TheREELaddict: One of the major reasons movies (seen on the big screen) are simply better than TV is immersion. When the lights come down in the theatre, the world around you simply disappears. Your life disappears. Your senses are led away, and whatever you’re watching becomes your world for those two hours. It’s all you see (compliments of a dark theatre and big screen), all you hear (thanks to excellent theatre surround sound), all you feel, all you know. It’s precisely because you give yourself up to film, and because your senses are so immersed in the experience, that you leave yourself open to be so affected by it. It’s why when a movie fails us we’re so often bitterly disappointed. For two hours we forfeited our lives in the hopes that the film would fill the resulting vacuum with something meaningful (whether entertaining or artsy).
For the TV Addict’s rebuttal,
TheTVaddict: In a perfect world, I’d agree with you. But when this TV Addict attends a movie, the world around me fails to disappear thanks to the five morons who still can’t get it through their head to turn off their cell phone, the idiot who can’t live without his Blackberry, the girl who waits until ten minutes into the film to go to the bathroom, the chatty couple behind me and of course, the dreaded loud chewer. Movies used to be a vacation from the everyday. Yet in this modern age of convenience, I find myself spending more time pondering exactly how much money the theatre makes off the $6 bag of popcorn I just bought and why I’m not at home amidst the quiet, comfortable affordability of my glorious HD TV.
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