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Two pet peeves

Number 1: Coffee shops that get coffee oils on the milk steamer.

Some of us happen to be quite allergic to coffee oils and don't like having to miss chunks of the film we were trying to watch. This means you, Starbucks Shaftsbury Avenue, and you, Hagen Daazs Wimbledon Odeon.

Number 2: Cinemas that forget to resize the screen for the adverts

I may not want to watch them, but I certainly don't want to see them that distorted. It's just pressing a button in the projection booth, you know!



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Dec. 1st, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)

Sounds more like the projectionist being lazy and running the adverts with the cinemascope anamorphic in place, than forgetting to resize the screen.

On the other hand, if their system neither was a twin projector setup, nor had a lens turret, nor had a short break between adverts and the main feature, I'd be almost inclined to forgive them on the grounds that changing lenses (and aperture plates) quickly by hand can be a pain. That said, if this was an Odeon, I'd be very surprised if any of those three cases were true. They probably forgot to put the correct barcodes on the film for their automation setup...

Dec. 2nd, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
My pet peeve is cafes that make tea with water from the coffee machine.

Not only is it the wrong temperature (too cool -- tea should be brewed at 100C and coffee is brewed at 86C), but one usually ends up with coffee oils in the tea. Nasssty.
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