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Where do you sit in a movie in Libya?

From Saad Idris in Libya:

Regarding your article about where people sit in a movie theater, I'd read David Bordwell's before yours and couldn't decide which one was more hilarious because you both were kinda victims. (BTW, what's with those aggressive people who comment on your blog? That guy who suggested that Armond would whack you was damn funny.)

Anywho, here in Libya, the teachers call the back row (in the class, of course) "The donkeys/asses row" because it would be for bad boys who would definitely flunk, but aside from primitive senseless thinking, the back row in theaters, I think, can never be relevant, as David would suggest, however, he has a point, of course, I mean who would argue such an old man with such a knowledge about such a topic, especially by such a sophomore as I?

I haven't been in a movie theater and I will never be, but I think watching movies on TV can be quite pertinent. I had two phases during my journey with films related to the way we watch movies; the first one was that I'd used to watch movies with the screen on the right a little bit (almost OCD-like), but now I've been watching movies with the screen right in front of my eyesight with exact measures (almost OCD-like). That's when it comes to movies; otherwise, I watch from any spot (even my fav TV shows and series). I don't know how I'd watch a movie in a theater, but as simple as your article and Dave's get, I find them extremely enticing.

This, in fact, could happen to two moviegoers, the first would say, "I don't know what you're talking about, I'm a bit confused right now, there's a lot going on in my mind, you know what I'm saying?", the other would reply, "I don't know, exactly, there's a lot going on in my mind, too, so ...", the other would finally say, "Then you get me."

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