Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! Before we start this post, some of you may have been thinking I’ve been focusing too much on “Guardians of the Galaxy” lately, and when you saw this post you probably thought about possibly coming to my house, finding me, and throwing me out the window. With that being said, if this is annoying, I apologize. On that subject, I have to be more annoying. If you came on this post with any interest towards “Guardians of the Galaxy,” be sure to check out my posts related to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I have reviews for the movies and a post on some post-credit news going around before the release of “Vol. 2.” The links are down below, please check em out.
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2” POST-CREDIT NEWS: https://scenebefore.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-has-five-post-credit-scenes-what-does-this-mean/
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” REVIEW: https://scenebefore.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/guardians-of-the-galaxy-2014-marvels-best-a-holes/
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2” REVIEW: https://scenebefore.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-2017-return-of-the-a-holes-plus-update-on-post-credit-rumors/
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we’re gonna talk about some Guardians related news I came across. Apparently there was this couple who recently went out on a date, this was actually their first date as a matter of fact. They went to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” From what I was able to speculate from various sources, the price per ticket was $17.31, and these two went to see the movie at the AMC Barton Creek Square 14 in Austin, TX. I did some research and came to the conclusion that the two went to an IMAX 3D showing of the movie. Now I’m gonna ask you all a question, what is the most annoying thing somebody could do in a movie theater? I mean, to me, there are plenty of things. Somebody could be talking a lot during the film, someone who has seen the movie already that is seeing it again could shout out a spoiler to f*ck with the audience, someone could bring in an infant that cries all the time, as much as I enjoy going to the cinema, a lot of things could go wrong. One of my biggest pet peeves that I’ve had to deal with throughout multiple cinematic experiences is that there’s at least one person that uses their phone.
Yep, in today’s digital age, it goes without a doubt that lots of people are attached to their cell phones. Admittedly, I am too, but I know when not to use it. One of those times is when I’m in the movie theater and I’m watching a film. A lot of theaters have disclaimers given out to audiences telling them to turn off their cell phones. Nowadays whenever I go to an AMC location, right before the AMC intro sequence begins, a little PSA comes up for about 10 or 15 seconds telling the audience that that you can’t talk or use your cell phone because it is either disruptive or distracting. It ends with the phrase “Don’t ruin the movie.” These two went to an AMC location too, but they went to see the movie in IMAX, and I’ve actually seen IMAX movies at AMC before, most recently “Rogue One,” and as of now they don’t play the exact same messages that you get in traditional AMC showings. They give disclaimers, but I don’t remember them touching upon cell phone use. With that being said, the woman on this date was always using her cell phone throughout the show. And the guy, instead of simply telling her not to do that, breaking up with the girl, or reminding her why she shouldn’t text during the movie, actually took this matter to a level greater than I could have ever imagined. He wants to sue this woman.
What lead to this? Well, the two paid their money in some way, shape, or form beforehand, the movie was going on, and this woman just kept taking out her phone to look at and respond to texts. The guy was getting peeved and so he asked the woman to put her phone away, she refused. At one point, the guy suggested to the girl to take her phone outside and talk there. Not only did she do that, she didn’t come back in, because she went home without her date leaving him without a ride home.
The guy who is filing the lawsuit goes by the name of Brandon Vezmar and he is seeking $17.31, which as mentioned, is the price per ticket paid by the couple who saw the movie. In Vezmar’s petition he claims “While damages are sought to be modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society.”
The girl’s name however remains a mystery to me, and while the guy claimed that the girl took out her phone and texted around 10-20 times, the girl says otherwise. She says she kept her phone low, trying not to disturb anyone, and it happened around 2-3 times. One thing I’m unaware of when it comes to this girl’s texting is why she was even texting in the first place. Was there some sort of emergency? Because if there was, I’d understand, but if there happened to be just about any other reason, I’m not gonna accept that. If you want a place to text while watching a movie, just stay home. Maybe if this was happening during the previews or something I’d be fine, but not during the movie, which according to what I’ve heard, is the time which this all happened. Also, let me just say, I’m aware of the girl trying to hide the phone screen, which I admire, but if other people are annoyed, do your best to respect them. It’s like if you spit out something racist, someone’s probably gonna get annoyed and it won’t end well. On another note, the girl is now under a protective order against Dezmar, who has contacted both the girl and her sister. This girl said she’s not paying the guy back because of these words she uttered: “he took me out on a date.”
Also, on a little sidenote, James Gunn, the director of the film the couple went to see, actually weighed in on the whole scenario on Twitter. He said “Why stop at suing? She deserves jail time!” Wow, I did not think I would ever have to see this in my life. I don’t typically tolerate the use of cell phones in movie theater auditoriums, but this guy’s reaction is something I would never do in life. I want to know your thoughts on this, and also, something I want to ask, have you ever been in a theater with someone who used their phone during the movie? Did it annoy you? What did they do on their phone? Let me know! Also, be sure to check out my review for “The Circle,” or as I like to call it, the most recent movie to drive my brain in circles. I had fun reviewing it, you’ll be able to find an icon that says “The Circle (2017): The Worst Kind of Circle Jerk,” be sure to check it out. Stay tuned for more great content! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!