Today I went to see Terminator Genisys (Terminator 5? Terminator3 v2? Whatever) at the cinema in Oke, after much bus-planning in order to get to the showing and NOT pay for extortionate Taxis to get back.
The film itself was kinda lame, a mixture of heavy CGi with too many fight sequences and not enough intrigue, and far too much sentimentality (as is the way with many movies out right now).
But the actual cinema visit regardless of film is not so good. The showing itself was on at an awkward time, forcing me to wait 40 mins in town regardless of planning buses to reach Oke before the showing.
When paying for my ticket I got the usual annoying spiel from the box office clerk trying to sell me extras, fair's fair it's in his job to do so but I need them to detect in my dialogue choices ("No thanks" being a common feature) that I only wanted to pay for this 1 film.
When you go into the cinema, they all seem to have different seats in each new room/suite I go to. In this case, squared-off double-seater sofas... which at first impressions sounds like it might be comfortable...but is not. The room itself is pitch black between adverts, so it is awkward seeing your seat, or knowing if this cinema room is the one with the pitfalls in the floor nearest the next row's seatbacks.
Once you get into your seat if you are there at the stated film showing time, you must endure 20-30mins of adverts.
I hate adverts of all kinds. So it was annoying when I realised I hadn't brought my earphones along, used to blot out (if only the audio of...) the adverts.
The aforementioned sofas did not fully surround/cocoon me in the same way that regular 1-seater cinema seats do, so I had to sit in an awkward semi-diagonal position. This, for a full 2 hours, affected my back-of-neck muscles badly. The loud speaker system, which in many cinemas has unusually high 'Treble' (high pitched clashy swishy sounds, as opposed to Bass) had a bad effect on my ears compared to how I play loud media at home, which is I guess more bassy and contained. The overdone Treble tends to make fight scenes and gunshots a bit unbearably 'crashing', whereas when I watch this film on DVD/TV in my house, I know even if I turn volume up to max it won't physically degrade/harm my senses.
The result of the seating position and the sound system means that I almost always am greeted by an intense headache when I exit the cinema, which is made worse often by bright sunshine or shaky 1hr bus-rides home afterward.
One more thing, I think being in a cramped room surrounded by a multitude of people breathing for 2-3hrs makes me feel queasy, probably from lack of air and increase of CO2 in that viewing room, if not properly ventilated/cooled.
Going to the cinema.
Watching at home.