Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cinema Code of Conduct

Thanks to All About War Movies for sending this to me.  Below is what All About posted.  Here is what he said: 

"As most of you will be aware, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are the hosts of the finest film show that the UK has to offer. The former is a film critic who’s words have graced the pages of numerous newspapers and magazines, is a regular presence on the nation’s TV screens and has even been lampooned by Vizcomic and had his huge, flappy hands mocked on The Thick Of It. Simon Mayo is perhaps one of Britain’s most recognisable and popular radio presenters. Many of us spent our youth listening to him on BBC Radio 1 only to follow him to his afternoon slot on BBC Radio 5 Live and then to BBC Radio 2 where he currently presents the popular Drivetime show. Mayo has also been slightly maligned on The Thick of It. The two doctors present Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review; two hours of film discussion, interviews, reviews and the home of the occasional ‘Kermodian rant’ – wittertainment at its finest.

     Over the past few weeks they have been inviting listeners to help them compile a code of conduct for watching films in the cinema, a list of rules that many of film bloggers would agree with, and have even had the decency to provide a poster…"

     Each web site is asked to add their own #11, so here goes.

#11 - No snickering!  Do not laugh at ridiculous moments in serious movies.  Just because you are intelligent enough to recognize something is implausible or inaccurate, do not ruin the experience for the average viewer.  We want to be entertained, not educated!

     Anyone who follows this site knows I am one of those know-it-alls that this rule is aimed at.  In my defense, I always try to cover my mouth to stifle my laughter.  For example, when the villains landed via Higgins boats in the recent "Robin Hood".  Guffaw!

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  1. That's a good one but it's hard to comply. I remember I was laughing during Titanic and it wasn't appreciated by those close by.

  2. That's why I seldom go to the theater. When I do go and have to smother myself, it's usually because my son has insisted that I go see a movie he insists will be good. Like Robin Hood. He gets upset when we leave the theater with me pointing out all the absurdities in the film. I wonder why people do not invite me to movies? My wife is the same. We are both very hard on movies. We love picking them apart, if they are bad.

  3. While it would clearly be wrong to snark and nitpick every minor flaw during the movie (afterwards is another story) there are times when a film asks the audience to swallow patent nonsense that a vocal reaction is reasonable and appropriate.

    1. Showing our intellectual superiority in a theater crowded with the ignorant masses might not be a good idea. I prefer to stick with the eye roll and sigh.


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