Lost at the Movies

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In the chapter, "Lost at the Movies"; pages 113-116, we are introduced to the movie culture. His family went to see Jurassic Park: Lost world and he couldn't believe the thought that was put into the movie. He could not fathom how a huge prehistoric dinosaur could go unseen through a huge city and suburbs. The movie made $92.7 million in the first weekend. Bryson comments "…for all its $100 million-plus budget, contains about $2.35 worth of actual thought…" (114) The movie Speed 2 was created by the directors' dream. He dreamed the ending scene and worked from it backwards, which shows how much thought was put into it. The movies are not as good as they use to be when he was a kid according to Bryson. Not only do you have to pay a ridiculous amount to get in but once you get in then they try to sell you high priced beverages and snacks. He recalls when the big time theatres would have one large screen to show the hottest movie during that time. Bryson comments on the pictures screens "The screen had the dimensions of a large beach towel and was so ill-placed that everyone in the first three rows had to look almost straight up, as if in a planetarium." He also feels the same way towards the sound in the theatres. Bryson's analysis of the movies theatres of today are partly true, while mainly they are inaccurate and do little to show the outstanding qualities of the present American movie theatres.

Bryson does have a point in the fact movies are over priced. This is why movie stars make the money they do. At around seven dollars a ticket and popcorn a drink bumping the tab up to nearly fifteen or twenty dollars, it can get expansive. Most want to see the new movies during matte and pay outrageous money. The best times to go are during the day or whenever nobody really goes to the movies. They are the most expensive when they know people are going at night during the peak times, but who are we kidding this is when we all go. We all hang out with friends at night and on the weekends not during the day when we are at school or our day jobs.

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