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Old 04-25-2010, 01:44 AM
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Thursday right after college brought home Avatar but couldn't watch it that night because I had to wake up at 4:30am for college, and couldn't watch it Friday night because I DJ'd for a party and was exhausted from a nearly 24 hour busy day, so today I got my brand new Blue-Ray player set-up and everything, and my dad comes out wondering if we're going to watch it tonight... here's my problem...

I can't really watch the movie with other people unless they're just in love with the movie as I am... which is why I can't wait for the Southern Californian Avatar Retreat, and I would watch this movie with any of you in a heartbeat. I just don't really think I can watch it with my dad... the experience won't be the same and I'll feel as if it'll never be the same. Same goes for my mom, she wants the family to come over and watch the movie together (she and the rest of the family has never seen the movie) and the problem with them is they talk through any movie, and I'll know for a fact they'll talk through this one. Also my friends want to have a movie night and watch it together... I can't do it. I'm sure a lot of you are thinking, "Your such a baby, just watch it with them" thats the problem I'll just watch it with them... I want to experience the movie!

Any advice you could give as to avoid these problems?
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:57 AM
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Went through this last night, my mom I had to get on to a few times. My dad (who I am very much like) hasnt seen the movie before, and he ALWAYS jokes the entire movie when we watch things.

Though when we watched Avatar he was silent the entire time except for one point he got confused about the cyro. We talked a good 30 min about little things after the movie together XD so I know he really likes it. Not as much as me ofcourse but it was cool.

My point is, maybe you should give them a try and they may surprise you. What I would do is atleast with your parents, let them know that you dont want the discrations while you are getting everything set up. Explain its a movie that needs all concentration of the viewer. Than after this viewing if they talk to much you can let them know you just cant watch it with them cuz they ruin it LOL
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:58 AM
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Ahh, we share a similar predicament Stanley. I too have friends who I would like to watch it with, but I know would talk through a lot of it, potentially ruining a viewing

The only advice I can offer you is either to watch it both with your family and then again on your own or before you put it on, express to all of your family that you really, really want to enjoy this film and that could they please not talk through any part of it until it's finished.

It may not work, but you might be pleasantly surprised at how many people enjoy it and maybe they'll be as absorbed as you. If not, it doesn't matter... what harm did another viewing do to anyone?
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:59 AM
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stanley, to be honest I think you may have to take one for the team and just watch it with them
I know it may marr your view of it but isn't that better than breaking relationships? Either that or let them down lightly, 'Mom, Dad, we can't watch this together. It just wasn't meant to be. It's not you, it's me. I'm sorry'
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:27 AM
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Try watch it together, if you feel like things are going wrong for you just quietly excuse yourself from the rest of the movie. But maybe your family will experience Avatar the same way you did and it would be a shame to pass that up
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:00 AM
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I can't really watch the movie with other people unless they're just in love with the movie as I am... which is why I can't wait for the Southern Californian Avatar Retreat, and I would watch this movie with any of you in a heartbeat. I just don't really think I can watch it with my dad... the experience won't be the same and I'll feel as if it'll never be the same. Same goes for my mom, she wants the family to come over and watch the movie together (she and the rest of the family has never seen the movie) and the problem with them is they talk through any movie, and I'll know for a fact they'll talk through this one. Also my friends want to have a movie night and watch it together... I can't do it. I'm sure a lot of you are thinking, "Your such a baby, just watch it with them" thats the problem I'll just watch it with them... I want to experience the movie!

Any advice you could give as to avoid these problems?
I know exactly what you mean. (As usual, someone on ToS is busy reading my mind. ) Don't worry, you're not a baby. I find it irksome when people talk through movies no matter what, unless they're really bad movies. I too don't think I could watch Avatar with anyone else (except maybe people from ToS).

I'm not sure what to advise, but you may want to give watching it with your family a shot. There's a chance they'll fall in love like we did -- and if they don't, you can always watch it again, properly, on your own. I'd probably think up some pleasant ways to tell your friends and family to keep it down (maybe joke about how you didn't buy a Blu-Ray player to listen to the awesome sound quality of your friends goofing off ), but that really depends on who's watching it with you and how they'll take it.

Are you concerned about your friends and family ruining one particular viewing, or that the entire movie will be ruined forever? (If it's the latter -- wow, your friends must provide a really snarky running commentary! ) You may be able to detach yourself from this particular viewing enough that the other people watching with you don't ruin it -- I don't know if that's even possible, though...

(I'm lucky in being able to avoid this predicament by not having a copy of the movie yet. iTunes hasn't released an HD version of Avatar -- and they've removed all the comments clamoring for the HD version... )
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:19 AM
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You just need a proper home theater setup. You could try to talk all you wanted while I was watching the blu-ray, I couldn't hear you and you probably couldn't hear yourself

But seriously, I would watch it alone the first time at least, if that's at all possible. I would also be honest with them. Just tell them how important the film is to you, and to please respect that.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:06 AM
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Please don't spoil the movie, by adding your own soundtrack. Sorry, I had to. .

Well, I've seen Avatar in the theaters multiple times, once with my dad and twice with my mom. (I'm cool like that)

My dad was blown away, he couldn't believe it, he was flabbergasted. But I think he left it at that. He thought it was a phenomenal movie, but not to the extent that I enjoyed it. Words cannot describe what Avatar means to me and how much I love Avatar.

My mom was blown away as well. She was amazed. She couldn't believe it, completely mesmerized. My mom also really likes the soundtrack, specifically "Climbing Up Iknimaya" and "Jakes First Flight". I think my mom enjoyed it more than my dad.

Maybe you could give it a shot with your parents. Just make sure you let them know they need watch the movie in 100% silence. I hate it when people talk during movies, not as much if I've seen a movie a million times, but talking during Avatar is unacceptable.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:46 AM
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You just need a proper home theater setup. You could try to talk all you wanted while I was watching the blu-ray, I couldn't hear you and you probably couldn't hear yourself
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But seriously, I would watch it alone the first time at least, if that's at all possible. I would also be honest with them. Just tell them how important the film is to you, and to please respect that.
That's probably the best option, if it's possible -- Stanley, can you somehow postpone a family viewing to watch it alone? Do you live at home (in which case they'd notice you watching it), or on your own (in which case you could say something about wanting to test out your Blu-Ray system before showing it off)?

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Please don't spoil the movie, by adding your own soundtrack. Sorry, I had to. .
That about sums it up.

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Well, I've seen Avatar in the theaters multiple times, once with my dad and twice with my mom. (I'm cool like that)

My dad was blown away, he couldn't believe it, he was flabbergasted. But I think he left it at that. He thought it was a phenomenal movie, but not to the extent that I enjoyed it. Words cannot describe what Avatar means to me and how much I love Avatar.

My mom was blown away as well. She was amazed. She couldn't believe it, completely mesmerized. My mom also really likes the soundtrack, specifically "Climbing Up Iknimaya" and "Jakes First Flight". I think my mom enjoyed it more than my dad.

Maybe you could give it a shot with your parents. Just make sure you let them know they need watch the movie in 100% silence. I hate it when people talk during movies, not as much if I've seen a movie a million times, but talking during Avatar is unacceptable.
Wow! Your parents have good taste. My parents liked (or at least tolerated) the film, but I can't say that either of them was blown away. If only they had been -- then I'd have an easier time of getting a copy.
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:25 AM
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Wow! Your parents have good taste. My parents liked (or at least tolerated) the film, but I can't say that either of them was blown away. If only they had been -- then I'd have an easier time of getting a copy.
My mom had originally thought that Avatar was just another Sci-Fi movie and didn't show any interest in seeing it.

So I said: "Mom, listen, you HAVE to see Avatar to believe it. I can only go so far in describing it, the only way you will believe me is if you go see it." Something along those lines and made her go see it, and basically changed her mind completely.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:02 AM
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Well I've gotta say you're lucky to have parents that liked the movie. You all are. My dad thought it was "good", my sister loved it, but not as much as me (thinks I'm weird), and my mom absolutely hated it.

But I know exactly how you feel with this as I do with other movies that I just refuse to watch with certain members of my family, since I know what will happen every time. I love to experience certain films with myself, and myself alone... so much to the point of obsession.

Here's what you have to do; something that I do whenever I'm in this situation:

Let them watch it themselves, and go do something else while they watch.

Seems selfish, and it is. ...But it works. Missing out on a film with the knowledge that you'll get to experience it beyond your parents', siblings', or friends' wildest imagination is well worth the refusal. And by your description, it doesn't seem like your family is so focused on watching it with you. Explain your situation, and they'll think you're an absolute weirdo. So be it. Though I'm vehemently opposed to this view normally, in this case the end justifies the means. After your family watches it once, they'll be satisfied. After all, they just think it's a good movie, right? That way, you have plenty of time to plan your own personal viewing without anyone interested in rewatching the whole thing.

That's my solution.


EDIT: Couple my solution with zongtseng's response and you've got a recipe for Awesome.

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Here's what you have to do; something that I do whenever I'm in this situation:

Let them watch it themselves, and go do something else while they watch.

Seems selfish, and it is. ...But it works. Missing out on a film with the knowledge that you'll get to experience it beyond your parents', siblings', or friends' wildest imagination is well worth the refusal. And by your description, it doesn't seem like your family is so focused on watching it with you. Explain your situation, and they'll think you're an absolute weirdo. So be it. Though I'm vehemently opposed to this view normally, in this case the end justifies the means. After your family watches it once, they'll be satisfied. After all, they just think it's a good movie, right? That way, you have plenty of time to plan your own personal viewing without anyone interested in rewatching the whole thing.
Indeed. Amen to the "absolute weirdo" bit...
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Let them watch it themselves, and go do something else while they watch.

Seems selfish, and it is. ...But it works. Missing out on a film with the knowledge that you'll get to experience it beyond your parents', siblings', or friends' wildest imagination is well worth the refusal. And by your description, it doesn't seem like your family is so focused on watching it with you. Explain your situation, and they'll think you're an absolute weirdo. So be it. Though I'm vehemently opposed to this view normally, in this case the end justifies the means. After your family watches it once, they'll be satisfied. After all, they just think it's a good movie, right? That way, you have plenty of time to plan your own personal viewing without anyone interested in rewatching the whole thing.
That would work. and if one wants to watch it again, they might not talk.

and i still don't have the DVD...
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:10 AM
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and i still don't have the DVD...
Me neither! *grumbles about iTunes*
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