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I never go to the movie theater 18 23.68%
1-3 26 34.21%
4-6 11 14.47%
7-9 1 1.32%
10-12 6 7.89%
12+ 14 18.42%

That’s a lot more than me. I only go once or twice. Or some years none at all. This year I’ve been to something once so far.

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I would say I go about an average of 20 times a year.

Here are the movies I saw in theaters last year in order:

Free Solo (On New Year's Day)
Green Book
The Ballad of Narayama (Special Classic Screening)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Captain Marvel
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Hated this movie)
Avengers Endgame
And Your Bird Can Sing
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Spider-Man Far From Home
The Irishman (3.5 hours in theaters)
Knives Out (Favorite Movie of the Year)
Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (On Christmas Day)

I also saw a special screening of the movie Harriet with the director for free in a theater.

I like watching movies in theaters. I just wish they weren't so expensive (especially in New York City).

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Machina said:
None. I watch a lot of films but much prefer to watch them in the comfort (and quietness) of my home.

Boo. You better drag your ass to watch my movies in theaters.

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I have seen 2 films in the last 3 years and before that nothing for about 6-7 years in theaters.

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

The last two movies I saw in the theater were Interstellar and The Lion King (with my kids). Hardly ever. I rather watch movies at home.

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It depends. I've used to watch around 10 movies per year earlier but It's just that I rarely find something that interests me nowadays. Last year was a bit better than 2018 I think. I watched:
- John Wick 3
- Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
- Promare

- Joker
- Star Wars 9 (kinda regret it, but considering that I watched all the previous films, I've decided to watch this one as well)

I also watched some 2019 films during the long flight I had for my business trip:

- Avengers: Endgame

- Spiderman: Far From Home

- Alita: Battle Angel

Only liked the last one out of these three


Depends on the year...used to be close to one a week. These days one every other month. Just too busy and oftentimes I can't make it to the theater before the movie leaves. I also dig throwback cinema, so if they've got a great calendar of those I go a ton.

Used to be 3-5 times a year. Since the my twins were born in late 2018, I have not been to the theatre. No idea when I'll get the chance to go again. Maybe when they're old enough.

Once or a twice every month, so I guess somewhere between 16-20 times a year would be accurate.

If you had asked me this in the late 90s, in my teens, I would have said that I averaged probably 30+ movies watched a year. I believe in 1998 I actually saw around 40. Not ALL of them were gems, but the fact of the matter is, movies legitimately WERE a lot better back then. Yes, the CGI has gotten better, and certain filming tech has improved. But the creativity and inspiration certainly hasn't.

In the 2000s, the amount of movies I saw per year started to decline. I'd guess that maybe I saw, on average, 15-20, maybe, in that decade. And it certainly dwindled as the decade went on. And in the 2010s? It just kept declining, to the point that within the last 5-6 years, I think I've legitimately only seen maybe 3-4 movies, if I'm lucky, per year, on average. And I'm sorry to say, several of those were Marvel movies. And that's part of the problem. Disney practically owns the entertainment industry now, and keeps shitting out uninspired sequels, and remakes, and reboots, etc. And people lap that shit up. They keep making it, them AND other studios, because audiences still pay out the ass for these big blockbusters. For all the talk about how _____ film broke a new box office record, that's only because of inflation, and because I honestly feel that modern audiences have been conditioned to get excited for, and go see, these big, hollow "tentpole" releases, regardless of quality. The Disney "Star Wars" films are certainly proof positive of that. Yet the state of the Hollywood and modern film in general? If you ask me, it's pretty goddamn dismal right now.

The truth is, while I don't love having to deal with the inevitable annoying assholes in theaters, talking during the movie, kicking your seat, rustling a plastic box or some or snack loudly, etc, I DO love the movie-going, theatrical experience. For all that can be said for the comforts of home, the POSITIVE parts of the theater experience can't be replaced. However, that is not enough to make me want to see the garbage that Hollywood shovels out each year now. I don't think it's even just a matter of nostalgia, or "things were better when I was younger". I think it's the sad, literal truth, that Hollywood films have absolutely gone sharply downhill within the last 20 years.

The 80s was the high water mark. The 80s legitimately produced some of the very best films, of any genre you could care to mention, in the history of film. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Drama, Comedy, you name it. It isn't just nostalgia. I think the 80s actually produced mega-hits, actual classics, in part because while Hollywood has always been a corporate, money-making machine, back then, they were willing to let people be more creative. They were willing to take more risks, with unproven ideas, with weird ideas, with experiments truly inspired shit. And you got Ghostbusters, you got Terminator, you got Back to the Future, and The Breakfast Club, and Short Circuit, and Rainman, and The Secret of NIMH, and The Black Cauldron, and Uncle Buck, and Big Trouble in Little China, and The Lost Boys, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and The Running Man, etc. etc. etc. Not all of those were big box office hits. But they WERE made, and they were creative, and fresh, and now classics.

The 90s weren't AS high a period, but they were still a very high quality, productive time for film. You look at some of the highest grossing films from the 80s and 90s. You have Indiana Jones, and ET, and Beverly Hills Cop, and Crocodile Dundee, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Ghost, and Forrest Gump, and Titanic, and The Sixth Sense. Then you look at the highest grossing films of the last 10-15 years? It's gotten gross, and unsurprisingly, mostly Disney produced. And if not, STILL sequels or remakes or part of some franchise. If you ask me, the quality has dropped through the floor. We are, in this man's opinion, at the lowest point of quality, for mainstream Hollywood output, since the 1920s. And yes, as a student and lover of film, I am serious. That isn't said to be snobby. It's said because it breaks my heart. I genuinely hope that we see a renaisance at some point, where more films are made outside of what is left of the "Big Studio" system, and we see more films with imagination, and heart, that actually take risks again. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.

For 2020, of the films I'm aware that are coming out this year, I know of two that I want to see. One, The Game Chasers Movies, is indie, and KS funded. The other, Bill & Ted 3, is an unnecessary sequel that I'm hoping isn't as empty and pointless as Dumb & Dumber Too was. And that's basically it. The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson might be something I see, his films have rarely disappointed me, but I'm not excited for it. And as a movie lover, I gotta say...the current state of things really kinda sucks.