While I’m off listening to Negativland, my darling girlfriend and a buddy will be seeing Hairspray. While I’m fond of musicals I draw the line at spending money to see whacko John Travolta offend my sense of irony. Trying to avoid indirectly supporting cults isn’t the only reason to avoid our area theaters either – there’s the whole insane level of copyright enforcement that’s come to our area as well.
In fairness to the MPAA, I normally believe that harassing us legit customers – by doing things like demonizing my cell phone because it has a camera in it – is pretty pointless, given that someone who would watch a crappy hand-held camera capture with bad sound isn’t ever going to spend $9 to see your movie in the theater anyway. However in this case we’re talking about the Transformers movie, which even in full quality is an aural assault with jerky video that’s hard to make out, so perhaps Jhannet could actually have sold that video clip. Plus, if anything would cost the industry money it’s letting people who might have spent cash to go see that in the theater know what they’d be paying to see while they can still get away.
Or maybe we should just all avoid the Ballston mall theater from now on and go somewhere that is spending more time trying to make the experience positive for us and less looking for non-existant boogeymen. Max and some of our commenters have suggestions of other possible places to see movies in the area.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs