Sunday, March 19, 2006


I honestly can't remember the last time I went this long without seeing a good movie at the cinema. Used to be that not a week would go by without going to the movies at least once. True you end seeing a few turkeys now and then, but there are always good movies, and every few weeks you watch something better than just good. That's not the case anymore. It's like the bozos running our two movie chains here in Oman have conspired to keep away the good movies. They do bring some well reviewed movies now and then, but they play them at awkward times to make it semi-impossible for discerning viewers to get to see them. And then they yank them from the theaters in almost no time with the excuse that ticket sales are low.

A couple weeks ago I wanted to see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but it showed for a week only and the latest showing of the day was 7.30pm which is impossible for us. The week before that they played Walk The Line. That one too played for exactly seven days and there wasn't a single show past 8pm so we couldn't see it either. We ended up going for The Pink Panther that same week. It was stupid, but I have to admit I laughed a lot. Sometimes you just need a change and go to the movies even though there's nothing there worth seeing. We went to see Derailed like that even though all the reviews online were bad. It had a 23% tomato rating. We ended up walking out less than half an hour into the movie.

Movies I'm interested in seeing like Munich, Howl's Moving Castle, the new Pride and Prejudice, Match Point, The Constant Gardner, A History of Violence all played in other gulf countries (or at least Dubai) but our stupid cinema owners in Oman never bothered to book them. One of the movies I was really excited about, Syriana, might not play in the gulf at all so I'll have to wait for it on DVD. Apparently it was submitted to the UAE censors 3 months ago and it's still not approved. Ironic when a large part of the movie was actually shot in Dubai.

I don't mind watching movies on DVD, but it's just not the same as going to the cinema. Especially when you have a baby sleeping with you in the same room. You can't put the volume up. You have to put the subtitles on. And you have to keep stopping the movie every now and then because when you're watching a movie at home you actually answer your phone calls, unlike when you're in the cinema. When you go to the cinema you watch the whole movie in one sitting. At home, it might take a couple days to go through a movie.



Kay said...

I havent seen a movie since Memories of a Geisha, no wait, I went to see Derailed which wasn’t that horrible. But seriously, timings of movies suck. I wasnt able to see Walk the line, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, or Underworld 2. I dont understand why silly obnoxious movies like Big Mama 2 and the Pink panther show for weeks and weeks and almost every other hour. Every weekend I get my hopes up, only to get crushed and wonder what I will be doing to fill up wasted movie time

My dad has been asking me for weeks when Syriana will start showing. He'll be disappointed when I tell him it probably wont make it.

NiGhTFaCe said...

Well, I agree. But, the problem is with the people taste here. They see what movies get them money, so they keep them.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

to be honest, i have the same notions you do dude. i mean, they hardly keep any good movies for a few weeks these days and when they do they end up bringing in the worst!

on the other hand, i only take one day to finish off 3 movie dvds in one night whilst a series collection (say one season) would only take me 3 days.


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