Something funny happened when we tried to catch Iron Man in the cinema. It was a combination of a silly mistake by the ticket counter girl (she pressed the wrong button and showed us seats for the wrong movie) and us being on a rush (we got there to find out that the screening just started so might as well just catch it now). So we got into the cinema, not double checking our tickets, and sat there while enjoying the trailers for Wall E and Hancock. Then the Disney Logo showed up….Iron Man is Disney?!!….checked the tickets and LMAO!! NARNIA!! Haha…we left the cinema laughing our ass off while several families with their kids were looking at us in a WTF? manner. We went to counter and told them about what happened and they escorted us to the right cinema. First time such thing happened to me Hehe.
So I started to think about any other memorable cinema experiences. This has nothing to do with whether I liked the movie that were shown but more into the stuff that happened when I watch a movie that makes that day memorable. Here we go:
End of Days (1999)
Location: The cinema at Glorieta, the Philippines
– As the movie was starting, a fight broke out somewhere on the front rows. The movie was stopped for a moment and the lights came up. The audience were cheering and laughing as the guys who were fighting got kicked out by the security guards. I didn’t know exactly what actually caused the fight, some say they were fighting over seats while some say over a girl. Either way, it was stupid.
– When one of the bad guy from movie said, “she’s gonna f*** you Christine, gonna f*** you!!”, I was smiling. See, I’m used to watching those R rated violent movie when I was a kid on TV or video/VCD. But when it comes to cinema, I’m usually taken to these movies that are considered ‘safe’. So being a 10 year old watching a movie in a cinema with a character saying the F word made me feel ‘cool’. But I found out later that the version I saw in the cinema was an edited PG-13 one. At least they didn’t edit out the F word 🙂
Batman Begins (2005)
Location: Cineleisure at Orchard, Singapore
– While we were waiting for the cinema to open, I notice that almost everyone was looking at me and giggling. Later I realised that I was wearing a black Superman T-Shirt. LOL So there I was in the premiere of a Batman movie wearing a Superman t-shirt. (Note: Just for fun, I’m planning to wear the same black Superman T-shirt when I watch Dark Knight later)
– Before the cinema opened, my friend told me that he was hungry and decided to go down over Burger King to order something to munch. Bringing outside food to the theatre is prohibited so we had to sneak it into the cinema. So preferably you order something small to munch. But here’s the dumbass thing, he came back with a whopper, a drink, chips and some other stuff. Basically, a meal plus extra stuff. How the hell you’re gonna sneak those in?! He was like ‘oh yeah! no outside food, I forgot! Shit! umm..shit! I was hungry!‘. He ended up tucking the food under his shirt. It was hilarious because he was being really obvious and he walked towards the ticket guy awkwardly. The ticket guy obviously knew he was hiding something but just couldn’t be bothered. I think he gave a slight smile I think.
– When Gordon showed Batman the Joker card at the end of the movie, my friend and I said ‘The Joker!’ out loud at the same time. People were looking at us with a ‘well duh!’ look.
– After the movie ended, my friend told me that he was annoyed at the fact that Batman can fly in the movie. I burst out ‘he wasn’t flying! He was gliding!‘. People gave us funny looks and smiled. Embarassing.
Fun with Dick & Jane (2005)
Location: Great World City & Cineleisure at Orchard, Singapore
I saw this movie twice in the theatre; I thought the movie was ‘meh’ on my first viewing and enjoyed it on second viewing. The reason? The audience I saw the movie with.
– A girl invited me to watch the movie with her friends and she’s paying the tickets. Hey it’s free, what the heck I’ll come. The thing was that she chose the wrong time, before midday (around 10- 11 o’clock) on Sunday. The cinema was empty because most people are still sleeping, it’s Lazy Sunday morning!!. Only two rows were filled and this guy in front of me annoyed all of us. He was this fat Chinese guy who laughed out loud at scenes that weren’t meant to be funny. WTF!
– The next week, my cousin came to Singapore for a holiday and she wanted to catch a movie there. My brother decided to pick “Fun with Dick and Jane”. I didn’t want to see it again but who cares, my cousin is paying for all the tickets (see, I’m cheap). Went there with a packed audience and it was a blast. People laughing at the right times and just the fact that you get a different atmosphere when watching a movie with more audience. It actually made the movie funnier.
‘Jangan Pandang Belakang’ (2007)
Location: The Mall, Brunei
First of all, here’s some background or ‘ingredients’:
- It’s at the Mall cineplex, the most popular cinema in my place.
- It’s an Asian horror movie – we’re suckers for horror movies especially Asian horror
- It’s a Malay movie – attracts the masses who are lazy to read Malay subtitles in English movies
So you end up with me sitting in a packed cinema mostly filled by local non-average cinemagoers (you know, the average people who probably don’t go to cinema often). What do you get? The most memorable cinema viewing experience for me in positive and negative way.
– Before the movie starts, a bunch of teenagers at the front rows were making lots of noise. The guys occassionally scared their girlfriends so they could scream out loud (reminded me of that episode of Mr.Bean). This went on for several times early on the movie which annoyed the shit out of all of us in the theatre. We all went from simply ‘ssshhh!’ to insults! 😆 They eventually shut up.
– You know how there are folks who have to explain the story plots to his/her clueless friends while you are watching the movie.There was a guy sitting behind me that did this to his friend but the funny thing was that he got the facts wrong!! For example, in the middle of the movie he pointed out to his friend that the heroine was the dead girl’s best friend. NO!! She was her sister!! wait, her twin sister!! Played by the same actress! We knew that from the beginning!! And there are other plot points that he got wrong too. What a smart ass! Haha! Maybe he was intentionally fooling around with his friend but I doubt it.
– A family sat in front of us including a little girl (probably 3-4 years old). I thought,”wow!! She’s watching a horror film in the cinema at that age!” I didn’t really care about it, it’s her parent’s responsibility not mine. Who knows, maybe the little girl likes horror movies. Anyway, here’s the funny thing, whenever something scary shows up on screen, all the family members decided to ‘protect’ her (eg. the dad closes her ears, the mom closes her eyes, the sister grabbed her arm to comfort her, etc) 😆 Why bother bringing her then! Haha! It was funny and cute at the same time. The little girl actually behaved quite well; she did not cry or whine or anything, she just sat there and watched the movie silently. Maybe she was just terrified and speechless.
– The cameo appearance by a Malaysian actor, Jalaluddin Hassan just brought the house down. His short cameo drew unintentional laughs from us. He’s like, how should I say, the William Shatner of Malaysia. So you get the idea, that charismatic over the top presence
Of course there are more but they are minor things such as the old guy snoring beside me during a midnight screening of Transformers (Coincidently, he snored during the scene where Megan Fox’s character’s criminal past was revealed. I rolled my eyes during that scene because it was a cheap characterization hahah yeah, snoring is indeed the right response) or the time after the Disney’s Hercules movie ended, we stayed at the theatre till they show the movie again coz we missed the first half of the movie.