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Contrasting Cinematic Experiences

To see or not to see? That is a question that many Americans ask themselves quite often. Whether you want to get caught up in a dramatic plot full of twists and turns, or be scared half to death by a horror flick, movies are a great way to escape reality for a few hours and just become lost in an immersive multimedia.
In this essay, I will be contrasting cinematic experiences. Whether you enjoy a night out on the town, or relaxing on your own couch, there are certain advantages, and disadvantages, to the atmosphere you choose.
Going to a theater can be an amazing experience. The smell of the popcorn, as well as the excitement of others, gives you a rush of anticipation. Will this movie suck? Will this movie be awesome? These are questions that run through your mind as you sit down. The big screen, and ultra-loud surround sound, bring the movie to life and give you a real immersive experience. You almost feel as if you are experiencing the ups and downs of each of the films’ characters. As I stated previously, going out to a theater to watch a movie can be an amazing experience,

but it can also be just as horrible. The cost is the most mind numbing example of this. A movie ticket can easily cost you $12. Also, the cost of refreshments is outrageous. So much so, that you end up sneaking snacks in your girlfriends’ purse. The crowds are also a buzzkill, as they can not only overwhelm you in size, but also overwhelm you with rude behavior, such as talking, and moving around during the movie. Also, you are limited in selection when you go out to a theater. Most theaters only have six options to choose from and that isn’t always up to par.
Now, your other option when it comes to a cinematic experience, is watching a movie from the comfort of your own home. Not only is this a popular choice among a lot of people, it’s actually my most desired choice of the two. Yes, the screen is a lot smaller and

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