Re: [movies-579] Re: playing with the idea of movie night at my place

From: Chris T.
Sent on: Monday, November 26, 2012 12:33 PM
Ha! I prescribe more to the "as big as you can handle" mentality for optimal viewing distance ;)

Seriously though, couch is actually at about the ideal according to THX's guidelines.

I just keep all my titles alphabetical (by series if applicable) on the shelf. I find it the easiest way to find the title I want, when I want it. I also manage them using DVDpedia (I just did a data export for that list, I didn't type that list out manually). Also, since I can generate stats using the app, I'm at ~90% seen for my movie collection.

Personally, I've started putting my phone in a different room to cut down on distractions while I'm viewing.

We're located in North Worcester, near Greendale mall.

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Chris Tsai

On Monday, November 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Dan wrote:

Holy crap Chris, 90"!!!  Bravo, sir.  The shape and size of my room and the couch viewing distance is just right for 60", otherwise I'd love to have a humongous projector screen one day.  Impressive movie list, too.  IMDB links taboot!  Killer.  I used to have mine ordered chronologically on the shelf but it got to be too much hassle reordering everything.  Then I had all movies by the same director ordered together for the heavy hitters...now they're just wherever.  And yes, we definitely have some generational+male sensibility overlap in our titles but your list is definitely has a better selection of "serious film buff" titles.  Mine is pretty heavily tilted toward "guy movies", although I have been making an effort lately to get more classics. 

With regards to my cat, just know that I will have him shut in my bedroom if I hold these meetups.  Mostly for his safety believe it or not (he's a very "challenged" and frail rescue cat with poor reflexes and coordination.  Sweet as hell but you could accidentally step on him if you weren't careful).

I love your idea of the simultaneous viewing at both locations and post-movie chat of some sort.

And no worries about December, I might not even get to organizing one until the New Year anyway...depends on how quickly I can get my place cleaned up and host-able!

Dan



On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM, Chris Tsai <[address removed]> wrote:
I love the idea, in fact, I had considered making a similar offer myself, but held back for the exact same reason (ie., hesitant about strangers in our home). In addition to the cost savings, another advantage of these is that we get to watch movies that aren't new releases.

I *am* allergic to cats, but I can just take some medicine beforehand. We will be traveling for a few weeks in December, so we may not be able to come out to a ton then, but when we can make it, we'd be glad to help out with snacks/drinks.

Just had a short discussion with my wife, and we would love to offer our apartment as an alternative location if folks are interested. Seating here is a bit limited as well (3-4 on couch, 1-2 seats on the side, 3 on beanbags in front), but we have a front projector system w/ ~90" screen, a pretty kick-ass sound system, with ~350 movies (~2/3 on blu-ray). Here's our current film list (all physical media, updated today), there's some decent overlap with your collection, but a stronger emphasis on foreign and independent.

If there's a ton of demand for a particular film (that hopefully we both have), we could even plan to split up and meet at both locations on the same night, watch the same movie, and if folks are interested in post-movie discussion, we could do that on the meetup mailing list or forum (or even do a post-movie Skype chat).

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Chris Tsai

On Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Dan wrote:

forgot to mention - I have a cat.  Very elderly and mellow, but in case you're allergic...

On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM, Dan Mullen <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello gang,

I'm thinking about an idea for a winter time, cheap, cozy, hibernatory meetup for just a few people, maybe on a biweekly basis - at my apartment in Millbury. I just ordered a 60" plasma (to be delivered Dec 3) and i already have a killer sound system and literally hundreds of Blu-Rays (and a media player connected to Vudu and Amazon Instant Videos).  I watch a lot of movies and TV shows on disc as it is, so I figure I should share the wealth.  Believe me when I say that when sitting in the sweet spot on the couch the sound is better than any modern megaplex theater in terms of clarity and full surround immersion.  My couch can sit three comfortably and I can set up 3 or 4 chairs on either side, so we'd be looking at a pretty low cap...maybe 6 in case my buddy down the street wants to join in :).  One great thing about plasma vs LCD or LED is that the viewing angles are amazing.  Meaning, even if you're far to one side, the color and brightness and black levels are virtually the same as if you're sitting straight in front.   Try that w/ LCD or LED and you will be severely disappointed.

Anyway I was hesitant to propose this because after all, I would be letting possible strangers into my home.  But this seems like a pretty small and tight-knit group of movie lovers and I'm sick of hogging all the spoils of a kick-ass home theater setup in an apartment next to elderly people who's hearing sucks and who's assured me in the past that they can't hear my movies...and i play them LOUD and their bedroom is on the other side of the wall closest to my subwoofer and three main speakers.

So here's what I was thinking:  if I buy a new Blu-Ray that I'm psyched to watch ASAP or if I just get the urge to pull one off my shelf, that can be the movie of the night.  Otherwise, I actually have a spreadsheet of all of my movies that I could email to everyone and people could let me know if they're dying to watch any one in particular.  If more than one is requested we could do a vote or something.  And again, the sky's pretty much the limit because anything I don't own already can be ordered for $5 or $6 on one of the online services.  But being the OCD audio/videophile I am, I'd prefer the full monty Blu-Ray to the slightly compressed streaming versions.  You can stream 1080p and Dolby Digital+ but trust me, it's not as smooth.

Anyway, just some food for thought.  Feel free to reply here or shoot me an email at digs5446 at Gmail dot com.

Oh yeah - I'd want to do this on a weeknight, perhaps meeting between 6 and 6:30 and starting the movie no later than 7:00 (depending on how long it is).  I like to be done with my movie viewing by 9:30ish, even though my neighbors say they can't hear it.  I just start feeling bad after a certain time.

Dan

p.s. - here are a couple of my lists to give you an idea of what kind of movies i have.  The list of physical discs is outdated by about, oh...75 titles?

physical Blu-Rays owned
Blu-Ray rips on hard drive







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