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(akaRyanHoffman)
12-23-2009, 01:59 AM
made me think about what movies I thought were "great movie-going experiences" from this year:

Here's what I most enjoyed seeing most in the theater this year:

Inglorious Basterds
UP
The Invention of Lying
Drag Me To Hell
Ponyo
Funny People

there ya go.

now let's see yours!

Tom Burgos
12-23-2009, 02:08 AM
For me, great movie experiences are those films that entertain me to no end and stay with me long after I finished watching them; movies that as soon as I walk off the theatre, I want to see them again, and again and again:

STAR WARS:A NEW HOPE
CHICAGO
KILL BILL
AVATAR
TITANIC
BEACHES
MAMMA MIA!
SOUL FOOD
THE GRIFTERS
CASINO
JULIE & JULIA
X2
SPIDER-MAN 2

shoelaceless
12-23-2009, 02:09 AM
Ponyo was definitely my best theater experience this year. It was also interesting being the only person in the theater when I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox (sort of a "be careful what you wish for" situation).

I actually had a pretty great time seeing District 9, but most of that had to do with the rants about how bad it was with my friends afterwards.

(akaRyanHoffman)
12-23-2009, 02:12 AM
I kick myself for not getting around to Fantastic Mr. Fox. Hopefully it'll be playing at the cheap-o theaters during my week-and-a-half off work.

(akaRyanHoffman)
12-23-2009, 02:17 AM
For me, great movie experiences are those films that entertain me to no end and stay with me long after I finished watching them; movies that as soon as I walk off the theatre, I want to see them again, and again and again:

STAR WARS:A NEW HOPE
CHICAGO
KILL BILL
AVATAR
TITANIC
BEACHES
MAMMA MIA!
SOUL FOOD
THE GRIFTERS
CASINO
JULIE & JULIA
X2
SPIDER-MAN 2

Geez Tom, just when I think I understand where your entertainment preferences are, I see The Grifters and Casino on there and I'm lost again.

Foolish Mortal
12-23-2009, 04:14 AM
Star Trek

MabusRex
12-23-2009, 04:19 AM
(500) Days of Summer - Left with a big ol' smile on my face
Star Trek - 4 Times in the theatre? Oh yeah...
G.I. Joe - Not for the quality of the film, but the quality of the riffs my friends and I were able to make during it :)

Fake Pat
12-23-2009, 04:22 AM
Seeing Bruno opening night in a packed house (much like Borat) was a lot of fun.

bartleby
12-23-2009, 04:37 AM
Geez Tom, just when I think I understand where your entertainment preferences are, I see The Grifters and Casino on there and I'm lost again.

I'm more concerned with how he defines "this year."


:)

Doug
12-23-2009, 04:51 AM
I didn't go to too many movies this year, but the ones I had the most fun at were:
Up
Star Trek
Avatar

Fake Pat
12-23-2009, 04:52 AM
District 9 was pretty damn fun by the end as well.

Ultimate Lurker
12-23-2009, 05:21 AM
District 9 was pretty damn fun by the end as well.

Yeah, I really enjoyed this, and also Transformers 2 was a lot of fun at the midnight showing in the big fancy theater. Saw it again later with my wife. The action scenes still looked amazing in the digital theater.

Saw Star Trek twice.

Wish I had seen the new Fast and Furious in the theater. Also wish I saw the Michael Jackson movie.

Zombieland was a great theater movie. Hearing everyone's reactions, lol.

Was underwhelmed by Terminator Salvation and Ninja Assassin. I really enjoyed Ninja Assassin, but didn't feel like the theater enhanced it at all.

dasNdanger
12-23-2009, 05:37 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

The best movie experience for me, ever. It helped to lift me out of a two-year depression, just because I was able to sit there for two hours, my mind totally distracted from my concerns, and enjoy the adventure with this silly ol' grin on my face. I saw it 15 times in the theater, and it was worth every penny.

But it wasn't just me...

I remember one time there was this older guy in the theater, and he laughed so loud and so hard at everything, the entire theater joined in. There were these two old ladies (70s/80s) who came out of the theater once, giggling like silly schoolgirls over 'Captain Jack'. Cutest thing I've ever seen. :) Best audiences I've ever sat with were during this movie - everyone laughed, everyone cheered, everyone clapped...and everyone came out with a big smile on their face. Sure, there were some the movie didn't impress, but - like I said - I saw it 15 times, in at least 4 or 5 different theaters (in different towns), and consistently the theater as a whole was totally taken by this movie. I've never had such an excellent movie experience - not before, and not since.


das

Mark4myself
12-23-2009, 05:44 AM
For me the best experiences were The Hangover, Star Trek, Inglorious Basterds, and just because I saw it in a group and literally laughed out loud at the moment Shia died and went into Transformer heaven I have to say Transformers 2. The movie SUUUUUUCKED but I laughed my ass off and that counts for something.

Worst movie experience by the way was being the ONLY person in the theater watching the matinee of "Curious Case of Benjamin Button"...Surreal and VERY depressing.

yeamon
12-23-2009, 07:10 AM
Roger Ebert opened his film festival (Ebertfest) this past Spring with a Wednesday night showing of Woodstock: The Director's Cut, in a stunning 70mm print with remastered Dolby Surround. Not an empty seat in the theater, and not a hint of all the sappy hippie love-in crap. Just a transcending look through time at a completely-captured event, and tremendous musical performances.

19bernardo87
12-23-2009, 07:16 AM
GI Joe was a great movie experience. We made fun of the flick throughout. =D

Captain Sensation
12-23-2009, 08:02 AM
Star Trek

Rafiennes
12-23-2009, 08:11 AM
Without a doubt ‘Star Trek’. Opening night at the Ziegfeld theater – packed house and everyone was in to the film.

Best movie going experience I’ve had since X2 (also at the Ziegfeld)

Haven’t seen ‘Avatar’ yet and probably by the time I do get to it, the theaters will be empty and that possibility for the movie-going communal experience will be long gone.

Oh, well…

Ryan_ZOOM_Turner
12-23-2009, 08:30 AM
The Hangover was one of the best movie going experiences I had all year at the theatre.

Tom Burgos
12-23-2009, 08:37 AM
I'm more concerned with how he defines "this year."


:)





Dude, I just realized what you meant by that comment!!!! :Oops: :sad:



Anyway...I have seen plenty of films this year that I have loved and enjoyed, but only one has lingered, and made me want to see it again the second the end credits rolled, AVATAR.

CapnChaos
12-23-2009, 09:01 AM
Probably my favorite theater experience was Grindhouse. It was phenomenally fun. My fiance at the time didn't want to see it much and by the end, she was having a blast. She also figured into another great experience which was our going to see Snakes on a Plane on our first "official" date.

Galaxy Quest was great because it just snuck up on me. I had no idea what to expect and it ended up blowing the pleasure center out of the back of my head.

And of course, the Star Wars midnight showings. I went to other midnight showings for things like Lord of the Rings and Spider-Man, but nothing beat the nerd camaraderie of the SW films.

dasNdanger
12-23-2009, 11:01 AM
I totally missed the 'this year' part... :p

For THIS year, Star Trek, hands down.


das

Ryan Elliott
12-23-2009, 11:22 AM
The Hangover and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Kind of crowded theater on the Hangover. I was the only one laughing.

Barely anybody in Mr. Fox. Nobody laughed either.

I hate this city.

Fygar
12-23-2009, 11:22 AM
For this year:

Star Trek
Inglourious Basterds (possibly the best viewing I've had in a theater period)
Paranormal Activity

Previous Years:

Return of the King
Kill Bill Volume 1
King Kong
Eternal Sunshine

NeverWanderer
12-23-2009, 11:28 AM
Over the years, the best movie going experiences for me have been the ones where I'm completely sucked into the film and kind of forget that I'm in a theater.

Jurassic Park
Fellowship of the Ring
The Dark Knight
No Country For Old Men


Of course, there's also the shared experience that can be fun, when the whole audience enthusiastically reacts as one to what's on screen.

Independence Day
Mortal Kombat
Iron Man

...and The Dark Knight, actually... because everyone applauded when the dude put down the detonator.

The Dark Knight is the only one that fits into both categories, strangely.

chazbot
12-23-2009, 11:45 AM
Hmm...not counting midnight movies or Rocky Horror, I'd have to say Pineapple Express was the best movie going experience I had. But that was probably thanks to the Alamo Draft House.
After that, maybe Jurassic Park as a kid.

Ryan Elliott
12-23-2009, 11:45 AM
Over the years, the best movie going experiences for me have been the ones where I'm completely sucked into the film and kind of forget that I'm in a theater.

Jurassic Park
Fellowship of the Ring
The Dark Knight
No Country For Old Men


Of course, there's also the shared experience that can be fun, when the whole audience enthusiastically reacts as one to what's on screen.

Independence Day
Mortal Kombat
Iron Man

...and The Dark Knight, actually... because everyone applauded when the dude put down the detonator.

The Dark Knight is the only one that fits into both categories, strangely.

:rock:

Whip
12-23-2009, 11:54 AM
This year? Avatar and Star Trek. Last year, it was Dark Knight.

WhindamPryce
12-23-2009, 11:55 AM
This year? Star Trek and Avatar.

Wigner's Friend
12-23-2009, 12:14 PM
The greatest movie going experience I had this year was seeing a 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen. I've seen it at least a dozen times already, but the size of the screen and clarity of the print opened David Lean's mastery of capturing the desert so much better.

THWIP!
12-23-2009, 02:02 PM
This year I remember walking out of the movie theater really happy when I saw...
Basterds
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation
2012

My favorite all time movie experience was Grindhouse. Saw that 3 weekends in a row.

Simps
12-23-2009, 02:18 PM
The Hangover was one of the best movie going experiences I had all year at the theatre.

Me too, especially thanks to an early 21+ screening at the Arclight Hollywood the night before the movie came out, which meant drinking good beers during the movie, in one of the best theaters in the country.