Since I already had a movie-review post this week, I thought it might be a good time to join in on the weekly Movie Meme hosted at The Bumbles Blog. It goes up there on Mondays, but as y'all know, I almost never do these things on their appointed day, so here it is on Wednesday. This week's question:
How do you watch movies? Do you wait in line for the big premier at the theater? Do you savor trips to the local video store perusing the titles up and down the aisle? Or maybe you only watch them from home as they arrive in your mailbox, inbox, or on T.V. And maybe who you watch them with dictates how you watch them?
I'm definitely a moviegoer, but I'm a selective one. I don't feel a need to see everything that comes out, and it's OK if I wait until it's been out a week or two before I get to the theater. Sometimes I'll go to the movies nearly every weekend for a couple of months, and then there will be a period where nothing interests me for weeks. I don't mind going to the movies alone, but fortunately for me, my husband likes to go just as much as I do - and we're usually interested in the same movies, which is also fortunate.
We're a little bit snobby about movie theaters, though - we avoid the older ones that don't have stadium seating. We usually go to afternoon showings, since they're a little less expensive and crowded - but in the theater, you can't tell what time of day it is anyway. We have a decent multiplex in town, and we go there to see movies with the kids and "ordinary" movies. Sometimes we want more of an experience, though - we may have been eagerly anticipating the movie, and it's one that rates special big-screen viewing with few distractions. Our favorite moviegoer's paradise is the ArcLight, a "black box" theater with state-of-the-art sound and projection where you can get reserved (and very comfortable) seating when you buy tickets in advance, online. Waiting in line is no fun, so it's nice to be able to plan ahead a little and avoid it. It costs a little more, but the amenities - and lack of pre-feature commercials - are worth it. A new Muvico theater has opened a little closer to us, and we're looking forward to trying it out to see how it compares to the ArcLight as a movie destination.
We like watching movies at home on DVD too, but we're usually DVD buyers rather than renters. Most of the movies we buy are ones we saw in theaters, though; if we already know we liked them, we know they're worth owning. But since DVDs on sale don't cost much more than a trade paperback, sometimes we'll take a chance on one we haven't seen before. We sometimes have movie afternoons or evenings at home with the kids, but given my tendency to doze off on the couch, we have to start a "movie night" fairly early. We're not really in the habit of renting; I used to do it a lot, but these days I find the video store just one more place I'd rather not go. Occasionally my husband will comment that some movie or another "might be worth renting," though, so we're seriously thinking about giving Netflix a shot.
We rarely watch movies on "regular" TV for one reason - commercials - and we don't subscribe to any premium channels. Our digital cable does have a few movie channels that limit commercials in the package we get, though, and my husband checks their listings pretty regularly. If he spots something good coming up, he'll set it up to record on the DVR, and we'll watch it...eventually. I don't have much interest in watching movies online, since the quality on our TV is so much better, but I'd be open to downloading them to a TV-connected box to watch them there. But truthfully, a theater is my favorite place to see movies - at home, I'm too easily distracted (and the couch is too comfortable).
How do you usually watch movies - and is that way your favorite way to see them?