Movie Talker – To Talk Or Not to Talk

The other day, I was watching a movie in a theater with some friends. It was supposed to be a comedy, but I couldn’t stomach a laugh. If I hadn’t gone with a couple of friends, I would have already been in another theater by this point. Especially a movie like this, one that would have been better to rent than pay a million dollars to see. It’s getting down right expensive to see a movie nowadays. After you factor in the pop, candy, and the price of your ticket, you almost need to take out a second mortgage. Anyway, I’m not really into the movie, and I can’t leave. I start biting my lip because I have a bad habit which drives my friends crazy. All of a sudden, I hear a familiar sound; a guy two rows down has the same condition as myself. My dimples take form for the first time this evening. The guy two rows down is a movie talker.

For those of you who are not familiar with my condition, let me showcase some of our best characteristics. They’re three kinds of movie talkers. Sometimes it is possible for a person to have all three of these traits but usually a movie talker is one of the three.

The first kind of movie talker is what I will call the Good Buddy. Don’t be deceived, this kind of movie talker is definitely not. The Good Buddy likes to talk to the characters on the screen like they are friends. They may say things like, “Don’t go into that room! Someone is waiting on the other side of the door–they’re going to kill you!!” This individual will inadvertently unfold the plot of the movie. It is important to remember that the Good Buddy does not always realize what they are doing. Whether or not the Good Buddy has previously seen the movie, is not necessarily a prerequisite for their movie talking. Unfortunately, whether they are right or wrong regarding the films outcome, does not change the fact that they are still talking during the movie.

The next kind of movie talker might think they have a sixth sense for unravelling a great mystery, but really they are nothing more than someone who points out the already known. I call this movie talker…Captain Obvious. Captain Obvious’ special power only appears in predictable movies. Captain Obvious might say things like, “Did you see that jump?” Which movie do you think we’re watching here captain? Or, “That’s the guy from earlier, remember he was in the background when so and so died.” Although Captain Obvious may seem like a pretty annoying movie talker, there is one more movie talker who is far worse.

The award for the most annoying movie talker goes to…Speechless. Ironically, they are anything but. This movie talker goes on and on, and on, and on like an old warped record. They talk about unrelated subjects during the movie regardless of whether they have seen the movie or not. Speechless may not know why they came to the movie with you in the first place. If you ask them, Speechless will probably say, “I don’t know because you were going.” They may just want to spend time with you and talk out their day, what they saw earlier, or something about the show–that reminded them of something they saw earlier. Speechless will continue to talk oblivious to the fact that you are trying to watch a movie. If you try and ignore them hoping it will send a message for silence, Speechless will continue to talk and even ask if you are paying attention. Speechless is not a bad person which makes them the worst kind of movie talker. They just have an innocence that makes them oblivious to what’s going on around them. If you tell them to shut up because you are watching a movie, then they will almost always get a doughy eyed expression like you just kicked their puppy.

Nowadays, the average movie talker is silenced at home by the technology designed to make our lives easier. We have the aging v.c.r, the everyday d.v.d player, and the newcomer d.v.r. These three devices are prepackaged with a pause, stop, rewind, and fast forward button. Unfortunately, movie theaters do not have such a luxury. Aside from creating a movie theater specifically designed for each of these movie talkers, the only real thing anyone can do is keep suspected movie talkers at home.

Or, is there?

In May of 2007 Regal Entertainment Group unleashed a new device aimed at silencing the movie talker. The hand-held device is issued to select moviegoers with a direct link to management. The four button remote control can alert management of a problem with the picture, poor sound quality, movie talking, or an act of piracy. Although this device was controversial when it was first released, it has paid for itself many times over through the satisfied customers who get a chance to see and hear the movie they’ve paid for.

For Great Movies You Need Great Actors

I am a movie addict, I watch movies everywhere and anytime I can. I have been watching movies since I don’t remember, when technology was far away worse than it is today. In those days movies weren’t great because of technology or special effects. They were great because of the storyline, directing and great acting.

I am not saying technology is bad or anything like that, I am just tired of these new movies that are all about special effect and fantasy. Movies about real life are disappearing from circulation. In these days if you want to talk to friends about movies, you have to talk about avatar who had a budget of over 200 million$ with a Pocahontas storyline, and with a leading actor like Sam Worthington(nothing against him, but I think he is an ordinary actor, maybe below the average).

You don’t see people anymore talk about movies like The Godfather, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Forrest Gump, Scent Of A Woman(to name a few), and this is because they do not make movies like those anymore. You don’t see people talk about Glengarry Glen Ross, with a budget of just over 10 million$, but who needs a bigger budget, who needs technology, who needs special effects when you have actors like Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin etc playing beautifully those great dialogues created by David Mamet.

I am afraid the way it is going in the movie industry, great actors will become an extinct species, and movies will be played by ordinary actors, or maybe even robots, and we will enjoy only the view and forget what movies are really about. I am sure many of you who are reading this article strongly disagree with me, because you just want to watch a movie and have fun, you just want to give pleasure to your eyes, watching 3D and stuff.

I am not old fashioned, I don’t mind watching such movies once in a while, I think they are entertaining, I just think they make such films more than they should, and the way it is going, after a few years they will only make those kind of movies. Like I said I like to be entertained by a movie, I like to laugh, but I also want to cry while watching a movie. Movies have changed lots of people lives, but these kind of movies, no they wont.

Its All About Magic, Movies and Magicians

These days, there is a wide range of movies which speak loud about magicians, magic or more precisely illusions. They have been around for quite a long time but have proven popular from only some countable years. This is the result of the latest illusion creating technologies, animation science and growing interest in the magicians and movies. Filmmakers today frame up a great drama which drives the audience in to a whole new world of magic, thinking it to be all real and achievable. They push one to make a journey through new zones of capabilities and possibilities.

Magicians in the movies take the breath out of audience with their ability to mislead and slight moves of hand to make the unbelievable, believable. The list of movies about spells and witchcraft is endless and many such movies and TV shows speak volumes about their glory. Some of the famous movies about illusionists and magic are as follows:

To begin with, Bewitched, a movie which was directed in 2005 following a television show with the same title, became highly talked about, the world over. The protagonist is a good natured, naive witch who is determined to part ways with her supernatural powers and lead a normal life for the happiness of her husband.

Two other movies that hit the cinemas a couple of years back are the Illusionist and the Prestige. Though Illusionist did not leave much of a mark on the audience, the Prestige was highly recognized and appreciated. It is about a physicist who develops a machine which can tele-port a man from from one place to another in a fraction of seconds. The plot of the movie is simple but is told in a much complicated fashion. Yet it is a thrilling, intelligent film which surely keep one hooked till the end of the movie.

Talking of these movies about magicians, one cannot skip to mention the Harry Potter series. These movies have gripped a mass of audience through their popular book series. The special effects and the story line keeps all age groups totally attracted.

Hopefully there will come a new era of such exciting movies about magicians in the coming years. With more special effects and better equipment to make the line between illusion and reality finer, chances are surely high, that we will be greeted with spectacular movies portraying magicians, in the future.