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16 Struggles That Are All Too Real For Movie Buffs

The struggle is reel. Make sure your PC can handle the lights, camera, and action.

1. First of all, you can't just "play a movie in the background." You're physically compelled to watch it.


To not watch it would be a disservice.

2. You're the only one in your friend group who winces when the aspect ratio is completely wrong...

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Pan and scam, amirite?

3. ...and understands the difference between a film print and a digital projection.

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Be honest, you prefer one over the other.

4. When a new video format rolls around, you're the one who suffers the most.

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But hey, some things are only available on VHS and LaserDisc.

5. It's particularly painful when a masterpiece of cinema comes with atrocious cover art and menus.

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6. There's nothing worse than when somebody flips on the lights at the most dramatic part of the story...

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7. ...except maybe when someone uses their phone in a darkened theater. AT FULL BRIGHTNESS.

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😡 😡 😡

8. Three words: obnoxious popcorn chewing.

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"Did I say you could have some?"

9. Nobody wants to go with you to classic film screenings because they're in black and white...

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For them, Classical Hollywood cinema is a movie from the '90s.

10. ...or foreign films because then they "have to read." So you're all like:

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It's their loss, tbh.

11. There's the risk of becoming invested in a franchise, only to have a new installment retcon your favorite sequels.

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AKA every series reboot.

12. Your Blu-rays and DVDs MUST be organized in some way — usually by director, year, or genre.

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It's stuff like this that makes your eye twitch, though.

13. When your friends ask what you're listening to, it's a struggle to name something that's not a soundtrack.

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The Boston Pops count as a band, right?

14. Deciding what to watch on your DVR is a daily dilemma.

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What's worse is cutting something to make room for another. 😰

15. Intelligent discussion about a film is pretty much impossible on the internet.

Compelling argument found in @imcorinnemec's IMDb message board.

Seriously, try it sometime.

16. Finally, there's the never-ending process of building the home theater of your dreams.

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It's always one step away from being perfect.

Now you can screen your collection wirelessly in glorious 4K resolution, thanks to the all-new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor.