Film Junk Podcast Episode #596: Patriots Day

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0:00 – Intro
15:00 – Review: Patriots Day
55:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Operation Avalanche, Eddie the Eagle, The Accountant, Live By Night, The Girl with All the Gifts, Don’t Think Twice, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)
1:44:30 – Junk Mail: Assigned Seating Horror Story, Aging Wine, Winter-Themed Movies, Directors Who Star in Their Own Movies, U.K. Criterion Releases, Letterboxd Year in Review, Demo Discs for Surround Sound Systems
2:29:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:32:30 – Outro

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  • pcch7

    And I agree with him, if you go and take a seat right away with no respect whatsoever of other people. It’s like taking someone elses food in a restaurant just cause you’ve ordered the same dish. If you don’t like the rules, go to a theatre that doesn’t have assigned seating

  • pcch7

    And when it’s assigned seating it’s proof of which seat is yours, how else could there be any order. So it’s quite important in the whole situation I’d say

  • Jay Cheel

    Well then deal with the tall guy next time. It’s your fault for choosing a bad seat.

  • pcch7

    I did. I waited until the room had filled up then slid into an empty seat next to mine

  • Jay Cheel

    And when it isn’t assigned seating, it’s proof that you paid to gain entry into the film.

    I’m not entering this feedback loop.

  • Jay Cheel

    I hope you were able to sleep at night.

  • pcch7

    Haven’t watched it in a while but I seem to remember Underworld having really good picture and audio as well

  • pcch7

    Like a baby, knowing that I didn’t fuck anyone else over for my own selfishness

  • Jay Cheel

    Until it happens that one time when you take the seat of someone who shows up late and you RUIN THE MOVIE FOR EVERYONE.

  • So you can park sideways? Park directly behind or in front of someone? Or park right next to them so they can’t open their door? Or how about just pull up on the slab at the concession stand? Maybe in Canada they let you scatter like the wind and do whatever you want like a Brian Trenchard-Smith film but everywhere else they assign parking spots to maximize traffic flow. There’s actual design that goes into the process, you can borrow one of my SMPTE manuals if you want.

  • Jay Cheel

    Just to be clear — seeing as you’re playing some weird moral high ground here — I’m arguing that the rules of assigned seating over complicate the movie going experience, PARTICULARLY when you frequent the cinemas on Sunday matinees when the theatre is 1/4 full.

    I’m not suggesting people revolt. I’m saying following these useless rules in a 1/4 empty theatre is RETARDED.

  • pcch7

    Then I’ll apologize and move back to my seat. And I wouldn’t ruin anything as I literally moved one seat to the side. You are actually defending breaking rules here, you realise that right? How about speeding, lets all just drive at whatever speed we like huh? Like I said, if you don’t like assigned seating, go to a theatre that doesn’t have it then. Or deal with it, it’s not the end of the world buddy =)

  • Jay Cheel

    I would think a parking lot with assigned spaces versus one without would be the better comparison, but to each his or her own.

  • pcch7

    How is it weird to simply follow the rules in place?

  • pcch7

    And I’ve said, you can just wait til everyone’s shown up if it’s that empty.

  • Jay Cheel

    Is assigned seating law in Sweden? Or have you just conveniently thrown aside the difference between rules and the law here?

  • Jay Cheel

    Okay, look forward to concerning myself with that every time i enter a 1/4 full theatre.

  • pcch7

    There is assigned seating in every cinema I’ve been in

  • pcch7

    Yeah it’s a huge concern lmao

  • Jay Cheel

    And you receive a monetary fine when you break that rule? To do you face greater consequences if you break the assigned seating rule a certain number of times? Could this lead to jail time?

    What I’m saying is speeding is not a great example for this argument.

  • Jay Cheel

    Yes, about as much a concern as sitting in a number seat when 350 other seats are empty.

  • pcch7

    Ok then don’t. But don’t complain when the person who has payed for that seat shows up. You have no legs to stand on

  • You can swap your seats with reserved seating ya diaper baby.

  • pcch7

    You must see how that’s a dick move surely Cheel?

  • Theatres allow you to swap seats if there are seats available. Let’s keep to the main point of discussion, your a selfish prick and Frank is the worst theatre employee ever.

  • Jay Cheel

    I don’t think you understand this argument. I’m listing reasons why assigned seating sucks. I’m not leading a revolt to take any seat you want and fuck everyone in the process.

    Everything we are talking about is why I don’t like assigned seating. DONE.

  • Jay Cheel

    I understand. I have been talking about swapping seats this entire time. My problem is that no matter what seat you swap to, there’s concern that someone will come in and claim it.

    IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE FOR AN EMPTY THEATRE. DONE.

  • pcch7

    I understand it quite clearly. I’ve already said why it doesn’t suck. You can pre-order a ticket and pick exactly where you want to sit. You know the movie isn’t gonna be sold out when you show up, some of us have to drive over an hour to get to the theatre so that’s nice to know.

  • pcch7

    They’re both rules. And they’re not meant to be broken. The punishment doesn’t matter, it’s the principal of knowingly breaking a rule and in this case being upset because someone pulled you up on it

  • Jay Cheel

    I see, so you’re saying you sit in your assigned movie theatre seat for the same reason you don’t murder people. It’s just the rule.

  • pcch7

    I have morals that keep me from murdering and taking other people’s seats and we like to follow rules here in general. That’s how I’ve been raised.

  • Jay Cheel

    “I have morals that keep me from murdering and taking other people’s seats”

    Thanks, that’s a great line.

  • That concern exists in non-reserved seating theatres too. You can move and Halyard can sit next to you with his snap peas and you have to listen to him eat all show. Move again and 9′ tall Frank can sit in front of you. Reserved seating has nothing to do with that, that is the risk in any theatre.

  • Jay Cheel

    I’m talking about the specific seat I swap to. As in, I swap to another seat and somebody walks in and says “That’s the seat I paid for.” Not realizing they could just sit anywhere if it weren’t for this stupid rule.

  • You don’t need the email for your LetterBoxd year in review. Just go to your profile and it’s there for pro members.

  • The way to purchase movie tickets has changed. Now the value is placed on people who buy early, suck it up and deal.

  • It appears that Letterboxd sent out emails to all non-pro users with some abbreviated stats for their year, in order to tantalize them into going pro. None of the FJ guys are pro users…which is the biggest FJ scandal that no one ever talks about…

  • I just realized that. I’m not sure I can actually even listen to this podcast for a few weeks now to get the bad taste out of my mouth.

    I will grant that they have a huge listenership and they do shill for LetterBoxd quite a bit – I think I’m on there because I found out about it through this show (and I’m pro). So you could make the argument that they provide a lot of free advertising for LetterBoxd.

    Still, for as much as you guys use this service, how are you not at least pro members!? I’m considering going Patron just for the backdrop and access to the Android app (and the iOS app if I had an iPhone).

  • Tim

    BUT also the wisest and most knowledgeable theatre employee ever!

  • Dstrbpx

    The naked truth is that both Jay and Frank represent highly neurotic cases of being an only child which includes extreme selfishness.

  • frankw35

    Wine Junk!

  • Indianamcclain

    Might pick it up for the right price then.

  • Sam

    Yeah it’s something I noticed quite a while ago and never quite understood of why they haven’t bothered to get it. The yearly stats are something I click on pretty often. I’m not even sure what additional perks are unique to Pro compared to free, but how cheap it is, the stats alone are a fun perk.

  • Sam

    Parking space = seat. What you’re describing would be the equivalent of letting everyone just sit or stand around wherever they’d like inside a theater, seat or not.

    Assigned parking spaces would be the equivalent of assigned seating which I’ve never been to drive-in with assigned parking spots.

  • Lori Cerny

    I would love for Reed to do a dramatic reading of the debate (see below) over assigned seating.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

  • Lori Cerny

    BUT, when Pixar does the same thing, it’s lauded, isn’t it?

    The article’s author, Calum Marsh, has never heard of a metaphor.

  • Sam,
    Large event parking is true assigned seating, whether it be for drive-ins, theme parks, sporting events, concerts or inaugurations. You enter and they direct you to an exact spot and you aren’t allowed to go anywhere else.
    They do this because when you start dealing with large amounts of people (the giant drive-ins would hold up to 3K cars – so somewhere around 10K people and they have ~45 minutes to do it) it is all about maximum efficiency and getting crowds settled as fast as possible and maximizing traffic flow when people enter and exit the venue. This has been industry standard for something like 70 years.

  • Sam

    I’ll admit I definitely don’t have the drive-in experience as maybe you or the Film Junk guys, but I’ve been taking my kids the last couple years to two different local drive-ins here in southern California, and both here at least don’t give any direction to where to park outside of telling you which theater area to go to see the correct movie. You simply drive in to correct theater lot and then park wherever you’d like.

    I do get what you’re saying about guiding to a specific spot, as I experience that whenever I go to Angels baseball game here, but it’s nothing like that at the drive-ins that I go to at least. I’ll concede we likely have different experiences.

  • I realize I’m joining this fun discussion a bit late, but I just wanted to give the perspective of another swede. The biggest cinema chain in Sweden (which nearly has a monopoly) only offers assigned seating in their cinemas, so I guess that’s why we’re so used to it. Some independent cinemas I’ve been to don’t have assigned seating. I haven’t had the unfortune to run in to any of the problems described here (except that someone’s been sitting in my seat once or twice, but then I’ve just told them and they just moved), but I would still say I prefer to be able to reserve my seat. The main reason is that then I’m sure I will get the exact seat I want. (If I make a plan to go I want to get my favorite seat). If I just go on the spur of the moment, I just pick a seat when I get there.
    If I can’t reserve the seat when making the plan I get nervous I’ll get a bad seat and feel compelled to get there extra early, but if my seat is reserved I can just show up when the movie starts.

  • No one important

    I never sit in my assigned seat. When the employee asks me where I’d like to sit I say.. “in a seat”. When I go to the cinema I just want to be as far away from other people as possible so that’s where I gravitate to. There is no guarantee that if I chose an isolated area that someone won’t purchase a ticket next to me after I have assigned my own.

    Regarding the guy who lost his ticket. Assigned seating would be perfect in this scenario. What he should have done. Demand the employee to run off a list of all the patrons sitting in the cinema at that session and then he could prove that he purchased a ticket because there would be an empty seat assigned to his ticket.

    But the whole concept of assigned seating sucks. Just because it’s a rule doesn’t mean it should be respected. Here in Australia same sex marriage is illegal, yet heterosexual attention seeking fuck wits can get married at first sight for a fucking tv show. I should respect such a rule?