I am at home today

A virus that I felt attacked me at the beginning of the week, has finaly got me yesterday. I left the office after 1 p.m. feeling completely exhausted, with slight fever and stuffed nose. All I could think of was to go to bed as soon as possible and have a nap. I could think of at least 9 people around that got it before me, so this is probably a way it came to me – or it could be in bus or in any other place I was in last 7 days or so. Anyway. It doesn`t matter, I am not playing hero but decided to give my body a chance to recover. In few days I will be as new :knight:
Being stuck at home, the only chance to entertain myself (when I`m not sleeping) is reading or watching movies. So, at one point, before going to bed last night, I was thinking about movie theatres and my passion of going there when I was teenager. I think it has started when I was only 4 or 5 and my aunt took me to nearby cinema to watch cartoons. Or when my grandpa took me and my younger brother to watch Three Musketeers. I don`t know. When I was able to go to cinema by myself – or with friends – I used that privilege thoroughly. I was saving pocket money, which was symbolic back then, to go and watch movies in weekends. Sometimes, when repertoire was excellent, I would go both saturday and sunday; but mostly in saturdays. There was something in that moment, when lights dim and hum faded (famous MGM roar was most successful in making audience quiet πŸ˜† ), a second or two before movie starts, that was so exciting, something that made me take a deep breath and relax. And, oh my, what kind of movies they made back then: Orca, The Fog, Alien, 2001: A Space Oddyssey, The Deer Hunter, Once Upon a Time in America,… I can`t even remember all the movies I watched back then during 80s, because I saw so many. Sometimes, when movie was stunning, like Blade Runner, I would buy another ticket and watch it again. The very next projection! And next weekend again :doh: I think going to cinema was my first real passion: some of my friends would watch football on TV, or go to disco clubs or concerts, or hang around with friends. I had cinemas :happy:
Today, when I go to cinema it is usually when a movie festival is going on in Belgrade or there is a movie I want to see in a big screen, not a computer one. Digital era along with bradband internet and omnipresence of piracy, made a hard impact among cinema audience. Why going to cinema when you can watch 2 or 3 movies in afternoon for a price of almost nothing? Plus, you don`t have to pay for parking place and tickets; and drinks after the movie when you and your friends or girlfriend/boyfriend go to pub to sort out impressions. Personaly, I don`t mind, for me it was, and still is, a part of "going out to cinema" event. I like it.
But what annoys me a lot is something else.
Back then in 80s, when you enter the cinema, you could have potato chips, peanuts or popcorns with you; juices, sodas or ice creams were forbidden. Even then, it was not usual that most of the people would eat during movie. And those who dared, tried to be quiet and not disturb the rest of us. Now, in order to attract more people, cinemas allow all sorts of junk food: popcorns; potato and corn chips with ketchup to dip in; Coke, Pepsi, Schweppes, juices, candies, chocolate bars and all sorts of crunchy and munchy things I haven`t even heard about. Last time I saw a couple with hamburgers from McDonalds :yuck:
Sometimes, I think people go to cinema just to eat. And sounds!!! You may call me weird but I don`t like those distracting sounds: in a critical moment in a movie, when you are about to find out who the killer is or when main character dies, leaving most of the audience in tears – sudden psssssshshshshshshsh…. kicks you brutally back in reality, when someone opens can of Coke… :bomb: Then you can hear glo, glo, glo followed by crunch, crunch, munch, munch from the other parts of cinema; and all the excitement has gone. Just like that :irked:
Maybe I`m getting old. Maybe it is normal, maybe cinemas are turning into junk food restaurants with side effects (movies, that is). But I don`t have to agree with that, right? Right?

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82 Responses to I am at home today

  1. fammcdon says:

    Hope you feel better soon! :up:

  2. SittingFox says:

    I don't go to the cinema very often, but I agree on distracting audience members. Unless the film is really bad, in which case they might be necessary to retain your sanity :left:And get well soon!

  3. Spaggyj says:

    I'm in agreement with your views on the cinema. it's the main reason I don't go – you're paying a fortune just to sit uncomfortably in a smelly room full of noisy pigs 😑 . Unfortunately, that's pretty much how going tot he cinema has been during my lifetime. I suppose as the times move forward, some things just get ridiculous – but with the horribleness of cinema we also have quicker DVD releases and the opportunity to rent them quite cheaply over a wide array of formats to watch on our own schedules in the comfort of our own homes… That's something, right? πŸ™‚

  4. Spaggyj says:

    Just get a free wall and a projector :p . Also, I forgot to also say I hope you are well soon πŸ˜€

  5. gdare says:

    Adele, I think it happened only once that I left the cinema before a movie was over. It was so terribly bad, I can`t even remember what it was about. This is why I pick movies carefully :DThanks :)Kimmie, most of the movies I watch today are either rented or on line. But I miss that feeling of sitting in darkness of cinema :awww::idea: I should make my own cinema!!! :lol:Bud, thank you :cheers:

  6. There2ia says:

    I hope you get better soon. I just recovered from bad flu, coughing, runnung nose and fever. Ah it is a big relief when they have gone. about going to cinema, I used to go to cinema for couples of years. I just went to cinema with famous actress and actors. I am fond of cartoons. Ha ha ha when I was young, I did not go to cinema. I went to cinema when I could earn my own.

  7. claudeb says:

    Last time I went to the cinema, it was for a Japanese film festival (seven evenings of unusual and excellent movies for free, yay!) Before that, it was This Is It, and before that it must have been March of the Penguins all those years ago. I don't think I've been to a mainstream movie since 2005. They just don't make them all that interesting anymore, and it's ridiculously expensive. I did see Watchmen at a friend, and Iron Man on TV — those two were worth it. But for the most part, the old days of sneaking off to the cinema with only pocket money to watch a cartoon… they are gone.Get well soon, Darko!

  8. L2D2 says:

    Dare I haven't been to a movie theater since the 80s. Seriously. The last time I was in a movie theater was when E.T. was re-released after being kept under wraps for years. Mostly, audience had started being rude last few times I went (my son worked at Gaslight Theater while in high school and I got to see all movies free). But by then, it was hard to watch a movie for people laughing, talking and visiting when the movie was going on. After I got my first VCR I never looked back. Now I can watch VHS movies I have collected over the years, or DVD's, and I can watch them on my TV or the DVDs on my computers, or I can watch movies on some site like Hulu.com. So, while you were enjoying that list of movies in cinemas, I was enjoying them in privacy of my own home, and I prefer that.I hope you are feeling better by now. Viruses and flu suck. I haven't had either since I got eligible for Medicare and get free flu shots every year. They also seem to protect me against colds and viruses. It's time to get mine for this year.

  9. sanshan says:

    Grasshopper, it's good training for your mind to ignore those little annoyances . Those people are a gift. :angel:

  10. Stardancer says:

    Hope you feel better very quickly, Darko.I used to love to go to the movies. Last time I sat through a full film in a theatre was for the release of "Independence Day" though. Tried to see one of the "Star Trek" films with my son once, but the opening sequence made me very dizzy and freaked me out, so I had to leave. I saw "Rocky" (the first one) by myself when it was released–still one of my very favorite movies of all time–and watched "Smokey and the Bandit" seventeen times at the theatre. :eyes: And I got to see "Jaws" when it was first released. My date kept grabbing and hitting my leg every time that shark's music would start playing. Scared the crap outta him. Last time I went out with him, too. :lol:I really miss going to the movies.Wonder what's playing?:D

  11. edwardpiercy says:

    Well popcorn doesn't make any noise, does it? In any case it is all very expensive to buy it there. And Darko, don't forget — you can see that giant Liv Tyler up there on the screen. πŸ˜€

  12. gdare says:

    Kimmie, thanks :DTeresia, last time I went to cinema to watch cartoon was few years ago and it was SF animated film, so not a cartoon in classical meaning of that word :DLinda, you said hulu.com? I will have to check on that πŸ˜‰ Well, I am sorry you had to watch the best movies at your home but I guess you felt like I am feeling now. Well, at least I can enjoy in them during FEST If I get tickets, that is. They are more expensive than usual cinema tickets and for some movies, they are sold in advance :left:San, whenever you call me "grasshopper" I remember David Carradine in Kung Fu :left:Felix, now you made me remember one Japanese martial arts movie week back in 90s; I think I saw all Kurosawa and Kobayashi`s movies – the most famous at least :yes: Thanks.Star, I saw Smokey and the Bandit on TV long time ago. 17 times? Oh my… But I beat you in number of times watching the same movie: I saw Blade Runner more than 50 times!!! Maybe it helps that I have DVD at home :whistle: But I saw it twice in cinema. Once Upon a Time in America, too :POriginally posted by Stardancer:

    Wonder what's playing?

    Let me see:"Twilight Saga" in Akademija 28, "Knight and Day" in DKC, "Machete" in Roda Intermezzo Sineplex, "Sex and the City part 2" in Kolosej, "The Last Airbender" in STER City Cinemas, "Inception" in Tuckwood Cineplex,… πŸ˜›

  13. thaodp says:

    I don't often go to the cinema and when I go, there are usually few people in a large room. Lucky me :whistle: Hope you get well soon :up:

  14. gdare says:

    Martin, during summer that my brother and me spent in a village in Croatia, they had a small cinema in the centre; movies were old and sometimes of bad quality, chairs were as the ones you could find in restaurants and in a middle of movie we would have a pause for operator to change the roll of movie πŸ˜† But being there with friends was more entertaining than watching a movie :yes:Mit, you are living my dream, then πŸ˜€ Thanks πŸ™‚

  15. L2D2 says:

    Dare, Hulu.com is a good site to watch trailers, full-length movies, and TV shows. You can watch seasons of different shows that were on TV and I have watched some really good movies there, too. Hope you can access it. I missed Babylon 5 scifi series when it was on TV—wasn't interested in it then. But later I became interested, so I went to Hulu and watched every episode of every season it was on air.

  16. Aqualion says:

    Get well. I come from a rural area with 15 km to the next city.In stead we had this little old man who came in his van every second friday with a portable projector and two films: a family orintated early feature, starting at 7.00 in the evening, and the main feature starting at 10.00. He would rack it up in the school's gymnasium – the only place big enough in our town. This way we actually got to see premier films, though we were fairly isolated. Good supplement to just hanging around outside the bakershop.

  17. sanshan says:

    Edward, he doesn't care about Liv Tyler anymore. :irked:

  18. ellinidata says:

    feel better Darko,let fun and happiness bring back the Darko we got to care about :up:

  19. AnitaMargita says:

    I used to go more often to cinemas before. Later watched them on CDs. Now I simply download the movie I want to watch. :DGet well soon. :up:

  20. Aqualion says:

    I have broadband TV which means access to fairly cheap pay-per-view, so if the movie is on DVD it's also available here. This, combined with a nice surround-system and an adequate screen, is a good alternative to the cinema. However, we have an oldfashioned cinema down-town where they show art-films of the independent kind. Films that won't be shown at the regular, commercial cinemas and sometimes also older films. This is like a cafΓ© with nice chairs and tables, and you can buy coffee and pastry and have it while watching the film, maximum 15 – 20 guests at the time. This creates an intimate atmosphere, you sort of get involved, and after the film it is custom that you stay a while and perhaps engage in conversations on the subjects of the films. I like that a lot, because I don't regard other people as a nuissance.

  21. gdare says:

    Ed, no, popcorns are usually very quiet πŸ˜† But it is not expensive at all :left:Linda, then Hulu.com is a must :yes:San :whistle: :PAngeliki, I am already feeling much better, thank you. Yesterday I spent almost entire day sleeping :zzz:Ana, so you have a cable or very fast aDSL :devil: :yes:Martin, when you explain it like taht it sounds like an excellent place to visit and spend some time. And knowing that Danish pastry is probably the best in the world… :chef: Well, it sounds as a good idea but I will have to try it then to say what I think. Maybe I am too old fashioned about cinemas and movies πŸ˜†

  22. MirabelaTM says:

    Originally posted by AnitaMargita:

    I used to go more often to cinemas before. Later watched them on CDs. Now I simply download the movie I want to watch.

    Me too :yes: Darko, take care and I hope you will soon feel better.

  23. ellinidata says:

    I am glad you feel better!After knowing you for so many years,I never did hear you complain about sickness…Originally posted by gdare:

    Yesterday I spent almost entire day sleeping

    the plus side of it,you have a great skin :yes: sleep always helps! I hope you had chicken soup too πŸ™‚

  24. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    This is like a cafΓ© with nice chairs and tables, and you can buy coffee and pastry and have it while watching the film, maximum 15 – 20 guests at the time. This creates an intimate atmosphere, you sort of get involved, and after the film it is custom that you stay a while and perhaps engage in conversations on the subjects of the films.

    this reminds me of the old cinemas in Greece Martin!I used to go with my late mom and I would see the movie 3 times! :lol:My mom will talk with the people and I will have soda :happy: something we never were allowed to have at home !thanks for bringing back memories!now old movie theaters were demolished and became high rise buildings :down:

  25. studio41 says:

    I sure hope you get 100% better very soon! we've had a lingering nasty bronchitis in our family and other respiratory things… my eldest's fever lasted several days… take care and stay hydrated. you are taking good care of yourself.I loved the cinema as a kid, too- not as many things draw me nowadays. I have my faves I watch more than once, but the only one I've ever stayed for twice was w/ my college roommate, must have been 1984 or thereabouts, "Uncommon Valor." I am the one crunching on the popcorn and sipping the Coke :whistle: …I'll try to keep it down from now on πŸ˜€

  26. raniakasim says:

    Darkoabout cinema (u may find my opinion is so strange ) i think the movies' qualities and cinema's name plays an important role, for me i am so cautious or I can say i am so punctilious about such thing ,though i know sometimes the ticket's price is a kind of disaster for me , but i am completely convinced that what i will get deserves this price ,other wise i prefer to stay home alone( of course ) to watch a TV series or film channels .to clarify my idea a movie directed by Youseff Shahim deserves 2000 SYP for every ticket(third of my salary :irked: πŸ˜₯ ) but i am sure i will not regret . get well soon :love:

  27. L2D2 says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better, Dare. I am too, because after a week without a phone and messed up internet connection, it finally got fixed this afternoon and things back to normal. Hope you are back to normal by Monday, also.

  28. gdare says:

    Mira, thank you, I feel ok today :up:Angeliki, chicken soup, lot of tea, vitamins, orange/lemon/grapefruit juice,… :DJill, never heard about Uncommon Valor but Gene Hackman is one of my favourite actors :up: It seems that whole northern hemisphere got some kind of respiratory viruses :left:Rania, I have never heard about Youseff Shahim but I can tell you one thing: either those cinema tickets are too expensive or your salary is too small :left:Thanks :)Linda, even though I can survive without phone and Internet when I`m on holidays, being without it, especially Internet, in everyday life sucks. It all became a part of our lives that I am afraid what will happen if some kind of disaster wipes Internet off :insane:

  29. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    It all became a part of our lives that I am afraid what will happen if some kind of disaster wipes Internet off

    :lol:as long as Al Gore is around,we can always recreate the Internet :pOriginally posted by gdare:

    orange/lemon/grapefruit juice,…

    darn! that's lots of vitamin C! at least you build strong immune system for the winter that (they predict) will be a heavy one…I did not speak to my dad for a few days.. how is the weather in your nck of the woods?In New York we have the most crazy weather ever!90F after a day of rain,from one day to another 20F difference ,it makes most of us puzzled what to wear…

  30. sanshan says:

    I am afraid what will happen if some kind of disaster wipes Internet off

    I predict you will have a very large phone bill. πŸ™„

  31. Aqualion says:

    Well, the Sun's gonna explode every minute now, and the effect will propably be an elctromagnetic storm, that will kill all electrical devices. They say it will happen some time during the spring of 2011. It's true. Tjeck it out. Even NASA tells about it.

  32. gdare says:

    San, I will pay it with pleasure :happy:Angeliki, last week it was cold in the mornings and warm during the day; then wind started to blow, we had a rain yesterday and very warm day today – sort of crazy but after that wind I was expecting it. But what we have here is continental climate while where your father lives it probably is more mediterranian, probably.Martin, I read it will happen in next 3 years. We better be prepared, then :insane:

  33. Aqualion says:

    How? The World as we know it will end. One evening we go to sleep in the 22nd century, next morning we wake up in the early 19th century. That is how it will happen, and what it will feel like. No heat. No aircondition. No cars. No money in the bank. Production will stop. A total disaster. And there is nothing we can do to prevent it.

  34. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    . But what we have here is continental climate while where your father lives it probably is more mediterranian, probably.

    I think you are relatively in the same zone Darko,always you told me the weather and my dad was saying it was the same…look at the map my hometown :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandroupoli

  35. thetomster says:

    πŸ˜€ glad to know you're feeling better … I was thinking about the earliest impressions of going to the cinema … I guess every fortnight when I was about 8 or night … one movie I remember very well and thinking about going to watch a movie at the cinema is always related to this:

  36. Suntana says:

    Wooooooo! You must have REALLY been sick, Darko.You must have been dizzy and didn't have all your wits about you.You obviously weren't thinking straight as you made a huge error.You put a :yuck: Smiley in conjunction with the McDonald's Burgers.I KNOW you couldn't have possibly meant that.So, hopefully you get back 100% up to speed so that you can put when you talk about McDonald's Burgers. I wouldn't mind a Quarter Pounder with Cheese Combo at a movie. Besides, Darko, Burgers aren't crunchy. They don't make noise. Well, unless in Serbia they make 'em with a T-Bone Steak and someone is gnawing away all Barbarically on the bone. :insane:

  37. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    It seems that whole northern hemisphere got some kind of respiratory viruses

    many I know of… and the one child that suffers most here from that sort of thing, did not get any :confused: (thankfully, too!)

  38. Suntana says:

    I don't think Popcorn eating at the movies is a nuisance.Now if someone were to be eating Potato Chips out of a big family-sized bag and constantly messing around with the bag, yeah, that COULD be a problem. Of course, we're NOT allowed to bring in bags of Chips here.Do they even check what people are bringing in, Darko?Are you sure it is a Coke can that someone is opening? Or could people actually be enjoying some Brewskies at the movies? :insane:I can't recall anyone's eating habits at the movies have ever annoyed me to the point of wanting to smack 'em and throw my drink in their face. Now TALKING on the other hand … THAT will get on my last nerve. :bomb:

  39. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by Suntana:

    Now TALKING on the other hand … THAT will get on my last nerve.

    that bothers me, too :irked:

  40. Suntana says:

    Darko, do they or did they ever have Movie Drive-Ins in Serbia?Now THERE … :left: :right: I am guilty of taking in bags of noisy Chips AND BEER. Ahhh! Those were the days. Movie Drive-Ins are now just about nonexistent here in the USA. I don't know if they were ever all the rage in other countries.Ahhh! Orca … that legendary classic with Bo Derek. Yep, saw that one at a Drive-In.

  41. gdare says:

    Martin, we better have our bows and arrows prepared, and have all fresh water springs put in maps and jhave shelters somewhere in mountains, and… :faint:Dirk, I thought Frankenstein looked more human… :left:Angeliki, well, as you said it is relatively close… about 1000 km to the south east :left: But it is possible that the weather is probably similar.Jill, your youngest was not getting it? Good :DCarlos, I am sorry for disappointing you but I don`t particularly like food from McDonalds. There is something in taste of those burgers and stuff that bothers my stomack for days after eating it. So I decided it is not for me and stopped buying them. Chocolate ce cream is good, though :up:Originally posted by Suntana:

    Do they even check what people are bringing in, Darko?

    In our cinemas, there are people employed to sell all those stuff to audience. Before movie starts, they would come offering popcorns, chips, candioes, sodas, juices, chocolate bars,…. :faint:Originally posted by Suntana:

    Darko, do they or did they ever have Movie Drive-Ins in Serbia?

    No, we never had that. In past, when we were still communist country not every family had a car; it was too expensive.

  42. thetomster says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Dirk, I thought Frankenstein looked more human…

    … so did <I … later then … isn't it funny that they named it "Frankenstein" instead of "Godzilla"? took me some years to get the difference when I was that age … but didn't keep me from watching all of these movies πŸ˜€

  43. raniakasim says:

    Darko , both of them , any way i am looking for a new job now ,may u help me ? πŸ˜† concerning Yousef Chahine u can see"www.bibalex.org/alexcinema/…/Youssef_Chahine.html "

  44. gdare says:

    Dirk, I imagine how confused you were when you saw "real" Frankenstein :doh:Rania, knowing the situation in Serbia, I doubt I could help you :left:Thanks for the link :up:San, I will remember that! πŸ˜†

  45. L2D2 says:

    Dare, I don't do McDonald's either. Yuck. The only thing I like from there is their breakfast biscuits with sausage and their green salads. Their burgers are nasty. So are Burger Kings'

  46. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  47. raniakasim says:

    thanks Darko , i do my best trying to find a new job , u know finding a job is so difficult nowadays :worried:

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