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Most Pathetic Exchange ever

I just had this conversation.
I feel like the biggest.loser.evar.

Me: One for "Memoirs of a Geisha."
Ticket guy: "Just one? Really?"
Me: "Yeah. Just one."
Ticket Guy: "Ooookay..."

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eefster
Jan. 7th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
We must be full of losers here - I never get comments or funny looks buying a ticket for myself. I do tend to get a few sideways glances from other movie-goers once they realise that no, I'm not just waiting for my date to come back from the bathroom/snack bar/telephone and sit by me, though. ;)
lonerhino
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Man, I know exactly how you feel. But dammit I'm not going to miss geek cinema just because I can't get anyone to go with me!!!
mandyly1977
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'd much rather go to a movie by myself than go to a restaurant by myself. I mean... everyone is supposed to be concentrating/watching the movie, right? Who needs a companion for that?
christielove76
Jan. 7th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
LOL. I'm sorry, but I had to laugh. I hate going to the movies alone. I just end up waiting until it's on cable.
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aghrivaine
Jan. 7th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
I go to the movies by myself all the time. In this case, I think it was such a "date" movie that I must have seemed like a complete dork.

But.. I read the book! I wanted to see the movie...
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aghrivaine
Jan. 7th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
It was ... so subtle as to be almost bland. The atmospherics and set were gorgeous - but the fact that all three major female parts and several male parts were played by Chinese actors instead of Japanse kind of grated - especially because no one made any attempt to sound Japanse. It was a major, and strange, oversight.
joemorf
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
As Joe Morgenstern mentioned in his review, Japanese actresses with comparable star power to Li Gong and Ziyi Zhang are unheard of, so it's understandable why the decision was made.

Have to agree with you about the accents though. Very strange mix there.

~j
aghrivaine
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Li Gong? She's a total unknown in America. In fact, it was her casting that bugged me the most - sure ... Ziya Zhang and Michelle Yeoh (mmmmm, Michelle Yeoh...) have star power, and name recognition, and put asses in seats. But Li Gong?
joemorf
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think she still pulls the types of folks who would go to see Raise the Red Lantern or Farewell my Concubine.

~j
aghrivaine
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
There are any number of Japanese actresses with the same appeal. Why weren't *any* of the geisha characters actually Japanese? Or look Japanese? Or sound Japanese?

Let's make a Western movie, where all the cowboys are British -with thick, posh accents and really bad teeth - obviously not American. Wouldn't that be weird?
eefster
Jan. 7th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Most people don't read the book together, why should they need to see the movie together?!
aghrivaine
Jan. 7th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
I dunno, but the theatre was full of white guys with their asian girlfriends. I was the only one sitting alone...
joemorf
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
I wonder if we were in the same theatre?

~j
joemorf
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
See, instead of "yeah, just one" you should have said "do you have a problem with that?" while idly fingering the pommel of you cutlass.

Not that you don't idly finger your cutlass' pommel all the time...

~j
toast3r
Jan. 8th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
This is the point where you either:

a. Kick his ass
b. Pretend your cell phone buzzed you, answer it, and say in front of the ticket guy, "I'm sorry, I have to take this phone call from a guy who is far more important than you."

If you're caught lying on b, then kick his ass.
d_mike
Jan. 9th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
the half-jobless half-drunk is gonna laugh at this. :) but yeah, i agress with toast3r you should have kicked his ass.

btw, how is this a geek movie? i didn't get that memo .... Just as importantly, how was it?
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