Survey and Forum Data


Before then, we plan to post more detailed results in the near future. Respondents have resoundingly agreed with me on the lack of quality of today’s American films. Most do not let that stop them from going to the movies as often as they usually do, although many of you have said that the frequency of your attendance is less than in years past. As far as your tastes in films as well as other entertainment – your responses were about as diverse as possible.

What Did You Think?
Generally you did not object to sequels, prequels as much as you did to remakes. I agree with you that some of the remakes of the last half dozen years or so have been – in some cases – of poor original films. Not only did most of you not mind adaptations, over half the respondents expressed curiosity to view the original film or TV program. The frequency of the same actors showing up on screen also bothered about a third of you, but as with most of my “Questions” – so long as the quality of the films are high, you all did not really mind.

Your requests to producers most often reflected the desire for new, less predictable storylines. You have strong desires to see foreign films. Those of you who often view foreign films admit that on few occasions, you pass on foreign films for not wanting to read subtitles. I’ll admit, after a long work week, I am hesitant to “read” a film, but I do not hesitate to see foreign films otherwise. Letterboxing is never a problem, but dubbing always is!

Most of you did not want to see short films before features, but would not object to short film programs being offered at your local cinema. Objections to what is shown before features included commercials and too many previews. I must add that commercials and other advertising have generated great amounts of income for theaters, keeping the cost of a movie ticket down, and allowing some theaters to remain in business.

Your objections to unwanted experiences in theaters were rude moviegoers who talk during films and who handle electronic devices whose noises and light conflict with your attempts to concentrate on the film’s action and dialogue. Latecomers who walk into theaters also drew ire in your emails. I suggest trying to show up to the ticket-taker about 10 minutes before your film is about to begin. I live in NYC, and I always get a perfectly good seat.

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Louis Menchise