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February 12th, 2007

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01:09 pm - Mel, your moralization is frightening. . .
tesinth and I went to see Apocalypto at the dollar theatre yesterday. While the moral of the movie appears to be "Thank God the White Catholics showed up in time to save the noble savages," we found ourselves wondering:

Poll #925849 Poll 20: Let the shushing begin!

At what point may you speak during a movie in the theatre?

At any point, you may carry on a conversation.
At any point, but only short questions are allowed (e.g. "Who is that?" "What's he doing?" "Can you get me some Junior Mints?")
At any point, but only comments about the plot are allowed (e.g. "Dude!" "I knew it!" "That was cool!" or "Damn, she's hot!")
Only after the credits begin to roll.
Only after any sketches that play during the credits (e.g. people dancing, animated creatures telling jokes, gag reels)
Only after any ending material (e.g. extra scenes after credits)
Any time during the credits, unless sketches are occuring, but you have to be silent for ending material.
Only when the lights go up in the house.

At what point is the movie officially "over"?

When you get up to leave.
When the credits begin to roll.
When the credits begin to roll, unless there are sketches or something to watch while they roll.
After all sketches or ending material (e.g. scenes at the very end, after the credits).
When the lights go up at the very end of the film.

You see, during the credits, while tesinth and I were trying to make heads or tails of the movie (and failing on both counts, aside from to say, "Well, it's a good thing those white Catholics eventually showed up to fix the problem, isn't it?"), we were "shushed" by an old guy who informed us, "Excuse me, the movie isn't over yet." This was well more than half-way through the credits, which have no vocalization, and honestly, aren't any fun to watch (the only reason we were still there was because I was looking for an ASPCA certification. . . which of course wasn't there. . . I suspect a number of animals were harmed in the making of this movie).

This of course, led us to sit through the rest of the credits in silence, and then ask each other if the movie was over and if we were allowed to speak now that the house lights had gone up.

Centrally, tesinth and I would have been happy to be quiet, if he'd said something like, "Guys, we're listening to the music. Would you mind staying quiet until the credits are finished?" But he informed us that the movie was still going on instead, as if we were somehow unaware that the credits were running. His tone of voice was also extremely condescending. It would have been nice to have been asked to be quiet, rather than tell us that we were punk kids because we didn't understand his definition of the end of the film.

So now, I find myself curious, which is why I noted the poll above.

Also, this movie is apparently not about Mayans at all, but Aztecs. I ended up even more confused when I realized that.

And btw, I expect that the "moral of the story" listed above isn't a spoiler. It was, merely, the final conclusion I drew from this movie, much like "Christ wasn't a savior, he was a magician" was the conclusion I drew from Passion. If you see the movie and determine that I did, indeed, somehow spoil the ending with that comment, I grant you permission to post most venomously on my LJ in retaliation.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw", -JB

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Date:February 13th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
A movie is over when the lights go on. That's why they go on. One would think that someone who has studied rituals and the cues used in them would understand that. ;D

The fact is, most people get up when the credits start rolling and leave the theater. For those of us odd souls (such as myself and my husband) who like to stay and watch the credits we should be able to do so in peace.

This does not mean no one else should talk-- but if you are next to one of us who are still enjoying the movie it would be polite to not talk. Expecting us to have to explain why (examples: we're listening to the music, we're looking for a familiar name, we want to find out the name of a song used, we're paying homage to all the people who worked hard on the movie by sitting through the part with their names, or whatever) is arrogant.

Imagine attending a ritual and at the closing song several people start talking about the ritual as if it was over. It ain't over 'till its over.

The results in this poll are exactly why I do not go to the theater anymore-- at no time during the movie is talking acceptable (unless you are at one of the baby friendly showings where they set it up so parents can bring their infants in), even to ask little questions.

It is a theater, not your living room.
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Date:February 13th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)

Lights vs credits

"A movie is over when the lights go on.... The fact is, most people get up when the credits start rolling and leave the theater."

In my experience, the lights usually go on when the credits start rolling. And most people get up to leave then. I usually like to stay through the credits though, and possibly even talk, but by the time the credits are finishing the theater employees tend to be looking at me like I'm in their way.
Date:February 13th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)

Re: Lights vs credits

And in mine the lights come on when the credits are done.
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Date:February 14th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)

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