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Topic # 191742 14-Feb-2016 23:12
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It seems to me that just about every film I have watched over the last 18 months or so has felt as though it was about 30 minutes too long. The film will be romping along nicely and all of a sudden it will go through a patch for 5 minutes where it feels as though it is crawling and just as I am about to stand up and say "Anyone fancy a pint? Only it's going on a bit..." it finds another gear and gets back to it for a while.

 

 

 

Maybe it's just me - although Mrs Geektastic also agreed.






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  Reply # 1492332 14-Feb-2016 23:30
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ha! I feel the same pain, though I choose the right films to watch in cinema for long duration. But a mate and I watched the H8ful Eight a few weeks back and never looked at the duration before hand! and what a joy it was ! As long as the storyline is good and not weak then I can enjoy!




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  Reply # 1492401 15-Feb-2016 08:49
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ha! I feel the same pain, though I choose the right films to watch in cinema for long duration. But a mate and I watched the H8ful Eight a few weeks back and never looked at the duration before hand! and what a joy it was ! As long as the storyline is good and not weak then I can enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Agreed - I have no problem with the film being long if it is necessary and if it works.

 

There does seem to be a trend just to make them long for the sake of it at the moment, almost as if directors or studios feel that it isn't a proper film if it isn't long.

 

Revenant just goes on way too long, for a start. Just how much footage of a man trekking across snow and ice alone is actually necessary to the plot of a man left for dead coming for revenge? It went on so long that the end was both a bit of an anti-climax and a relief at the same time.






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  Reply # 1492402 15-Feb-2016 08:52
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I prefer them long. Actually I prefer TV series, where there's time for real character and plot development. 1.5 - 2 hours isn't much time really.





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  Reply # 1492404 15-Feb-2016 08:52
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They just seem longer especially Peter Jackson movies




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  Reply # 1492406 15-Feb-2016 08:54
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No, that could be age, mate... When you are getting older - you may need to "wash you hands" more frequently, hence movies could feel being too long :-)


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  Reply # 1492411 15-Feb-2016 09:00
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ha! I feel the same pain, though I choose the right films to watch in cinema for long duration. But a mate and I watched the H8ful Eight a few weeks back and never looked at the duration before hand! and what a joy it was ! As long as the storyline is good and not weak then I can enjoy!

 

 

The roadshow version that was not shown here is 20 minutes longer but it had an intermission..





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  Reply # 1492416 15-Feb-2016 09:16
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timmmay: 1.5 - 2 hours isn't much time really.

 

1.5 - 2 hours used to be the norm, but that just isn't the case for theatrically released movies any more. Aside from comedies, most studio movies are in excess of 2 hrs these days.

 

I watched Creed last night, and it had a running time of 133 minutes. For comparison, none of the previous 6 Rocky movies exceeded 2 hours (with the majority of them being considerably less).

 

Rocky                 119 minutes

 

Rocky II              119 minutes

 

Rocky III             100 minutes

 

Rocky IV             90 minutes

 

Rocky V              104 minutes

 

Rocky Balboa       102 minutes


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  Reply # 1492430 15-Feb-2016 09:51
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Maybe we're evolving to have shorter attention span. Before the days of iPhones/iPads/Ultrabooks, I could sit in the park and absorb the scenery for hours. Now I can't even find time to watch a 30 min WRC highlights.

 

In the past I felt the movies were too short (90-100mins) now I feel the movies are too long because I don't have time or I need to do something.


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  Reply # 1492441 15-Feb-2016 10:00
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http://www.businessinsider.com/movies-are-getting-longer-2013-1 (2013)

 

http://www.randalolson.com/2014/01/25/movies-arent-actually-much-longer-than-they-used-to-be/

 

https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-average-length-of-movies-right-now-and-is-there-a-trend-going-up-or-down-Whats-the-trendline-been-like-over-the-last-10-years-Over-the-last-100-years

 

 

 

In short - it depends massively on what you watch. Stupid comedies remain short. There is more appetite for long movies in some cases. 

 

You seem to be referring more to pacing - which will vary hugely on what you watch.

 

 


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RUKI:

 

No, that could be age, mate... When you are getting older - you may need to "wash you hands" more frequently, hence movies could feel being too long :-)

 

 

 

 

Pretty much this I think.  I also find as I get older by back and legs get quite uncomfortable sitting for extended periods. And other cinema goers seem put out when you stand up and stretch loudly. :-/


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  Reply # 1492444 15-Feb-2016 10:06
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I have noticed my tolerance for time wasting bulls... padding has really dropped over the last few years.

 

Its why I cant stand 47 minute TV shows when it could have been 30, and most movies seem to have too much non action in them. I dont think it's a recent thing tho, going back and watching old movies also annoy me. Probably more so thanks to things with seek bars where I can easily skip past the drivel parts.





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I have noticed my tolerance for time wasting bulls... padding has really dropped over the last few years.

 

Its why I cant stand 47 minute TV shows when it could have been 30, and most movies seem to have too much non action in them. I dont think it's a recent thing tho, going back and watching old movies also annoy me. Probably more so thanks to things with seek bars where I can easily skip past the drivel parts.

 

 

 

 

As an older person, I'd suggest that in good old movies much of the "padding" may have been plot and character development - often sadly lacking in modern "action" movies where back to back spectacular action/special effects seem to be used to hold the viewer's attention to lack of any credible plot, and one-dimensional stereotypes instead of real characters.  Not saying I don't enjoy some such movies, but Tarantino-style where it doesn't take itself too seriously and with plot lines so predictable (or at least true to form), the movies are entertaining/amusing as parodies rather than anything to be taken seriously.

 

Attention spans have shortened.  There's also a parallel IMO with music / audio and the "loudness wars". The quote "When there is no quiet, there can be no loud" is pertinent.

 

 


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I've been thinking a lot lately "that movie needed more editing" so I would concur with the OP.

 

 





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I have noticed my tolerance for time wasting bulls... padding has really dropped over the last few years.

 

Its why I cant stand 47 minute TV shows when it could have been 30, and most movies seem to have too much non action in them. I dont think it's a recent thing tho, going back and watching old movies also annoy me. Probably more so thanks to things with seek bars where I can easily skip past the drivel parts.

 

 

 

 

Old bond films - good lord - they feel like they are about 3 days long.


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