Baffling Behavior at the Movies (01-29-09)
I don't go to the movies at the theater all that often anymore. And one of the biggest reasons is that I'm sick and tired of being annoyed and distracted by all the people who just can't shut up or can't tear themselves away from their cell phones for even the measly two hours it takes to sit through a movie.
Do these constant talkers actually think no one else in the theater can hear their blathering nonsense?
And enough with the cell phones, already! Why pay good money and go to all the trouble of actually coming to a theater to see a movie on the big screen when the only screen you're going to pay any attention to is the little one on your phone? Why do I care? Because while you're mindlessly texting, your little screen is distracting me and other people around you.
But I did go to a theater last weekend - saw Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino - and I have to say virtually everyone in the audience behaved themselves. No loud talking. No texters. No ringing cell phones.
I'd like to think that means the epidemic of bad behavior just might be easing up. But I'm afraid it probably had more to do with the fact that Eastwood's target audience still remembers a day when rotary dials - and common courtesy - were still in vogue.
I'd like to think I'm wrong about that. But I'll bet I'm not.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.