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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Everyone's Gone To The Movies

Enough with the damn commercials before the movies!

I know they've been around for a while. They've just gotten out of hand now. I went to see "Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers" at a local movie theater, and the movie didn't start until 30 minutes after the listed time. There was a projection malfunction during the commercials, so they took 5 minutes to fix it - and then showed the same commercials all over again. Then came the theater advertisements. Then a charitable solicitation from John Travolta, whose presence made me wonder if the charity was a Scientology front. Then the Coming Attractions. Then, finally, to widespread sarcastic applause initiated in part by yours truly, the movie itself.

I didn't pay $9.00 to watch nearly ten minutes of commercials - twice. (This doesn't include the previews and trailers - for some reason I don't mind those as much.) Keeping in mind that the "The Two Towers" is itself a three-hour movie, that's a lot of time for one sitting.

It's yet another reason to wait for movies to come out on DVD, as if we didn't have enough reasons already.


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