This friday I plan on seeing Crash in the theaters. I am not as excited for the film - though I believe I will quite enjoy it (I'm sucker for movies with multiple, intertwining stories. And cheesy football flics. I love cheesy football flics) - as much as I'm excited to simply go to the movies. There's something about the pomp and circumstance of movie theater that makes the experience so much more captivating for me than just sitting down in a theater and having a movie pop up. The trailers/previews (and I truly believe seeing a good preview can make up for a bad movie), the jugs of popcorn big enough to feed half of manhattan, the little anouncements from the theater (though i wish some theater chain would go retro with some claymation dancing popcorn), inconsiderate cell phone man, the sticky floor and testy cup holders, even the commericials, which used to annoy me to know end have started to become enjoyable in their decadent ridiculousness. Now I don't get to see many films at festivals. That's usually due to my job, which keeps me running around too much to have a block of time (well that and my desire to go to lots and lots of parties), but despite the miser in me, I'd almost rather sit in movie theater surrounded by hundred soda-soda slurping, popcorn munching people. That's not to say I don't appreciate being able to here director's, producer's speak about their visions (you'll often find me after a movie sifting through the web trying to find that very information); it just feels more like an event, a special occasion. Mostly I'd rather sit back, relax, try to be convinced to by a new pair of Nike's, wonder if i'd actually dripped nacho cheese on my pants, and enjoy the show.