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  1. Sarah Brinks says:

    I am so glad I am not the only one who is annoyed by the audience clapping at the end of a movie with the exception of at festivals or screenings where people who worked on the movie are present. People don’t sit in their living rooms and clap at the end of DVD’s… so why in the theater? Thanks for the validating my annoyance 🙂

    I’ve also stopped watching commentaries because I prefer to stick with my opinions and ideas rather then those of the filmmakers and actors. Making up your mind about the film is half the fun of watching it.

    • I will also add other special events. For example, when I go to a 24-hour marathon, I’m cool with people applauding before/after the movie – because it’s about the communal experience. Over the past few months, I’ve been to matinee screenings of THE HOBBIT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ZERO DARK THIRTY and LES MISERABLES, which all received post-screening applause. I never remembered it happening this often in previous years.

  2. Juhani Kenttä says:

    You know, the thing about Ridley Scott saying that Deckard is a replicant. I think Martin Scorsese stating that the last scenes of Taxi Driver aren’t a dream but actually happening for real is even more irritating. Both interpretations have merit and I agree with you guys that what the art is saying is ultimately more important than what the artist is saying.

  3. Scott Nye says:

    Well, Aaron, it’s not every year you get a piece of quality cinema like THE HOBBIT!

    One time, after UNITED 93, when the screen cuts to black, nobody could MOVE or BREATHE or anything. We’re all sitting there, just stunned. Then from the darkness, this one woman calls out, “God bless our country!” And THEN everyone applauded. I still have no idea if they were applauding the movie, the sentiment, or her for saying it.

    That situation aside, I’m in favor of applause.

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