In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_life

Life

Life struck me as several cuts above “meh” but never made me jump out of my seat.

Thumb_power_rangers_ver22

Power Rangers

Trashy, goofy, and surprisingly sincere, this superhero fantasy is better than you expect but not as good as it should be.

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb_xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Chaz's Journal Archives
Other Articles
Blog Archives

Adult moviegoers are the problem

From: SJ Dunlop, Reston, VA

In response to your recent posting about theater-going pet peeves, you quote a suggestion to "attend the matinees. If it is not a children's movie... the behavior of the audience is much better." Sorry. I'm here to testify that won't work either. Now that my husband and I are both retired, we now see almost everything at afternoon showings. It's not the kids who are driving us nuts, it's the folks our age or older who bubble and squeak aloud to each other throughout entire movies.

Advertisement

At ALL of the last five or six new releases we have seen at lightly attended weekday showings -- and we're talking about movies aimed at grown-ups like "The Three Burials" -- it's been the adult chatterers who have gotten on my proverbial last nerve. I'm tempted to try something desperate like making up my own flyers to hand out in movies to the effect that "You are not at home in your own living room. This is a Non-Talking Performance and yes, that means you." We are seriously talking about giving up on theater-going and just waiting for the videos like we used to do when we are working. Why won't theater owners get serious about this problem? Those silly little pre-show pleadings on the screen obviously don't help.

Popular Blog Posts

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Mysterious Beauty: A David Lynch Retrospective Comes to IFC Center

A celebration of director David Lynch's filmography in anticipation of an upcoming retrospective at the IFC Center in...

“Marvel’s Iron Fist” is Netflix’s Biggest Original Series Misstep

A review of the fourth original Marvel series for Netflix. And the worst.

Man on the run: the haunted grace of "The Fugitive"

A classic thriller that moves with a sense of purpose.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus