So that got me thinking about what OTHER unwritten rules I've been following when it comes to movies. Here's a selection:
-As much as possible, never see a film I know will be bad, unless it's so bad it's good, though the latter situation is reserved for the home.
-Watch every extra on a DVD before moving on to another DVD.
-Always watch films in the original language if possible. Subtitles over dubs, though I'll make exceptions for high-end anime.
-Avoid spoilers like the plague, with the natural exception of trailers shown in theaters. Films with spoilery, unavoidable trailers are best watched years after their release when I've forgotten everything about them.
-No genre shall be poo-pooed.
-No snacks shall be consumed in the theater; who needs noise in their heads while trying to watch a film?
-Sitting between two friends is preferable to sitting on the end of row of friends. Preferred spot in a theater is in the middle, fourth or fifth row or whatever puts you at the vertical center of the screen.
-Always stay until the very end of the credits sequence. Not because of potential post-credits sequences, though they do happen, but because there's plenty of interesting stuff near the end, like song credits, special thanks and secret messages. It's a good time to start talking about the film anyway, before people pile into different cars and can't discuss the experience as a unit.
If I think of any others, I'll edit them in. What about you? Do YOU have "rules" you follow when it comes to watching movies, in theaters or at home?