NationStates Jolt Archive

What Gets You Into A Movie Theatre?

Dobbs Town
07-02-2005, 06:44
Let's hear your two cent's worth. 'Cause in this case, your two cents are really worth about twenty bucks on average, after you factor in the overpriced candy and watered-down pop.
07-02-2005, 06:47
How much I think I'll like it. For me, story and plot are probably the most influential. Actors and directors and all that, I really don't know any so they don't really matter.
07-02-2005, 06:48
my last two visits to the movies have been because i had coupons.

(one covered the entire ticket and snacks)

well, one was because my bf enjoys the blade movies and wanted to see the third one.

and the other was completely free...

i think i'm going to see constantine, but i kinda like movies of that theme...
Alien Born
07-02-2005, 06:49
A ticket, usually :p
07-02-2005, 06:50
What, girls aren't on the poll? And not in the movie, I mean sitting next to me.
07-02-2005, 06:51
umm....a really attractive commercial
07-02-2005, 06:54
I only selected "the story." As such, you can imagine that the only thing that actually gets me into a theater is a friend who likes throwing money at corporate america.
07-02-2005, 06:58
This is hard to answer since I havent' been to the theater since the Bourne supremacy. Theaters are always too cold and expensive. I prefer to just wait until the movie is available on DVD and sit in the comfort of my home watching it. It costs about the same as 2 tickets anyway, plus I get the added bonus of watching it over and over if I want to!!!
07-02-2005, 07:00
so I guess the answer is "none of the above", unless a friend asks me to go (and normally is paying) ;)
07-02-2005, 07:00
The visual effects (hey, it's gotta look good), cinematography (it has to have good camera work and can't look like the production crew didn't have enough money to invest in a tripod), and the story/writing (no plot failures, please, and let the story be creative; if it's not creative, then make sure your facts are correct if it's based on real life).

Two out of the three above will usually get me to go see a movie.
07-02-2005, 07:06
I only picked reviews as one of my choices because it affects me in reverse: if the critics pan a movie, I, and generally most of the public, find it very entertaining, while those the critics rave over are generally boring intellectual exercises of questionable merit.
07-02-2005, 07:08
What about cool names? Cool names are what really get get people. Ever notice how cool the names are in The Lord of the Rings?
Steel Butterfly
07-02-2005, 07:10
Well...plot, characterization, dialogue, and mood are the most important things in a movie...

But normally movies get me into the movie theatre. I'm not sure what the rest of you guys go for...

EDIT: And for whoever said girls, I find that the stupid arm-rest gets in the way. A good couch, or a bed for that matter, is a lot
Dobbs Town
07-02-2005, 07:13
I don't bother with most films anymore due to the ludicrous cost of a ticket. It has to be one hell of a movie for me to set foot in one of those new multiplexes.

Story is important, paramount - and the director is usually a deciding factor. Actors? A lot of the actors I was really aware of are either dead or retired, and I haven't kept up with the various cults of stardom. Put it this way, if I remember the face from one film to another, they're doing all right. I'll eventually remember their name. Like Sean Bean. That one took only ten years or so to sink in.
07-02-2005, 07:16
The things that usually get me into the movie house are having time to kill, screening a decent movie I haven't seen yet, and still being the time when it only costs four dollars to get in (I eat either before or after, so I don't have to worry about hunger or going to the bathroom).
The Black Forrest
07-02-2005, 08:14
Movie prices have gotten so big that I am picky as to the movie. It's got to be worth the cost. Certain movies require the big screen. For exampe, the opening fight between the Romans and the Germans in Gladiator. Das Boot.

Movies like Dumb and Dumber don't need the big screen.
07-02-2005, 08:39
Yeah, I don't go to the movies for anything other than the BIG titles...

You know what I mean... There are movies, and then there are MOVIES... For instance, "50 First Dates" vs "Lord of the Rings: (Any of them)"... See what I mean?

So, for the poll, I answered "the story"... It's not exactly the same sentiment that i'm going for, but it's the closest...

Of course, I get "forced" into going to plenty of non-theater-worthy movies by my girlfriend, who just likes going to the movies, regardless of what it is we're going to see (whereas I plan a trip to the movies based around wanting to go see something specific, she simply plans to go to the movies, and we pick something out when we get there, or shortly before)
The Plutonian Empire
07-02-2005, 09:47
Here's what will get me to a theater:

1. No more commercials
2. They provide services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.
3. The movie is a disaster movie, such as Day After Tomorrow.
4. XXX :D
Cannot think of a name
07-02-2005, 10:45
It's a spread, so I couldn't vote. Besides, it's too close to a marketing survey to streamline and make movie promotion easier....I'm on you Dobbs Town!!!!!!!

Alright, that's paranoid.

A director or writer can make me interested. Actors only influence me in reverse, I tend not to watch Mark Walburg or Keanu Reeves. I don't think that there is an actor that I would watch as a sole reason, or even dominant one.

Cinematography can make me go, if something's in the trailer that grabs me. That can bite me in the ass, like in Dark City, but when it pays off in movies like Big Fish it's worth the risk.
07-02-2005, 11:34
1. Director. If it's by Almodovar, Jeunet, Kaurismäki, Burton etc I'll definately go to see it in theatre.
2. Cinematography. Never the only reason, but some movies are visually so stunning that you must see them on screen.
3. Rareness. Film archives show movies you can't see anywhere else. Their screenings are also quite cheap.
I V Stalin
07-02-2005, 12:57
Reviews. And not the crappy "must-see"/"film of the year"/"*****" reviews you get in the tabloid press. The last two films I've bothered to go see are House of Flying Daggers, which was almost universally praised (but was still a disappointment compared to Hero and CTHD), and Oldboy (which is *the* best film I have *ever* seen), which was not only praised by everyone who's anyone in film, but also won the Jury's Grand Prize and was nominated for the Palme D'Or at Cannes. Can't wait for it to come out over here on DVD - just two weeks to go!
Greedy Pig
07-02-2005, 13:18
MOstly the reviews. But alot of other factors come in play.