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2) Run out as soon as the screen goes black for the credits.
3) Blessed relief.
4) You can be back well in time for the "you must sit through the credits!!!!1!!!" bit.
Almost 3 hours? I'll probably skip it...though I did subject myself to "Men in Black 3" this past weekend just for the air conditioning, so you never know.
Intermissions are cute. I want to line up with 30 other dudes for the urinals. Having a queue behind me always makes it a more comfortable experience.
The point isn't to drink all the soda; in fact I usually share with friends, put some in my flask for later or simply pour the rest out on the floor.
The point of the soda bucket is to have a large capacity container for liquids that you can leave in the theater should you have to fill it.
In all seriousness, intermissions are crucial in theaters that serve beer.
I prefer watching a movie without an intermission, but having one does mean I'm more likely to buy drinks at places like Central Cinema. I imagine intermissions for long first-run movies would help theatres sell more vats of HFCS and grease-covered popcorn!
Agree that shorter running times often mean that character development suffers, so I'm all for longer films if the story supports it.
But I'd be ok with bringing back intermissions. I could have used one during the last LOTR movie, when I kept holding it through all the fake-out endings.
Sitting still for a couple hours (and slipping out if absolutely necessary) really isn't all that difficult.
Trilogy? I think Transmet would warrant at least five or six films...
Seems like we've passed a point where a quality TV series is a better entertainment stream than a theater movie.
Community is more innovative than The Dictator.
The Wire is better than Brooklyn's finest.
The Sopranoes took up the mantle from the progression of Godfather, Thief, Goodfellas...as no other movie did.
Movies now serve one of two audiences, or perish.
They are either for pre-teens who cannot yet drive and have no where else to go at night. These require that the film have vampires.
Or they are for kids whose parents take them to movies on Saturday afternoon in the hopes of keeping them quiet. The more mindnumbing, Transformerish the movie is, the more quiet they keep.
On that account a 3 hour Batman movie, with appropriately deafening THX sound will be worth the $10 ticket prices for weary moms and dads.
Also, The Dark Knight already felt like it was over three hours. I liked it, but lord was I ready for it to be done long before the final fight sequence. Ditto Inception.
On the other hand, I'm better served by movies that feel chock full. Magnolia felt like a 2:20 movie, and still feels shorter than The Dark Knight.