "The Dark Knight" on midnight the day before its release. I went with 6 of my friends. Waiting in line and goofing around and just talking to everybody else and seeing how excited everyone was to see the movie was awesome. "The 40-Year Old Virgin" was the first movie I had seen in a theater in a long time that I was laughing the entire way through.


Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:35 pm
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slmaldonado wrote:
I think my two favorite movie experiences were seeing "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "The Dark Knight". I saw "The Dark Knight" on midnight the day before its release. I went with 6 of my friends. Waiting in line and goofing around and just talking to everybody else and seeing how excited everyone was to see the movie was awesome. "The 40-Year Old Virgin" was the first movie I had seen in a theater in a long time that I was laughing the entire way through.


Hi there Slmaldonado,
Nice post - I was 11 hours behind you and saw the first show on the Friday. I got into line 90 minutes before the door opened and the atmosphere in the line between fellow fans was really fun. Fortunately it was not raining, the air of anticipation made it really exciting. The film just blew us all away.
Rob


Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:14 pm
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Patrick wrote:
I'm sure we all have our shares of theater-nightmares but I want to focus on the good theater experiences. Those times when the theater was packed, everyone was having a good time and nobody was a jack-ass, I'm sure they exist for you guys.


Superman Returns - a 10pm 'preview' screening at AMC 25 in Times Square (New York City) on the Tuesday before it officially opened (WB is so silly).

The entire audience was made up of dyed-in-the-wool fans - made obvious by the cheering for every nod to the 1978 Donner film (and there was a lot of that) - making it the most electric movie-going experience I've ever had. :ugeek:

The cheering started with the (very promising) teaser trailer for Spider-Man 3. Too bad that film was such a letdown...


Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:30 pm
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Grindhouse was an in-theater favorite of mine because it's one of those experiences where you go to see a film and get much more than your money's worth. And, of course, The Dark Knight because I was in awe the entire time.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:35 pm
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James talked about the first time he saw a line around a theater a few days ago in his ReelThoughts, and that moment for me was my best movie theater experience: Batman Returns. I was 14 and on vacation with my cousins in Flint, MI (my grandparents lived there--no human being in their right mind "vacations" in Flint, MI).

Anyway, we got to the theater about an hour before the first show (10 a.m. or so) and there were a few people in line. By the time they opened doors and we walked up to the ticket counter the line ran around the exterior of the building, and this was a huge 20 screen theater.

When we got inside it was electric. The movie played and people were just as excited coming out as going in. I am still able to view this move with rose-colored glasses because of that experience.

Other great experiences were: Return of the Jedi, Cinderella Man, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Anchorman, all LOTR.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:19 pm
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Matrix Reloaded, just because of the atmosphere at the midnight opening with a group of friends.

First X-Files movie. Got to an early morning, mid-week show and had a huge auditorium with great sound all to myself. Got the seat where eye-level is midscreen, leaned back and enjoyed the show when X-Files was still something good to watch.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:55 am
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I was six years old and my mother and father took me to see Goldfinger and Dr.No.

The theater has long ago been demolished, but we sat in the front row of the balcony and my love of movies was born. I even got an ice cream.

10,000 films later.....

Rob

PS - The fire breathing dragon terrified me!


Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:59 am
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I'm just happy to be part of a communal experiance. This year with The Dark Knight and Ironman, I got to be apart of an enthusuastic crowd that was viscerally floored, which doesn't happen too often.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:02 am
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I have three that come to mind.

Hunt for Red October - The first movie my dad ever took me to. I was six. It was a special moment having him take me to a grownup movie. It remains one of my favorites largely because of that experience. That, and "let them shing."

The Cell - I saw it in a packed theater, one of the older really big screens, and the audience was reacting to all the little frights and weird moments. I came out of the theater thinking I'd seen a better version of Silence of the Lambs. I saw it on TV a few years later and realized just how much of the atmosphere was loaned to the movie by the theater that night.

Dark Knight - Saw it opening night on IMAX with my brother. The shot at the beginning looking down over the the building to the street made me actually gasp and hold on to my seat. It's the only feature film I've seen in IMAX; it was spectacular. Also there was an impromptu cheer from the entire crowd at "we got you you son of a bitch." Bonus points for the Watchmen trailer in IMAX.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:01 am
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My best movie-going experiences have probably been the last two Batman movies, and Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace? Well, let's just say I've booked an appointment with Dr. Mierzwiak.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:17 am
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I'd have to say all three LOTR films were the best experiences I've had in a theater.

I went to the midnight showings of each and the hour or two waiting outside really got everyone excited so by the time we all headed inside we were ready to go. It was great being in a theater where the audience applauded and laughed and gasped at all the right moments.

Unfortunately I've never really had that experience again. I would love to though, it's a great feeling.

On a downer note, just a little over 2 hours into The Two Towers...the projector overheated and could not be fixed so everyone went home, but we were all back the next night to finish it off with free tickets.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:30 am
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My favourite cinema experience is between two, depending on criteria:

***My first film after moving to Uni: the cinema was new and seemed (at the time) a lot better than I was used to. The adverts and trailers were all great! The film was Kill Bill Vol.1 and the opening scenes put me in the best mood for the rest of the picture.

***Lawrence of Arabia: Big screen showing at NFT in London. First time watching it and it was fantastic. As a bonus, Omar Sherif was there and gave a short speech. Extremely likeable and funny man. If I remember correctly, there were also 4 of the films Oscar's on stage as well!


Other highlights:
Borat: in hysterics at wrestling scene
Princess (2006): There was a Q&A with the director afterwards and hearing some guy saying why he didn't like the film was enjoyable


Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:33 am
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I was about 9 years old and Star Trek VI was opening that Friday. My mum took me to see it, it was the first time I'd seen people dressed up to see a film. There were a couple of Klingons, an Andorian and several people dressed in Star Trek uniforms. We were ushered by one of the people in uniform to our seats, and I loved every second of it. I've never experienced anything like it before or since at the cinema. Everyone laughed at the jokes and lots of people yelled 'It's Worf!' when Michael Dorn put in his appearance.

It was a really good, fun night.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:18 pm
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Watching Beauty and the Beast on its IMAX re-release some years back was definitely a magical experience and one that will be difficult to beat.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:37 pm
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Not necessarily the best MOVIES, but as far as experiences go they are quite hard to beat:

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: This was the one where they held a sneak preview for the movie about a week before it actually opened. It was held in the biggest screen at AMC Neshaminy... so everyone in the audience was a hardcore Kevin Smith fan. I don't think I've seen a movie audience, before or since, that was as "into it". Every time someone made a cameo - HUGE applause and laughter. It's one of his lesser works but I still have fond memories because of the audience.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Okay, the movie was subpar but the *experience* wasn't. It was a midnight show over at AMC Neshaniny, so people are dressed up, and singing along to the Indiana Jones theme. They actually had staff in the theatre doing giveaways and trivia questions and inviting the audience to do skits. (Let me just say that you haven't lived until you've seen a live re-enactment of the scene where Belloq and Toht open the ark.) Shame that the excitement was sucked out as the movie unspooled...

The Terminator: There's a theatre (Cinemark 16) in Somerdale, New Jersey that screens classic movies on the last Friday of every month, at midnight. Most of the time, these are 80s and 90s blockbusters and cult classics - Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman, Jaws, etc. This was the one I went to, because... well, it's Terminator 1. on the big screen. I have to say that they put an admirable amount of effort into the experience. The manager and staff welcomed us to the movie, they did a small giveaway, and they played old trailers (kudos to them for finding a suitably old Cinemark policy trailer to round out the experience). This same theatre is doing Terminator 2 at the end of the month, and I'm contemplating going to that...


Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:31 pm
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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - I saw it on a college campus, but watching this hilarious movie with the rest of the rowdy college kids hooting, hollering, and roaring with laughter was a riot.

Runaway Bride - Was in the theater with ALL kinds of demographics. For a "chick flick", even the older males around me were smiling, talking in a cheerful manner, etc THROUGHOUT the movie...which says ALOT how this made my own enjoyment for this movie go up higher. Oddly enough, for someone who hated Pretty Woman, loving this movie says ALOT too.

The Firm - outside of the Star Wars movies, I believe this was the first time in my lifetime I was in a packed theater(especially considering how the age of Multiplexes wasn't even around then). It was John Grisham's first adaptation to the big screen, and I, along with others, ended up socializing and meeting others, like it was a high school reunion, talking about Grisham's work prior to the movie, as we've been greatly anticipating them to come to the big screen for a long time.

Stepmom - The movie was garbage, but I saw it with my parents, uncle, and aunt on Christmas weekend, and watching my uncle(!) cry during it made the experience pretty memorable.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:48 pm
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I've got one thats probably not going to be mentioned by anyone. Lost in Space (1998).
Our local theater just got reworked into a stadium seating theater, and they were running movies for $0.25. Me being a poor student at the time got the nerve up to ask this girl I had been seeing around school out to the movies, because it was all I could afford. No I couldn't afford dinner, and I hoped that she didn't see the concession stand. We get into the movie and after about 30 minutes she lifts the armrest and stretchs out to get more comfortable and falls asleep leaving me in a compromising position with her head in my lap, and not in the way you perverts are thinking :D . She wakes up about the time the movie was over embarassed that she fell asleep to begin with, but explained that movie was so boring that she couldn't keep her eyes open. I agreed but let her know that her snoring not only kept me, but the rest of the theater awake.

From that point forward I knew I had someone to goto the movies with for the rest of my life. It was the first date my wife and I ever went on.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:18 pm
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