How do you decide what to go see at the cinema?

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  1. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    This is kinda an offshoot of a lot of comments in the Transformers Movie Discussion forum. I've seen quite a few people insist that you shouldn't listen to critics, you need to make your own mind up, etc. But if you don't listen to critics, how DO you decide whether to go and see a film? I'll get the ball rolling:

    Trailers are fairly important. A good trailer can generate a lot of interest. I'm thinking of the Iron Man trailers, which showed that the special effects were up to the task. But I don't just go on trailers. We've probably all seen a film that wasn't as good as the trailer suggested because all the good bits were in the trailer.

    I read a lot of reviews. Not just for films, but for pretty much anything I'm going to pony up cash for. I don't just read one review, I read as many as possible. At least two of my favorite films (Equilbrium and Hudson Hawk) received largely unfavourable reviews on their release but I loved them.

    Finally, I talk to people I know who've seen the film. I've got one mate who works as a projectionist at a cinema, thus ensuring he sees everything that gets released. I talk to a lot of people because, again, we all have different tastes. I love films that some of my friends can't stand, and vice versa.

    So, how do you decide what looks worth your cash?
     
  2. kidnicky

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    Basically I just go by the trailer. I watch like 6 movies a year in the theater anyway,so it's not like I'm wasting tons of cash.
    I used to look at reviews and such online,but these days everyone is such a fanboy asshole there's no point to it. If a fellow message board poster or even "professional" website has been telling you for months that (for example) G.I. Joe will be a shitty movie because Cobra Commander's mask is different,what's the point of me reading their eventual review?
     
  3. Scantron

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    I rarely go to see movies at the theatre anymore and don't watch many in general. My criteria for seeing a film at the theatre (most of which holds for DVD viewing as well):

    (1) Is this a franchise I support or am a fan of? If "yes", I go see the film in theatres, regardless of other factors (though I will think twice if #3 below is violated). If "no"...
    (2) Does the concept or general idea of this movie seem like something that interests me? The answer to this question is determined by the trailers, posters, comments from people I know, news articles and other information. If the answer to this is "yes"...
    (3) Is anyone involved in the acting/writing/directing/producing/etc of this movie on my "not watching anything they're involved with until I get reimbursed for the [x] money/time I wasted on one of their other films" list? This is a pretty short list, but it's important to get out of the way. If the answer to this is "no"...
    (4) Is this the kind of movie where the viewing experience would be improved by seeing it on the big screen? Basically, would I be able to enjoy this movie just as much by watching it at home on my TV when it hits DVD? Something with a lot of special effects (RotF) or astounding animation (Pixar) would be enhanced on the big screen. Most dramas, comedies and other more 'down-to-earth' stuff (for lack of a better term), not so much. If "yes" to this question...
    (5) How are the (i) professional, (ii) general public and (iii) internet user reviews? If all three are positive, I go see the film. If all three are negative, I skip the film. If only the (i) reviews are good, I go see it, with low expectations. If the (ii) and (iii) reviews are good and the (i) reviews are bad, I check to see if the (i) reviews have legitimate complaints or if they're just whining, but I generally go see the movie expecting it to be good. If the (i) and (ii) reviews are bad and the (iii) reviews are overwhelmingly good, I skip the movie; I've noticed that the general internet community tends to glom onto some godawful movies that I've regretted wasting my time on.
     
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  4. smkspy

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    I barely watch movies in the theaters also. DVDs are released so quickly that it doesn't even feel like you actually have to wait for the film. Usually, if I like the trailer enough I'll go see the film especially if it's a property that I'm already into in some other medium. I never reads reviews, but will listen to the recommendations of friends if they've the film. That being said, I certainly understand the need for film critics and the service they provide. If I get a bad experience from a film, so what really...it's just a film.
     
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    i go see movies i hear about coming out or their trailer is awesome....pretty much i only seen a handful of movies this year:
    madea goes to jail
    star trek
    transformers 2

    and soon to be gi joe
     
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    porn isn't in theaters here naymore:( 
     
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    Not even in the back room at those places where you have to put quarters in to watch said 'film'?? :( 
     
  8. llamatron

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    Big blockbuster effects or something I really want to see and don't feel like waiting for the eventual DVD release.
     
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    Criterion one: Is it based on some kind of franchise I like? Is it a good trailer? Let's give this thing a whirl! Doesn't always work, look at DBE

    Criterion two!: What do the critics think of it? Not just their ratings, but what do they actually say about it.

    Criterion THREE!: Word of mouth. Has someone I know seen it? Do I think this person is intelligent? What do they think?

    Criterion FOUR!!!!!111!!!one!!!: Will anyone want to see this movie with me?

    Criterion 4 is the most important. Almost didn't see Star Trek, on account of all the stigma associated with that franchise (Deservedly! Death to Star Trek[well, the original series was kinda imaginative]!). Luckily, there was a movie marathon, and me and my friends love movie marathons. So I got to see it after all.
     
  10. kidnicky

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    Scantron made a good point that I forgot-I usually don't bother watching a comedy in the theater,since it'll be on DVD in a week and the cinemtography usually doesn't justify a need to see it on the big screen.
     
  11. smkspy

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    Funny you should mention people having to watch the movie with you. These days as I get older, I much rather see movies by myself...on a weekday and at the first showing of the day. Basicly, I want to see the movie without any distractions and way from massive crowds of teenagers.
     
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    I love going to the movies in general. I usually see movies that appeal to me based on trailers and tv spots. However, the movie experience can be really shitty, like old people talking really loudly, or kids making a ruckus. Since I have a 2 year old, going to the movies has been scarce for me, but every time I go, something always happens to ruin it. This has caused me to miss out on movies I want to see and waiting for it's disc release.
     
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    I don't generally accept any outside insight; when I hear the title of a movie, I know if I'm going or not going. For example:

    "Iron Man" - YES
    "Transformers" - YES
    "He's Just Not That Into You" - NO
    "My Best Friend's Wedding" - NO
     
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    Trailers. That's what it usually comes down to for me. If it can make me laugh or go "WHOA!", chances are I'm gonna go see it.

    Another factor would be my friends. Movies has become a social thing for me, and I tend to go with my roommate at the very least. I've gone to things I'm not really too interested in (horror movies, mainly) because I got friends who are really into it. In the reverse, I've missed out on things I wanted to see because no one wanted to go with me (in part because I can't drive).

    And there is the whole "based on a property I'm really like." I'm yet to miss a Marvel or DC movie, and no force on this earth could have kept me from either Transformers movie.
     
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    Is the story or conscept any good?

    Who's involved (Cast and crew)?

    Do the trailers make the movie look like it can be executed well?

    What do critics say about it? (I refer to Rotten Tomatoes)

    For a year that has been underwhelmimg in movie, I've seen a bunch of good ones

    Star Trek-9/10
    Up-9.5/10
    Public Enemies-9.5/10
    Hurt Locker- 9.5/10
    Hangover- 8.5/10

    Still want to watch District 9, Inglorious Bastards, and maybe Funny People.

    Kind of disappointed that T4 wasn't that great according to many people ad critics.

    Thank goodness I didn't watch the worst blockbusters this summer- Wolverine (shudders) or you know... RoTF. :confused2 
     
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    Director, cast, trailer, word of mouth.

    If I'm still undecided then I will look at what critics have to say about things.
     
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    I've been doing this for years, find the least busiest cinema in the area and go as soon after work as possible. Having one with no public transport links nearby is a bonus as well, the young and uneducated are less likely to go if they have to walk far or scrounge a lift.
     
  18. Scantron

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    I'm the same; I prefer to watch films without anyone else along and with as few other people in the theatre as possible. With the exception of the TF films, I only go to movies at the earliest showing on Saturday mornings. Not only is it usually very quiet, even on a movie's opening weekend, but the tickets are only $5 so I save some money as well.
     
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    1.Saw a movie title. Interested.
    2.Google/wikipedia
    3.Like ? Put it into mental list and wait
    4.Put on ear plugs for any negative things (yeah sounds kinda biased but I wanna see how "bad" a movie is myself. My money, my problem)
    5.???
    6.Profit.
     
  20. rattrap007

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    Basically like other people said. if it is a francise i love then I'll see it. If it is a movie I heard lots of good things about and am interested in, I'll see it.

    I don't care what others think because it is just that, someone else's opinion. Only one who knows exactly what I like is me. I loved TF2, critics HATED it. Does that make them wrong?.... yes...

    I go by the trailer and plot generalization I know about the film. District 9 I know little about. I've seen the trailer and it peaked my interest. I'll probably see it.

    I will see a bad movie if i think it is bad enough to be be enjoyable. I consider GI Joe will be one of these. It looks cheesy and they took a rejected script and added GI Joe to it. But It looks so cheesy that I can watch and laugh at it a bit.

    I think MST3K opened my eyes to enjoying bad movies. I love crap like Silent Night Deadly Night because of how bad it is. I consider that sort of thing to be better than something like Gili. Gili is just bad all around. SNDN and Catwoman are so bad they rebound back into the territory of enjoyably bad.
     

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