Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Have It Your Way

Given the choice do you prefer seeing a movie on the big screen in a theater, or at home on DVD? Which do you choose, and why?

17 comments:

Jana said...

Neither...films are for geeks!

The Film Geek said...

Jana, I should have asked the question this way: Given the choice between a theater or home DVD system, and both provide equal access to beer, which would you choose and why?

Hoo-rah!

Hoyt said...

For me, the theater delivers a better movie experience. I can't imagine films like Lord of The Rings, Brokeback Mountain or The Matrix Reloaded playing better at home. Sometimes, the theater's audience will make a "bad" film better, too. I had a blast watching Freddy v. Jason in the theater with the audience. Of course, if audience participation increases a film's enjoyment, a movie at home with friends offers great entertainment, too.

Stanton said...

There are some that have to be in a theater (anything with really big explosions), but all things considered I prefer my sofa with its proximity to the bathroom and fridge to any theater seat no matter how cushy.

jedi jawa said...

HA! Equal access to beer...that's awesome. I don't know ya Jana but I loved your new Myspace pics, especially the crown of office supplies! I'd love to hear that story!

I agree with Hoyt that some films just demand the theater experience with surround sound and your full field of vision filled with the screen. My wife and I are dinks (double income no kids...except for our two furkids) so we get to see movies whenever we want...or when my wife needs her popcorn fix sated.

We are both big geeks and went to see all of the "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" movies at their midnite showing and those were some of the best film experiences that I've ever had because the audience was so charged up! Another awesome experience was seeing "Blair Witch" in a packed theater in Chicago the first week that it was out before anybody had any idea what it was about. I've never felt that much energy and suspense in a film before as you could feel the unease and reactions of those around me.

Also, nothing quite beat those midnite movie showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with full audience participation (see Jana...I'm a realy big geek). Then again, there are also movies that the wife and I just look at the trailer and say "video".

Jana said...

Hmmmm...that's a tough choice. I guess it wouldn't matter as long as there is equal access to beer. What about the liquor?

Jedi, check out my blog for the story on office supplies. Also, hint...The Film Geek's gift to his wife.

The Film Geek said...

More and more I side with Stanton on enjoying the comforts of home to watch a movie. Although one of my favorite things to do for years was see a movie at The keith-Albee at 7pm, then walk across 4th Avenue and see another one at 9:30 at the Camelot. Saw The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense that way, in the same night. Great movie night.

2-hot-4-you said...

Jedi - I remember the late nights of Rocky Horror Picture show with you and how disgusted dad was that we went to see that "garbage" LOL! Anyway, I prefer the theater because I think for really good movies, the audience kind of does make it better (unless you have a dumbass with a cellphone on, who doesn't shut up in a movie, who brings a baby to the movie (no I have NEVER done that) or who kicks your seat repeatedly. Anyway, but the most important reason is THE POPCORN

jedi jawa said...

LOL, my dad used to say the same thing when I used to trek down to RHPS in Charleston in the late 80's and early 90's for the midnite movies. The preacher's kid took me as he had a car and was the corrputing influence in my idyllic life (and it made it harder for the parents to say no).

I'm not so sure that the popcorn is what keeps my wife having to trek to the movies on a near weekly basis. I think it is the butter that has turned my wife into a popcorn whore!

Jana, those pictures were even funnier with captions and a story!

jedi jawa said...

Hey! I just figured out who you are 2-hot-4-you (shouldn't it be "2-hot-4-u")! I didn't realize that we were talking about the same dad! LOL! I forgot that I took you to those midnite movies when I got my own driver's license!

2-hot-4-you said...

Jedi - LOL it's me under my REAL name! Yea our dad was so horrified but we had fun! I think the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Who and MST 3000 were all things dad thought we were weirdos for!

Kelly said...

At home after the kids are in bed...that way they don't disturb you. I'm not a big fan of theatres...someone always sits right in front of me, someones kids is usually crying, and someones phone always rings!

Cara said...

I would prefer to watch the Miami Heat win the NBA Finals on the big screen at Hanks. GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!

The Film Geek said...

Really, you are such a Homer, Cara. Your favorite teams have been the Kings, Memphis and now the Heat. Pick a team and stick with it, instead of jumping on the Jason Williams bandwagon.

Of course, that's just my opinion...:)

Kelly said...

I think the next time Cara sees you, you're gonna get an asswhippin'

Cara said...

Your opinion means so much to me.

Ian C. said...

I think any movie looks better on the big screen. There's just something about having your vision completely taken by the screen in a large, dark room that lends so much to the experience.

But Hoyt brings up a great point: For a bad movie - and often, a blockbuster popcorn flick - the audience makes it more fun, much like at a sporting event. I imagine watching Superman Returns with an opening-night crowd will be largely different from a solitary matinee.