July 6, 2003


Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 6, 2003 10:10 PM Friday night I saw 28 Days Later. I'm pleased to report that it's a cool zombie movie; if you loathe the undead (and you should), you'll like this movie.

I usually see movies in downtown Berkeley, but there's now a theater out in the suburbs that I live closer to. This is where I went on Friday. It's quite a nice theater - 16 screens with stadium seating. However, the clientele made me long for the relatively well-behaved Berkeley crowd.

Maybe this was a result of seeing a movie on a holiday, but keep in mind this was a 9:45 showing of an R-rated, gory horror movie. When I saw the people taking seats around me, I wondered if I had accidentally walked into a showing of Finding Nemo. Seriosly, there were that many families with small children there. Of course they were running through the aisles even after the movie started, but this was probably better for their fragile psyches than actually watching the thing. Fortunately most of these families got a clue after the nth violent death and walked out before the end.

At that point I was left with the adult portion of the audience, who seemed altogether unfamiliar with the distinction, etiquette-wise, between a movie theater and their own living rooms. On the other hand, maybe it's not their fault - I noticed that this theater didn't play the "Please be quiet during the show" clip at the beginning, and maybe it has a more critical influence on people than I realized.

To sum up: cool movie, but Worst. Audience. Ever. I'll try that theater one more time, since it's a nice place and it might have just been a bad night. If I have a similar experience, I'm going to stick with downtown Berkeley. Tags:
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