Times have changed.

I always liked to watch a film.
There was a time you could see one undisturbed on television. No 15-20 minute long commercials every 10 minutes. There was no broadcasting 24/24, television was special.
Because of the commercials, I gave up on it over 10 years ago. I do not miss it.
If I want to watch a film I want to watch it without interruptions. It is relaxing time for me.

Once it was quiet in the cinema.
It was a luxury place where you could watch a film without people who had to pee every 10 minutes, eat popcorn and spill it on you or could not shut up for 5 minutes.

Behavior like this has to do with culture, raising, norms, and values. In some cultures mouths are closed in the cinema and eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed, no ashtrays all over the house. Eating you do when you sit at a table. Eating = not speaking. We learned not to disturb other people on their day/evening out.

The cinema is no longer special.
People are always in a rush. If two film lovers stay to see the end of the film, until the screen turns black, it is a lot and they will be kicked out by the cleaning staff.

This means I have a large collection of films on video and DVD (35 years) and so have my children. We still watch them, without interruptions at the time it suits us.

I missed the news Rutger Hauer died.

He died at home on July 19 (07-19-17).
Somehow I felt surprised he lived in the Netherlands.
Many elderly people leave (the kind of weather gets into your joint and bones, kills), so do the ones who get famous.
He did not get that old. If he had to work till the age of 72 like the Dutch government and the EU wants us, he would only have had only 3 years of retirement.

The first film with him I saw was: Soldaat van Oranje (1977).

He played Erik Lanshof. The name of the film is the nickname given to Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema after the second World War.
The film is based on the book. Erik wrote about his student life during the war in the city of Leiden. Erik and Guus escape to the UK and start spying.in the Netherlands for the UK. It all turned out to be a British diversionary maneuver.

Erik asked himself as the war was over if his sacrifices were worth giving up his (student) life. Today we do no longer care about these heroes. Those who fought/fight for their country, freedom, are called racists now.

To Paul Verhoeven, the director, this film was his international breakthrough.
Soldaat van Oranje_ (Soldier of Orange) was the official Dutch entry for the Oscars of 1977.

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29.07.2019 20:25

That is exactly what I mean. No longer it's about the film but popcorn 😞

30.07.2019 06:01

30.07.2019 06:01

Yes the time has changed, continuesly changed and will never stop to chane perhaps you and I don't want to change. I am writing about history and you still stuck in old stuffs. What we all are be in our thinking, every time want time some thing new and rememberances tootaly focused on past

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30.07.2019 07:43

Hi Kitty! Watching TV can be maddening with all the commercials but I still watch my favorite soap, news and some other shows in the evening.
If you want to pay more for your TV cable provider, there is one available in some areas that you can tape a show in advance and skip through the commercials.

30.07.2019 08:28

I do not miss it. Once a tv it dominates your life. You keep sitting in front of it waiting, hoping for something interesting. By now you can watch tv too via internet.
News is always the same and only what they want you to know plus all newspapers are on the internet too.

I believe I once had tv I could record or pause if I liked.. If you started new you could skip the commercials but it was only for 30 min max.
Also annoying I find there is always the same on tv. Rehearsal of a rehearsal it's rehearse 😞

It is no wonder children have a hard time to concentrate they never learn to focus on 1 thing.


30.07.2019 10:03