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Captain Placid asks: What annoying things do significant others, workmates and other people in general do that drive you up the wall? Do you want to kill your other half over their obsessive fridge magnet collection? Driven to distraction over your manager's continued use of Comic Sans (The Font of Champions)? Tell us.

(, Thu 4 Oct 2012, 12:11)
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Multiplex hell
I've just paid the not-insignificant sum of £38 for my wife, 2 kids and I to go and see Paranorman at the cinema (excellent film btw, just the right mix of darkness and laughs that reminds me of classic kids movies from the 80's).

In the row behind is a group of unsupervised kids who proceed to kick the living shit out of all of our seats for the entire running time. We take issue with this, and raise our grievance to no avail. Strangely the parents of said children are nowhere to be seen.

In front of me, a woman spends the first half an hour merrily texting on her phone with the brightness on full. Again I take issue with this and complain. She apologises, but instead of switching her phone off, she cups one hand over the screen in an attempt to hide the glare. Oddly (in a dark room) this doesn't work and is maddeningly distracting.

I'm a calm man, in fact colleagues and friends often comment on how unflappable I seem. This type of behaviour in the cinema though makes me feel violent like nothing else on earth.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 10:19, 9 replies)
This is why
I save myself £20, and wait for the DVD/Blue ray to be released.

At least if someone's going to talk / text / generally piss me off for the entire 2 hours it takes to watch a film, it's better that it's my daughter who I can banish to the garden.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 10:37, closed)
I tend to wait until the final week of showing
practically empty at that point with no more then a dozen people, also means I can nab a comfy chair for the price of a normal ticket.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 10:48, closed)
I can feel my shoulders rising up when people are chattering during trailers
Not fussed about the multitude of adverts particularly, but on Monday the "rabble" behind us moved back a few seats as they probably saw me twitch a bit... And thankfully when someone shussed them they did shut up. Taken 2's not as bad as reviews make out, but it was always going to be difficult to do anything really good with it.

Worst was in Bristol to watch Kill Bill pt1 where the people behind us kicked the seat of my girlfriend almost constantly, well until I asked th to stop and then my seat became the kicking seat. Again asking nicely - turning round in a darkened room - before again kicking fr multiple angles... Given the film if it had of been the right part it could have created a cheap 4D simulator experience, but it wasn't. They did eventually stop after I launched over half of what was left in my massive cup of Sprite/7Up onto the legs of one of the can-can dancers behind me. There was a cry "it wasn't even me", but it did stop. We of course drive home in our yellow with black stripe Accord come the end of the film (actually it was a green Corsa I think).
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 10:50, closed)
This is the reason we've as good as stopped going to the flix
...apart from just having booked Skyfall at the local Imax in a couple of weeks.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 12:33, closed)
This gets my goat something rotten
If you're not going to watch the film, why the shuddering fuck are you in the cinema in the first place?


Anyway, the oatmeal has the right idea.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 12:55, closed)
Haven't been to the flicks for 5 years at least
Pricing is one issue but mainly it's the fucktards that populate such places. I fear that I'd just go postal.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 14:16, closed)

The cinema remains the only place on earth that I will willingly confront a stranger, regardless of their size.

All my usual sense goes right out of the window with a few kicks to the back of my seat.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 14:37, closed)

It's not just chavs in the multiplex either.

I was once forced to confront two middle-class, middle-aged women at the Royal Festival Hall who thought it was perfectly acceptable to chat all the way through a performance by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 14:56, closed)
Whats a 'cinema'?
you mean the expensive popcorn shop?
(, Wed 10 Oct 2012, 15:40, closed)

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