I miss movie theaters. I miss the smell and sound of fresh, popping popcorn. And I miss watching a film on that massive celluloid screen, becoming witness to a new story being told. We all have those moments and those movies that took us places we never dreamed our hearts and minds could go. We hold them forever. The cinema is an irreplaceable experience, whether it's in a theatre or in your home, cinema houses magic. Now, if only all audiences would behave with the same respect. Some people really should stay home.
Redditor u/LeadershipDifficult wanted everyone to share about the times film magic has left a lifelong impression by asking.... What was an cinema experience you'll never forget?
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Two people behind me pulled big aluminum pans of spaghetti out of their purse and started eating it during the movie.
To the Park
My 5th grade teacher used to take small groups of us on after school trips, as a treat. I think we needed money for food, extras, but the main event was totally on her. My small group got to go see Jurassic Park.
From the scene with the water glass I'm the Jeep, all the way to the raptors in the kitchen, we were on the edge of our seats. It's still, 28 years later, one of my favorite memories and favorite movies.
Ms Salomon, wherever you are, you were an awesome teacher. Still mad my kids can't have you as a teacher.
I went to go see the cinema classic Snakes on a Plane when it first came out and there was a scene when some character said to a little girl "guess who's on this plane today?" To which someone in the audience just screamed "SNAKES!"
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When the reclining seats in movie theaters first became a thing, I saw this family bring pillows and blankets into the theater. It was wild.
In a Far Away Galaxy
First off, I'm old. I saw the first original Star Wars at its premiere in a theatre in Toronto. When the Death Star got blown up, people stood up and screamed and cheered. In all my life since I've never seen that happen at a movie. (The ushers and other staff were wearing big buttons that said May the Force Be With You. I offered an usher $20 -- $88 in today's money -- for his, but he refused. Wish I had that button today.)
"Written and Directed by..."
My youngest is an aspiring filmmaker. When she was 16 she entered a short film in a local festival. I had seen a final cut on a laptop and honestly I was a little underwhelmed. I gave her a " oh honey that's great!" parent compliment. Fast forward to the actual screening, oh wow what a difference seeing it on a big screen.
When the credits hit it got the biggest applause of the night. I was in absolute tears. She's had other films since then but the experience of seeing her name after "Written and Directed by..." on the big screen for the first time is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I remember seeing Empire the first weekend it came out. My brother and I saved our paper route money and got into the first showing on Saturday afternoon. When Vader said he was Luke's father, the whole theater just gasped. The a guy a couple rows behind us said "no freakin way!"
Walking out of the theater was probably the best part. Seeing people in line for the next show, knowing what they were in for, knowing we couldn't spoil it for them.
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Revenge of the Sith. Anakin gets the Vader mask lowered onto his face. It's the quietest I've ever heard (not heard?) a theater be. The first ragged breath of the ventilator sent goosebumps.
Another was Infinity War. When "I don't feel so good" and Spiderman dusted, someone yelled "oh hell naw, that's some bulls**t!"
Ask Mr. Nolan
Interstellar. Just thought it was an ambitious and incredible movie overall, the most striking part being when McConaughey's character leaves earth knowing his young daughter, flying for only a little while, then seeing the message of her as an adult. Time dilation can be a b**ch.
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I saw a Harry Potter premier while on vacation with my family.
A couple of people were dressed up, but this one guy wore a bloated golden vest and a saggy white collared shirt. It was only when the guy dressed as Harry Potter started chasing him before the movie started did he realize he was the Snitch.
The first time going to see Lord of the Rings.
When I saw Fellowship in theaters, I was 10 years old. It absolutely blew me away. I distinctly remember the penultimate scene when Frodo is standing on the bank debating whether to continue on his own. When Gandalf's voice fades in, it all suddenly clicked and I saw how the score, the camerawork, all these different artistic efforts were being pieced together to make this thing that was shaking me to my core.
It started a lifelong love of filmmaking. I even used this experience in my application for a UCLA acting program. Lord of the Rings dramatically changed the direction of my life. Though I'm definitely not the first.
Live long and prosper
It was 1994. First time in a theatre with THX surround sound. Star Trek Generations. First off, the Enterprise-B seen for the first time. Then the Ribbon. Kirk's death. Then the HD Enterprise-D. Data cussing.
Then the Saucer section crash. Oh, man the crash. Hearing some panel fall off to my right, while a panel blows to the back left, the deep rumble that made your innards quake as the ship slid along the planets surface mowing down everything in its path, trees snapping like toothpicks... It was an experience.
The entire theater practically cheering when Cap lifts Thor's hammer was pretty amazing.
Mine was opening night and it blew up when the circles formed
Energy like no other
Omg. I was there for an opening night screening and the atmosphere was just craaazy. That specific scene made people scream on the top of their lungs. I had chills running up and down my spine for a whole minute. It was crazy. I don't know why everyone was so excited but they were. The final battle sequence was just people losing their minds and the Captain America hammer scene was just people almost having a heart attack. The whole atmosphere of the theatre was so different. I work at the theatre so I'm there a lot. Never saw that much energy at the theatre before.
Hurt a rib
Watching the first Deadpool when a guy comes in with his really young kids. I don't know why but I try warning him that this movie ain't suitable for children. I told him there was violence and profanity. "I don't care about the violence or swearing". He and the kids make it through a good portion of the movie when the infamous International Women's day scene occurs. He grabbed both boys by their necks and runs out of the theater faster than Sonic the hedgehog. My initial reaction was to laugh so hard I kinda hurt a rib for the rest of the day
I know it's cool to sh*t on this movie these days, but seeing Titanic for the first time was unforgettable. The actual shots of the sunken ship, the way it transitioned to the ship intact, the swelling of the music in that moment... it was all very moving. You could feel the chill of the last half of the movie down to your bones, especially once you exited the theater into a cold December night. The whole experience was incredibly powerful.
Absolutely this. I remember I was 14 and my mom dropped me off at the movies. No one wanted to go out that night so it was the first time I went to a movie alone. I sat next to these nice older ladies and my row started passing a box of kleenex around by the end of the movie. It was masterful.
A late-night showing of Cats where the entire audience was there ironically. Half the people were live-tweeting. There was a lot of heckling.
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The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
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Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
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Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
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"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
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"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.