Am I too old to watch movies?

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11 years 10 months ago #24095 by Rod Brown
This is mainly for the over 60s and holders of Winnie's Gold Card ha ha.

Now I know my eye sight and hearing aren't as good as they used to be but it seems that most of the new movies which come out are very dis jointed, a bit weird, include flash backs, parts filmed in half light I can't see, whispering and mumbling I can't understand, a story line hard to follow etc etc that after often watching for over an hour I still can't get into them or get the proper gist, if I persevere till the end 1/2 of it may fall into place but it becomes a painful exercise. (Last nights DVD was Shutter Island) Not to mention in the action movies 500 shots are fired and no one gets killed!

I have no trouble following documentaries and such like or the movies of old. I am very focused but not a multi-tasker, can that be my problem?

Am I losing it or have I lost it? [:I]

Now sold block, of no fixed abode, building new house. Darling wife has passed 1 year ago.

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11 years 10 months ago #341423 by Stikkibeek
Your problem is by no means limited to the over 60's. We watched Babel last night on Tv and apart from it jumping from Morocco to Japan, to Mexico in an apparently disjointed fashion, with flash backs and voice overs as well as English subtitles, if one began to understand the rifle had to be the connecting factor, then the Mexican aspect seemed unrelated, especially at the end. There the possibility of voluntary deportation seemed inconclusive in light of the phone call from the Moroccan hospital. It had a TV guide 4 star rating, but I would be hard pressed to give in 1. Certainly left me wondering why I bothered.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 10 months ago #341429 by Ghilly
It's the film makers trying to out do each other. The more they use special effects the more blah it gets. They go for the 'wow' factor and leave out the story.

Most times the music over rides the script so no matter how hard you listen all you can hear is the soundtrack. Happens on TV a lot. We hardly ever go to the movies. I was shouted to the Toy Story 3 movie in 3D. Two tickets, one small popcorn, a small bottle and L&P and a bottle of water, plus the $1 each for the special glasses, $55

It was a treat, it was the first 3D movie I'd seen, can't say that a lot was to be gained by seeing it in 3D but it was a good fun movie.
Last movie was 'The curious case of Benjamin Button..... 2 and 3/4 hours long, had a huge section that wasn't really all that relevant to the movie, my bum was numb and I was bored and just wished they'd get on with it.
No intermission, no chappy with an icecream tray, no hustling as the snack bar to stock up on lollies or whatever.... a 2 hour movie, ok but for one this length... maybe they need to keep it rolling so people aren't inclined to get up and leave at half time? I know they ditched the intermission years ago but for something this length....
I just felt the director got carried away and turned it into a 'Shaggy Dog' story.

For those of you who think Toy Story is just for kids.... it has a lot of adult interest and I'm not talking X rated. Some of the jokes would be over any average childs head. The remark in the first Toy Story about Buzz sitting at a 'tea party' and wearing a posh ladies hat and "sucking down darjeeling with Marie Antionette and her sister" (two dolls with no heads cos the little girls brother 'tortured toys') How many young kids would know about Marie Antionette (sp)?

I prefer the old movies anyway. The long long trailer with Lucy and Desi. That is very funny!

Yakut

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11 years 10 months ago #341437 by Sweetpea

Stikkibeek;329764 wrote: Your problem is by no means limited to the over 60's. We watched Babel last night on Tv and apart from it jumping from Morocco to Japan, to Mexico in an apparently disjointed fashion, with flash backs and voice overs as well as English subtitles, if one began to understand the rifle had to be the connecting factor, then the Mexican aspect seemed unrelated, especially at the end. There the possibility of voluntary deportation seemed inconclusive in light of the phone call from the Moroccan hospital. It had a TV guide 4 star rating, but I would be hard pressed to give in 1. Certainly left me wondering why I bothered.

I know!! What on Earth was going on with that film? I did make all the connections in the end (the Mexican woman was Pitt and Blanchets nanny who was an illegal and had taken the children with her to a family wedding and was trying to get back Stateside, but I have no clue what the point of any of that plot line was) but it was painful getting there, and what was the deal with the deaf-mute Japanese girl? I was annoyed with myself, as I felt compelled to keep watching in case it all became clear, but I really could have done with an early night.

(Edited for spelling due to my not having an early night)

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11 years 10 months ago #341440 by Stikkibeek

Allisonwonderland;329778 wrote: I know!! What on Earth was going on with that film? I did make all the connections in the end (the Mexican woman was Pitt and Blanchets nanny who was an illegal and had taken the children with her to a family wedding and was trying to get back Stateside, but I have no clue what the point of any of that plot line was) but it was painful getting there, and what was the deal with the deaf-mute Japanese girl? I was annoyed with myself, as I felt compelled to keep watching in case it all became clear, but I really could have done with an early night.

(Edited for spelling due to my not having an early night)

Yes, I figured that Amelia was the nanny, and I got them taking the kids to Mexico for the wedding, but when her nephew did the runner, I found it hard to believe that the children weren't put into some kind of care while they waited for their parents to return. And just who was the man who picked her up at the border crossing. OH reckoned it was her son that got married, but it can't have been. It would only make sense if it was a lawyer come to get her, as she answered the phone in the "Pitt" household later and the children were there.

I think the relevance for the Japanese deaf mute, was that she wanted love, and didn't care where she got it from. I expect that her busy father ordered her about, but didn't show much love. She missed her mum and made up the story about her mother jumping, to get the detective's sympathy after the party pills failed to work.
I was left wondering if the mother killed herself with that gun, hence the Jap man giving it away, and I jumped to the conclusion that it was a suicide note she gave the detective, but no!

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 10 months ago #341441 by hogiehorse
I agree about Babel. Big disappointment.

Anyway, if you want weird, disjointed, flashbacks etc.etc. then "Inception" is the movie to top it all. Big box office sci-fi hit at the moment. Leonardo DiCaprio is the main star.

I am just a couple of years off 60 and got ambushed into going to "Inception" last week with an older friend. It took me about 20 minutes into the film to start getting the gist of it. When I mentioned this to my friend at the end of the movie, she said she still had not got the gist of it. I recommended to her that she read the Wikipedia data on it and it might help her understand!

Hogiehorse
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11 years 10 months ago #341446 by Sweetpea

Stikkibeek;329781 wrote: It would only make sense if it was a lawyer come to get her, as she answered the phone in the "Pitt" household later and the children were there.

Ah, I missed that bit, my wee fella was demanding a feed.

Stikkibeek;329781 wrote: I was left wondering if the mother killed herself with that gun, hence the Jap man giving it away, and I jumped to the conclusion that it was a suicide note she gave the detective, but no!

I did too.

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11 years 10 months ago #341449 by Rod Brown
That is good to know, we taped Babel but will rub it out and not bother!

Good to know others are experiencing my problem also!

Now sold block, of no fixed abode, building new house. Darling wife has passed 1 year ago.

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11 years 10 months ago #341451 by jeannielea
Its one thing not to figure movies out, I find there are heaps of TV ads that appear to me to have no meaning at all let alone relevance to the thing they're advertising! And they are only a minute or two long!!

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11 years 10 months ago #341465 by DiDi
Replied by DiDi on topic Am I too old to watch movies?
Rod - no you are normal for those of us who are getting older (not that I have hit the 60 mark yet) but my eyes started to go in my 40's. My children insist I am as deaf as a post as I have the TV turned up louder than they need (because the ads are turned up so much that even I turn them down!) - BUT a hearing test confirmed I only have slight loss of hearing in one ear. I'm being far too serious in this reply but I believe that we have different hearing ability in certain sound registers in out ears. People don't believe me but I can't understand a word the queen says (I'm Kiwi born) and if I get a foreign accent on the phone, I have learnt to say " I'm partially deaf - please speak slowly". Now that could be a malfunctioning brain (laugh) that needs clarity of understanding but no - I'm not considered special needs by any stretch of the imagination!

Quick comment too is that when I needed glasses but didn't recognise it, as a total bookworm, I lost interest and unknowingly the ability to read for any length of time so lost the enjoyment I had in books.

Here is the comment you will not want to hear. Get your eyes and hearing tested! Are you "being a bloke?"

I have a few men in my social circle who would not be seen in glasses for love nor money - nor hearing aids. That is when you are old! Given that one I am thinking of is just pre 50, drop dead gorgeous looking guy who still looks at 25 year olds as if he had a chance and the other in his 6o's who also looks at 25 year olds as if he had a change (ooops - both single and not rich!), you want, as a woman friend, to wring their necks. Besides Gok says glasses are sexy!

I know others are complaining about the films and presumably younger than you or I but (being open to others opinions) believe that we lose interest in what we historically loved and enjoyed if it is to hard an ask. Now if we could just get those idiots who make films to turn down the accompanying music or sound effects! What do you think?

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11 years 10 months ago #341498 by Stikkibeek

Didi: I have a few men in my social circle who would not be seen in glasses for love nor money - nor hearing aids. That is when you are old! Given that one I am thinking of is just pre 50, drop dead gorgeous looking guy who still looks at 25 year olds as if he had a chance and the other in his 6o's who also looks at 25 year olds as if he had a change (ooops - both single and not rich!), you want, as a woman friend, to wring their necks. Besides Gok says glasses are sexy!


My MIL is like that. She won't use a walking stick even though she broke her hip a few years ago, has cataracts and finds it hard to distinguish levels, especially where concrete meets asphalt, so she steps cautiously over those. Her rationale is that walking sticks are only for old people and her vanity will not allow her to look old...

Oh did I tell you she's 96?:rolleyes:

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 10 months ago #341500 by Sweetpea
My Dad finally gave in and got glasses when it got to the point that he could no longer hold the newspaper far enough away to be able to read it. If he'd had extraordinarily long arms, a la Mr Tickle from the Mr Men, he'd have carried on without glasses [:o)]

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11 years 10 months ago #341505 by DiDi
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LOL stikkibeak - I was focused on men in this reply but you are right - women can be far too vain for their own good as well. Just as well I am happy to be single and not give a damn if a guy is put off by a few wrinkles and glasses - their loss!!!!!

Just wish guys understood the value of an intellectual relationship but alas that is too far fetched when there are women out there prepared to sleep with married men, men who are in a relationship etc. In my day that made you second hand rose/slag meaning if you were not No 1 then you had no respect for yourself (let alone the wife/partner and children whose lives you were destroying for a bonk or money if they had any?) What happened to the historical morals that we lived out lives with - including eye site loss and hearing loss? Laugh. Viagra and unrealistic self image maybe?

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11 years 10 months ago #341524 by Pumpkingirl

Stikkibeek;329781 wrote: ... as she answered the phone in the "Pitt" household later and the children were there.

But that was another flashback - even though it was at the end of the movie, timeline-wise that phone call was before the Nanny left to go to the wedding, got caught etc. The last scene with the Nanny, she is still in Mexico and her son hugs her.

Stikkibeek;329781 wrote: I was left wondering if the mother killed herself with that gun, hence the Jap man giving it away, and I jumped to the conclusion that it was a suicide note she gave the detective, but no!

The movie notes (I had to read them!) state the note is left unexplained to everyone, so you are left to guess what it was.

It was a stupid movie, and I usually like Cate Blanchett movies.

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11 years 10 months ago #341527 by Pumpkingirl
I'm lucky to be young enough to have perfect hearing and perfect eyesight but watching my parents, I know it's only a matter of time.

However, my frustration in trying to deal with both of them - both in denial about their hearing in particular - means when it comes time to get glasses and hearing aids, I'll be bloody getting them. It is so annoying having to repeat everything, when I make a special effort to face them, to enunciate, to speak slowly.

So it works both ways people :D :D It can be just as annoying for the young whipper snappers as it is for the more "experienced" adults.

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