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Mar 29

Where’s the best place to watch a movie?

… And other fun tidbits I found during spring cleaning

Spring has officially sprung.

That means it’s time for another round of rigorous spring cleaning, courtesy of my ever-growing collection of cool links and tasty pop-culture tidbits.

We begin today with an assorted grab bag.

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Film critic Linda Holmes still believes that the best place to see a movie is in a movie theater.

“The ritual of settling into a seat, maybe putting a drink in the armrest, and not knowing what’s going to happen has not lost its charm for me,” she writes in this essay. “It is only at a movie in a theater that I have quite the sort of experience I have when the first few seconds of anything — even something I’ve already seen — appear.”

As someone who has willingly sat through some of the best and worst movies, I’m inclined to agree with her. I don’t always have the time or the money to see the latest blockbuster or critically acclaimed drama in theaters, but when I do , I usually find the experience is fuller than if I had watched the same movie sitting on my couch.

Part of the reason is audience participation.

There’s nothing quite like howling in unison at a good joke or gasping collectively at a sudden shock. You feel the emotion of the crowd roll over you like a wave.

Of course, there’s always the merry wag who yells out something inappropriate in the middle of “A Serious Man,” say, or “The Hurt Locker.”

Speaking as someone who recently had ice chucked at them for chuckling during the silly, sloppy horror flick “Season of the Witch”, there are times for laughter and funny comments, and times when you should just shut the hell up.

That’s why numerous bloggers have developed the Cinema Code of Conduct. Rules include “No Eating,” “No Irresponsible Parenting” and “No Arriving Late.”

Violate them at your own peril.

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I love to hear people talk about their favorite films.

Back in May 2010, British newspaper The Independent invited 23 film and television stars to discuss the films that changed their lives.

The resulting list included “The Breakfast Club,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “On the Waterfront,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Most of these stars are better known in Britain than in the United States, but you’ll recognize such familiar faces as Rhys Ifans, Simon Pegg, Patrick Stewart and Ray Winstone.

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino shared his top 20 films of 2010, including “Toy Story 3″ and “The Social Network.”

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There are few things movie bloggers like more than lists.

They’re quick, easy and enjoyable to write, a breeze to post. Plus, they nearly always rouse the ire of rabid fans, inspiring yet another awesome list.

Here are a few film-related lists for your reading pleasure:

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