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Ramble of the Day
For the most part, I have more often than not enjoyed what I sat down in a movie theater and seen. There have been a few terrible movies that stick out in my mind — Skyscraper, mainly — but I leave mostly satisfied, as do my fellow moviegoers. Still, a most memorable moviegoing experience for me was the one time I can remember someone walking out, which happened when I went to go see La La Land.
I didn’t like this film, though I won’t get into that today. It was about halfway through, and I had fully established that I didn’t like the movie, thinking how much I disliked every scene. When the film had hit a transition scene, one person exclaimed, “I can’t believe this is nominated for best picture!” and walked out. Then, one or two other people followed that person, and not very long after, another two also left. This wasn’t a packed screening, either — I’d guess that was about 40 to 50 percent of the people in the theater that left abruptly. It was really, really funny, to be quite honest (though I managed not to laugh out loud, unlike a few other times at other trips to the movies).
I’ve never done it, though I wanted to try it when Holmes & Watson came out. It never ended up happening — I think I only wanted to do it when MoviePass was a thing, and I think it wasn’t at that point, or that the scheduling just hadn’t worked out. Regardless, I remember wanting to use MoviePass to go see it with my sisters with the dare to see how long we could last during the most disastrous film of the holiday season, but it wasn’t meant to be. I also don’t think it was a smart bet — we’re all pretty good at lasting through bad movies, even if we absolutely despise them. (I somehow made it through Ibiza: Love Drunk despite consistent outbursts and my sisters telling me to calm down, though this was at home and not at a theater.) Our tolerance for really bad things is pretty high.
tl;dr: Random musings about the time I saw people walk out of a movie theater during La La Land.
Links of the Day
Hertha Berlin’s Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused during a DFB Pokal match against Schalke.
Odion Ighalo said he took a pay cut to join Manchester United from Shanghai Shenua.
The FA charged Port Vale’s Tom Pope for an anti-semitic tweet.
Today’s longer read: Eni Aluko argues that redistributing FA Cup prize money could solve the conflict between the Premier League’s winter break and FA Cup replays for The Guardian