Old and Grumpy

It’s getting harder and harder to watch a film in peace and quiet in these crazy times. Since when has the movie going experience turn to shit? Sometimes I feel like Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino raging against a culture I can’t keep up with.

Since when has it become socially acceptable to point and blather on about what’s happening onscreen to your neighbour? How about the little twerp who feels the need to text incessantly on his phone*? And then, there’s the jerkoff that thinks it’s okay to start blinding everyone around him with the ominous glow of his iPad?

I apologize for coming off like some frothing at the mouth loony but the truth is while ticket prices have gone up, the quality of going to the movies hasn’t. Do I blame our narcissistic youth culture for perpetuating this decline? Sure, kids are bratty little insensitive trolls that ruin many of the things adults value. But they are kids, and as long as they have youth on their side, society will give them a pass.

But how about adults who participate in this vile behaviour? Should we also give them a pass because they are just doing what seems to be the norm these days?


*Texting is a pet peeve of mine. I get why people do it and I’m guilty of it from time to time but for the love of God, wouldn’t it be more efficient to just call the person instead of texting back and forth for an half an hour? Are you sending your manuscript over your phone or something? While I’m at it, what’s the biz with texting at work? Do you not have friends with jobs? I literally have co-workers who spend the bulk of the day texting.


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2 Responses to Old and Grumpy

  1. A. says:

    No don’t worry, this goes above and beyond the “get off my lawn” feeling. The worst I’ve seen so far is that while watching the Road Warrior two idiots were shouting and just screaming the whole time. Ruined it!

    The last thing I heard that I couldn’t believe was my friend who works at a theater, says someone was taking pictures of the screen while watching Tree of Life. What are they thinking!?

  2. smirk2u says:

    I’m glad we’re on the same page here. I thought I was the only one getting cranky at the whole movie watching experience. I was also at a screening where seats where assigned and of course this did not sit well with one of those brats who decided he could sit whereever he wanted to. 10 mins in, 2 ushers, the manager and 2 secruity guards had to come and escort him away. And he did not go gentily into the night, he was screaming, adamant that he was in the right sit. Even though his ticket stub clearly showed he was in the wrong seat.


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