Over at LinkedIn, which is sort of a MySpace for “professionals”, they have a Q&A section where folks like Jason Calacanis can ask members to help him find his next hire, or where marketing advice is frequently solicited. For people who use Ask Metafilter, this is pretty much the same idea, but you can refer to a user’s professional background when they offer an answer…
In spite of the hype, sometimes fun questions break thru, like this one:
What Is the Best Cinema Experience You’ve Ever Attended?
I like it enough I’ve stolen it for my question of the week.
For me, its hard to pick just one. But the one that stands out was a midnight opening for Independence Day at the Mann’s Village in Westwood. The theatre remains possibly the greatest single screen I’ve ever been to, in part because they frequently showcase popcorn movies, but mostly because management takes pride in the film presentation and having loud, well balanced sound.
For the ID4 opening, I’d waited in line for hours with friends and a crowd that wrapped around the block, discussing movies and geeking out. Once inside, the vibe was energetic verging on mayhem. The audience roared into a frenzy when the lights finally dimmed, but settled quickly as the first trailer came up… a trailer for the re-release of Star Wars.
The crowd went INSANE. It didn’t matter that most of us were aware that Episode IV was returning to theatres. But the existence of the trailer took us by surprise. (Rumor also went that Fox Executives were planning on a very small roll out of the re-release, just to hype the new video release… but when they heard the crowd response in the theatre that night, they aimed much larger)
The ridiculous high of that two minute trailer stuck with us the rest of the evening as we cheered along during Independence Day with a fervor that I can’t recall ever experiencing again. Better movies have come along since ID4 (probably within a week, to be honest), so its a little insane that the combination of a teaser trailer, and a great crowd, made for the greatest movie experience of my life.