Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Dark Day

There is only one thing worse than seeing a bad film and that is sitting through a bad film with the director sat there in an audience of fifteen hardy souls.
Tonight I went to see the Welsh horror/ adventure film The Darkest Day Which is a cheerful little period piece which the programme described thus
"Set in the aftermath of the famous Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793 AD, The Darkest Day sheds some light on the brutal reality of Saxon Britain as a Viking raid chase down a monk protecting a Holy Book"
Hummmmm
I managed 34 minutes of it before I followed another decerning cinema goer and  limboed under the projector and slipped out of the cinema .. We were followed by the usher who was sat next to the door.
He looked upset and stopped both of us by stage whispering
" you both aren't going are you? There is a question and answer session after the film...it sounds very interesting!"
I smiled weakly and said ( I can't quite believe this)
" I couldn't stay late because my dogs needs a walk"
The woman behind me was more direct
" I'm off home......The film's crap" she said shortly
Perhaps if here had been a bit of singing..it would have been better

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  1. You did try to let him down gently. Too bad someone couldn't have told the director before he went to all that trouble.

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    1. the actors are all fake making it less of a stimulating event. LOL! well who said we can't eat popcorn when we watch the wonky wonky fucked up side show. just makes you feel so good to be alive.

      :0)

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  2. LOL OMG!

    I always want to leave the theatre. Been again tonight and half the way through I wanted to leave. we were in the middle seats so we couldn't leave. We must remember not to go again. buy it on dvd

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  3. No shame in walking out of a film. I walked out of 'The Ox', and never looked back. The sound of Swedish children retching on rotten meat rings in my ears to this day.

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    1. It wouldn't be so bad if it was MY rotten meat.

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  4. Hard to come up with something as sensitive as that on the spur of the moment.

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  5. Would have been interesting (maybe) to hear what questions were asked......or maybe not!

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  6. What's shite in welsh?

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  7. I agree with Megan - at least you tried to be gentle about it.

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  8. I think the people who walked out told the director more by not staying, than if they had.
    Happy Friday to you, John!

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  9. I went to see Passchendaele by Paul Gross. I valiantly stayed until the end.Later in the year I met Paul Gross...Chris had to hold me back.
    The film was crap...an insult to the memory of those who fought.
    Jane x

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  10. limboed under the projector

    Another twenty pounds and you can crawl under the seats.

    Good for you.

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  11. Spare a thought for the other 13 hardy souls you left behind - bet they were wishing they had dogs to walk too!!My sister and I went to see a play about Mary, Queen of Scots the other week and come the interval, in the bar, decided not to return to our seats to endure the second half because it was truly and utterly boringly awful. I think Mary would have been proud of us propping up the bar in her honour!

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  12. Always the gentleman, John. x

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  13. Try this for size, John (I am ashamed of myself): Yesterday evening I watched one of the last four Poirot episodes. I love the fastidious Suchet. However, I was dog tired. So - and personally I blame the sofa not the film - I nodded off every so often. Only for a minute here or there. You will lose the plot. One moment there was one dead body, next time you open your eyes there are two. Why? At least the director wasn't in the same room. Talk about "Disaster Film".

    U

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  14. When I was at college I was in charge of booking 'underground movies' for a weekly film club. Boy did I have to sit through some rubbish!!!

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  15. I always think that if I stay just 5 more minutes the movie will get better and then before I know it I've watched the whole thing and I'm so TICKED off at myself. Good for you for leaving. Excuse or no excuse.

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  16. This sounds so bad it might actually have been GOOD (even if unintentionally). You make me want to see it - almost.

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  17. Are you sure it wasn't meant to be a comedy?

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  18. Life's too short to sit through a bad film, play or concert.
    We always try to get seats near the end of the row, just in case.

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  19. At least you went & gave it a try !

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  20. You'll never get back the time you spent watching the first bit, at least you salvaged the rest :-)

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  21. Good for the woman behind you. We could do with more frankness like that. But like you, I'm always compelled to offer some polite lie rather than tell the truth and see the other person cringing.

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  22. If it makes you feel any better I fell asleep during the movie "The Firm" out of sheer boredom and that was considered a Tom Cruise thriller! LOL

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  23. I'm with Jean - life's too short for a bad film - or a bad book, for that matter. So many good ones out there! On to the next one!

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  24. I've just tried to watch this John, you know, to give a genuine perspective and all, and stopped at the scene where the priest get's raped. The film is missing several 'somethings', but yes, mostly some singing. When the bad guys are walking through the forest behind their king, 'Brave Sir Robin' from Monty Python and the Holy Grail came to mind.

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