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The Town

The Town is the latest film directed by Ben Affleck (after Gone, Baby, Gone which I still haven't seen.) Affleck plays a bank robber who checks up on a potential witness (a woman they took as a hostage - Rebecca Hall) and finds himself falling in love with her.

It has some wonderful performances - even Affleck himself isn't too bad (I think he may be a better writer/director than actor), great location work (you do get a sense of the city of Boston and what makes it different from other US cities) and an engaging plot. It just wasn't anything especially outstanding.

The one issue I had with the experience was nothing to do with the film but everything to do with the cinema. I don't think I've seen a film at the "Event" Cinemas in George Street that hasn't been off-frame or out of focus or otherwise sloppily projected. I put up with a sliver of the top part of the frame appearing at the bottom, because it can take ages to find someone who can actually get into the projection booth to fix the problem. I put up with it, because there was always the possibility of making it worse.

I'm sick of huge cinema chains that are happy to take our money but don't feel they are in anyway required to supply a commensurate amount of service. I guess I'll just have to stick to the smaller cinemas from now on, and catch up with what I'm interested in the larger cinemas on DVD. It's just not worth going to Event Cinemas any more.

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Event/Greater Union are the worst - I never go to any of their cinemas any more.

I hate the whole experience of going to the movies these days. Sick of all the rude bogans in the audience, sloppy projection and how much it all costs. Waiting for the DVD and watching the flick on the plasma is much more enjoyable all round.

You left out mentioning BluRay - Rob wouldn't have let that opportunity go.

I still like the cinema experience (diminished as it is) as Norton St (our local) isn't so bad - less rude bogans and more effete inner-west snobs (and old people.)

But yeah, they're hardly encouraging people to leave the house to watch films anymore.

I miss those quaint little boutique cinemas. its all bogan fare down here

But you have your own boutique cinema in your lounge room.

Astor all the way for me in Melbourne. You get a big old-style cinema (with only one screen - how quaint) a good mix of new and older films and the best choc tops in town.

Still haven't told me what's on whilst I'm down there.

New calendar has just been released.

Friday 10th is 'The People That Time Forgot' with Cinema Fiasco (the live commentary people).

Saturday is 'The Social Network' + 'Easy A' (but we'll be at our play)

Sunday afternoon is Doris Day in 'Calamity Jane' + Judy Garland in 'Meet Me in St Louis'.

Sunday night is a Woody ALlen double - 'Hannah & Her Sisters' + 'Stardust Memories'.

Drat. I wish I was coming down now. Sunday arvo/night could have been fun.

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