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Comment Re:Not for everyone (Score 1) 133

2. A "more social" experience of the movie is better. It's not for those of us who are introverts. Having people talking and eating all around deprives us of our ability to really enjoy the movie and be completely immersed in the experience.

I completely disagree about the introvert thing.

I'm an introvert, but personally, I rarely want to watch a movie alone. I like to watch movie either with a partner (usually a romantic partner), or with a small group of friends.

However, in both these cases (or for watching it alone too, making it 3 cases), the home-theater is the best choice, by far:

For watching alone, you can be undistracted by others.

For watching with a romantic partner, you can be undistracted by others and cuddle all you want (can't do that in theater seats, there's a divider in the way).

For watching with a group of friends, it's more fun at someone's home where you can have a nice couch/sectional, serve food and drinks, talk to each other about the movie if you need to (and then rewind so you don't miss anything), pause if someone needs a bathroom break or wants to go make some popcorn, etc.

There simply isn't any case I can think of where going to a theater is really that much better than staying at home. So, back to your point about introverts, even for the social experience, watching a movie at home is a superior experience. If I'm with a group of friends and we want to pause the movie and talk about it, you can do that at home, but you can't in a theater. At home, you can limit the social interaction to your preferred companions, and then do whatever that group wants, unlike a theater where you're stuck in there with dozens of other strangers and subject to the rules of the establishment. So yes, for non-social watching, home is better, but for social watching, it's also better.

Comment Re:The Fight to Piracy? (Score 1) 133

Here is how you take the fight to piracy -- take some risks, make some NEW movies (get off the remake train),

So, that's how you fight piracy James. Not make the movie theater experience "unique" -- fucking make the movies unique so we'll want to go see them

You'd think James would know about this too: Avatar (2009) was a hugely successful movie, and for good reason: it was an FX tour-de-force. It was absolutely unique, and it was new. (Yes, the plot wasn't completely unique, but most story plots throughout history are rehashed versions of Greek tales or Shakespeare anyway.) Avatar was a big risk at the time, and it paid off. From what I remember, the studios didn't want to finance it because it was too risky, so James financed a lot himself. This is the problem with Hollywood these days: they don't want to take a risk on a movie like Avatar that's all-new, this is why everything is a sequel, prequel, remake, or reboot: they're less profitable but they're much lower-risk and are usually guaranteed to make some kind of profit.

The sad fact is that TV has gotten much more interesting than movies in recent years. See Game of Thrones for proof of this. You won't see any movies like this from Hollywood.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 133

I feel mostly the same way, but to be fair, I do have to point out that there are some (not many) cinemas which are actually pretty nice to go to. They're usually called "dinner theaters"; they cater to adults only, they serve alcohol and full meals, and you sit at tables and watch the movie. You have a button you can press to summon a server. The one I went to a couple of times was run by AMC if I recall correctly.

I also hear good things about Alamo Drafthouse, which I think is similar.

Of course, these things aren't that common, and are entirely regional (Alamo Drafthouse is only in a few cities I think).

Of course, they're not perfect, and have the following problems: 1) tickets are pricey (slightly more than normal theaters usually, but they get more profit from the food and drinks anyway, the meals aren't cheap), 2) there's no pause or rewind, like with any theater.

Personally, I'd rather just stay at home and watch a movie. I can sit in my recliner, I can eat or drink whatever I want (and it's as cheap as I can buy it for at the grocery store), I can pause to go to the bathroom, I can rewind if I miss something or don't understand something, I can turn on subtitles if someone has a thick accent, I can start the movie whenever I want, I can cuddle with a girlfriend (can't do that in a theater because the seats physically prevent it) or a cat, I can adjust the volume to my liking (theaters are usually too loud), I don't have to drive a long way to see the movie and worry about getting a speeding ticket or in an accident with a drunk, I could go on and on.

The main thing people like Cameron seem to be pushing with theaters is the social aspect. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. Who actually talks to or meets new people at a theater? Any socialization is between people who are already friends; if I have some friends that want to watch a movie, we can all meet up at someone's house instead (and then they can even spend the night...). I have no desire to socialize with random strangers in a theater, and in fact, this just isn't normal anyway. "Sharing the experience" is worthless to me. I'd rather share the experience with some friends at home. And I suspect I'm not unusual in this regard.

The only reason theaters did so well in the past is because people couldn't afford equipment that was even remotely as good as what a theater used. Thanks to gigantic LCD TVs at dirt-cheap prices, this has all changed.

Comment Re:Joke ? (Score 2) 500

Should espionage and violation of national security for political gain ever be something joked about by a major party Presidential candidate?

So instead of the candidate who made an already-made-several-times-by-other-people joke, you prefer the candidate who looks you in the eye and knowingly, deliberately, repeatedly lies to you about her handling of matters related to espionage and national security? Why?

Comment Re:Joke ? (Score 3, Insightful) 500

As opposed to waiting six months at a time for Clinton to even hold a press conference (it's been that long - that's how scared she is of her own supporting media) and then knowing, based on years of examples, that quite a bit of what she says are bald-faced lies? And, you're not scared of HER scary proposals? She's gleefully in favor of infringing on constitutionally protected rights, supports nationally self-destructive immigration policies, and wants to see the government involved in wildly more private sector activities, at both the business and personal level. She also "says a ton of things," but because it's done in that focus-group-tuned, calculating Clinton way, it's actually a lot more sinister.

Comment Re: EEE (Score 1) 394

I think there's more to it than that. People use Windows because it's "the standard", and "everyone else uses it". If some of their software stops working on it, they're going to blame the software, not the OS, and not many of them are going to decide to dump the OS and switch to Linux or Mac: it's just too much of a change for them.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 513

I seriously doubt 365 HP (which is pretty lousy these days honestly; a stock Camaro has around that much) is enough to push that brick through the air at 140mph. And it if is, that is extremely dangerous: there is no way an Explorer has the handling necessarily to drive safely at that speed.

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 513

What does the engineering difference between those two styles of air brakes have to do with the judgement call of when or whether to apply brakes in the first place? Is the fact that a guy in Nice, France chose to run down 84 people with an air-brake-equipped truck just an engineering failure, as far as you're concerned?

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 2) 513

There's also the chance the guy you're passing will speed up as you attempt to overtake,

I see this a lot. I really wish the cops would drive around in unmarked cars armed with radars and cameras and look for this behavior, and any time they catch someone doing it, arrest them on the spot and haul them to jail. It's incredibly dangerous behavior.

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