I live in (Location) Southern California, which should mean that I should be able to see any movie I damn well please that’s been released recently in a theater. In fact, there was a Super Saver nearby that showed second run films for a mere two dollars, as long as you didn’t mind the fact that it appeared to have been decorated by a blind man in a discotheque surplus warehouse.
But no. No more. The Super Saver’s closed, so now I have to pay the full $8.50 to see anything, even if it’s a film that’s so bad that everybody knows the director should be paying the audience to see it. They claim it’s because of waning interest, to which I respond with several choice cursewords because it’s always been at least halfway full every time I went there.
No problem, you’d think. There’s plenty of theaters around. And there are! But - and it’s a big but, and I cannot lie - they’ve all been bought by the same company. Regal, Edwards, and UA are now the same corporation, so they’re all going to show the same movies forever. It also probably means that they’re going to raise the prices (again) so that they all charge the same. That covers nearly every theater in a 10-mile radius from my house, and all the other, smaller ones show the same films for even more beacuse they have to compete with the fact that they’re not making the same money as the Megacorporation.
But still, there should be a good selection of movies, eh? Nope. A full two-page spread in the paper listing nearly every theater house in two counties in small print has about 15 different movies in it - all the latest releases plus reshowings of the Oscar winners.
Why am I ranting? Because if the theaters are going to show all the same movies, they might as well show good ones. Tonight my friend and I took my brother to see Death to Smoochy, because he hadn’t seen it. That was released, what, four weeks ago? The only theater within reason (a 30-screener, and thankfully not within the Megacorp) shows it all of twice a day. How many times does it show Clockstoppers? Eleven fricking times. Is there five times the demand for a warmed-over Ducktales episode as there is for Smoochy? If there is, I’m lead to Curly-style self abuse in frustration with the average moviegoer’s taste.
I need a hug, a stiff drink, and a bigger home DVD collection if this is the kind of thing that I’m going to expect from the movie industry. Not necessarily in that order.
Oh yeah, and this is my first Pit post. Hi.