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 😆 ), 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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