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Watching movies is an amazing activity to relax for many people nowadays. After a hard-working day, what can be more satisfying than watching films and concentrating with amusement on the plots? I like seeing films, too. Although I have many film DVDs at home, I still prefer watching films at cinemas.
Naturally, humans always like to amuse themselves whenever they get bored, but the way of amusement differ from one time to another. Nowadays movies have become one of the major way of entertainment especially for families and friends. For me movies are bigger than that, in fact they inspire us and can really touch our feelings, also they can redefine our way of thinking. However, when watching a movie at home is it like watching the same movie but in the movie theater. We always seek for the best and now I started to wonder which one is the best when watching a movie, TV which is at home or the nice and big screen in the cinema. Although they bear some superficial similarities, the differences between watching a movie at home and watching a move at the theater are clear. If the best was watching the movie at home, would it be the right choice despite the big screen of the movie theater. Actually watching a movie at home do have many things that cinema do not have. For example, when we watch a movie at home we totally have 100% privacy, so that we can discuss things we like or did not understand while watching the movie, also we can wear any cloths that make us comfortable such as pajamas or frumpy cloths.


One of the biggest factors that make me feel like watching films at cinemas is the bigger screen and realer sound I can enjoy there. I have a TV which can play my DVDs, but I do not have enough money to buy a modern and fashioned system of projector and loudspeakers which is sold with an extremely high price at store.
Some people think watching movie in a cinema is better. Other think watching movies at home is better. Which do you prefer? Nowadays, many people prefer watching movie in a cinema. They believe that the cinema has a better atmosphere to enjoy the movie. However, from my perspective, people who watch movie at home are indeed happier and freer than people who choose the cinema. In addition, people who watch movie at home are more comfortable. Contrary to the fact that you have to book the ticket in advance in order to have a better position, there is no need for people at home to worry about the ticket.

Furthermore, even if I could afford it, I still would not feel as satisfied as in a cinema, because I know that cinemas always invest their capital in developing the quality of their films, so the images and sound in cinemas are usually perfect, and I do not think that anyone can easily get such quality in his home.
In addition to that, we are not subject to any rules or guidance that we should obey or follow, basically we have the right to do anything we want such as pause the movie for a while, rewind to play something we liked again or even forward the movie so we can skip any part in the movie we did not like. On the other hand, watching a movie at home could be somehow disturbing, especially from the family members, as a result we cannot enjoy the movie in a nice and quiet atmosphere. Moreover there are always something going on at home, we really cannot expect what will happened during watching a movie so that could destroy our sense of excitement or even ruin the movie. If we choose to watch the movie at the cinema, it is true we will not have the privacy, nevertheless we will feel the hanger to watch the movie while we are surrounded by other people who also came to sheer us that feeling. Cinemas always have higher quality than homes because they have bigger screen and better and suitable voice quality for everyone. Also movie theater provide nice and comfortable cheers so we can enjoy watching the movie while we are relaxing in comfortable seats.


Besides a higher quality of the films, a second factor that makes me attached to cinemas is that I can take this as an opportunity to go out and get out of the confine of my house. After an exhausting week with a lot of stresses that have strained on me, time for resting is really invaluable for me. So I always wait for weekends to relax, at night, I want go out and breathe the cool breeze of the night, and I often go to the cinema to see a film so that I can effectively use the remaining time of freedom.
Furthermore, we will have the quiet and nighty atmosphere and we won’t be worrying about disturbing from others while we are watching. In fact when we grab our family or our friends to watch a movie at the cinema, this could be a good and memorable experience. However cinemas do have some disadvantages such as going to the cinema could be more expensive than watching the movie at home, we may not like to sit next to stringers and even we maybe have to be aware of them. Also we have to follow the rules, sit appropriately and one of the rules of the cinema is that we are prohibited to scream or loudly laugh so we have to be quiet , all those things could be a little bet annoying. In my opinion, watching a movie is always excitement despite the place we watch the movie in. actually, it is one way for us to know and understand other cultures. But as a matter of fact I would like to experience watching a movie in a cinema while hanging out with my friends. So the real question is, where do you prefer to watch a movie at home or at the cinema? The decision is to be made by you. For instance when the decision is made just do not hesitate and hope it will be the best choice for you.

This is also a chance for me to get out of my house and enjoy a new wider space, interact with people and be more positive.
Additionally, the third reason for my statement is that by going to a cinema, I can watch the film with many people.
There are some similarities as well. One can eat snacks in the cinema and in his house when he’s watching a movie. In both places, food is not prohibited. In addition, both of the ideas contain the action of spending money. One needs to but a movie ticket at the cinema to go in; and when one wants to watch a movie at home, he needs to buy the DVD. Nowadays, even DVDs have surround sound effect so not only in the movies, one can experience surround sound echoing in the room.

Actually, I can invite my friends to my house to watch a film with me, but I still do not think it is a great idea, because nowhere can we find as many people watching the same movie as in a cinema. Moreover, when watching film in a cinema, one can laugh, cry and even be scared about the films with people all around him, he can talk freely with others about the film and the characters, which makes the films even more interesting and more attracting than at home.
Then we have more choices on snakes too such as fruit and cake. There is the possibility to watch movie during the dinner. Suffer with much more limitation; people who go to cinema are not so free compared with who stay at home. Admittedly, most expert consider that cinema provide the best condition for watching movie. However, with the good equipment at home, we still have the chance to appreciate the movie. As far as I am concerned, watching movie is relaxed. Cinema may just provide a best condition to watch movie not the best way to enjoy the movie.


In my opinion, watching films in cinemas is preferred than watching them at home because of the above reasons. Today, cinemas are trying to improve the standard of their films, many technologies are developed to make the viewers feel as real as possible, and this makes watching films at cinemas an impossible-to-miss chance to get.
In conclusion, there are lots of similarities and differences between watching movies at our own comfortable house and watching movies at the cinema. There are similarities in eating snacks, experiencing surround sound and spending money on watching movies at home and at the cinema. The main points on the differences are whether volume can be adjusted, big screen is available and whether the seats are designated. Furthermore, these distinct similarities and differences between watching a movie at home and watching a movie at the cinema are one of the many comparisons we make in our life today.


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    #2 24-Oct-2009, 20:39

    Re: Topic: watching a movie at a cinema and at home, which do you prefer?

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    Originally Posted by hieppham90
    Topic: Watching a movie at a cinema and at home, which do you prefer?
    ---***---
    Nicely-done, well-organized essay. This essay would score at least a B in most freshman classes in most Universities in the US.

    The use of transitions is especially fine:
    - One of the biggest factors that make me feel like watching films at cinemas is ...
    - Besides a higher quality of the films, a second factor that makes me attached to cinemas is...
    These excellent transitions keep the reader on track, and give the feeling that the author is firmly in control of the material and the essay.
    That makes the sentence easier for the reader, and when you give the reader fewer words to interpret the reader's EXPERIENCE of your writing is intensified.


    ------------------------

    The essay gave three sound reasons for this preference:

    • Better audio and visual quality
    • Getting out of the house for a spell
    • Sharing the experience with an audience

    Even more, the author used intelligence and judgment in planning the sequence of the points, putting them in their best possible order (the weakest point buried in the middle, and the strongest point last)

    However, the student had a lot of trouble thinking of how to draw out these self-evident observations. One of the biggest weakness of this essay is the large amount of repetition:
    "I do not have enough money to buy a modern and fashioned system of projector and loudspeakers which is sold with an extremely high price at store..."
    This is all padding and repetition, the long way to say, "While their quality may approach that found in cinemas, big home theater systems are too expensive."

    The result of not finding ways to bolster the topic assertions was to make the paragraphs' supporting points sound like a stretch. This is the biggest fault with this essay. Only the fact that the paragraph topics are good keeps the essay from sinking completely into an unconvincing snow job:
    "So I always wait for weekends to relax, at night, I want go out and breathe the cool breeze of the night, and I often go to the cinema to see a film so that I can effectively use the remaining time of freedom.
    This is also a chance for me to get out of my house and enjoy a new wider space, interact with people and be more positive."

    This is not an acceptable way to say,"Besides, it gets me out of the house."
    ------------------------------------

    The author was enterprising in trying to use "personal experience" as a way to bolster the topic assertions of the paragraphs, but the attempt was not completely successful. The author needed to work harder to think of ways to state the obvious without being repetitive or infantile.
    Watching movies at home is not a bad thing to do because you get to relax, do not need to spend money and not to worry about time. On the other hand, you will miss the fun will be stuck home, and sometimes it is good to go out so you can refresh your mind. I think it is good and bad.



    One tactic that can be used sometimes is to acknowledge the opposite point of view: Going out is a lot of trouble and fuss when you're tired; going to the movies is expensive; going alone is no fun, so you have to mesh with the schedules of your friends.
    Understandably, in the cinema, we cannot go outside and do something personal because movie don`t wait us. Especially in some high- speed movie, if we miss part of the movie, we may are not able to understand the movie. Another problem is cinema just provide snake such as pop corn or Coca-cola. That is really simple. However, we would not have to worry about them. First, we are free at home. We can pause the movie any time we want in order to do other things, or even can we repeat part of the movie when we confuse about some details.

    "These are disincentives to going to the movies, but even so, it is still preferable because .... "

    If the useless words, self-evident observations, and repeats were deleted (as they should be), the essay would be about 1/3 of its present length (as it should be)

    If the student needs to write a longer essay, he needs more ideas -- not more words.
    -----------------------------

    The last transition is not as good as the first two.

    Additionally, the third reason for my statement is that by going to a cinema, I can watch the film with many people.
    I insist that watching movie at home is better. When I compare watching movies in the cinema and watching movies at home, I noticed there are some distinct similarities and differences between the two. First of all, there are some differences about these two ideas. When one is watching movies at home, one can take a break anytime he wants; however, in the cinema, the movie is shown without any break. Secondly, at home when one is watching a movie, he can control the volume as he likes; but this cannot be done in the cinema.


    "Additionally" is not the best transition signpost
    > Since the author was clever enough to save the best reason for last, then "the best reason" is a better transition signpost
    > "for my statement" is not only awkward, it is an "anti-orientation" because it causes doubt about which "statement" is meant
    But the best reason for going to the movies is to participate with an audience in the shared experience.

    I debated back and forth about including an orienting phrase:
    "But the best reason to go to the movies instead of watching movies at home is that going to the movies allows me to participate ..."
    > In the end I rejected it as not necessary enough to bear all those words.
    > I also thought that the stuffy and long-winded nature of the remarks was out of sync with the actual MEANING of the words ("It's more fun!") Nothing could be less fun than reading all those words.
    -------------------------------------

    The introduction and conclusion are not particularly great. The author needed to work harder to make them smooth and graceful.

    Watching movies is an amazing activity to relax for many people nowadays.
    Use "a"-----> There is the possibility to watch a movie during dinner. ---but you do not need "the" with dinner.

    After a hard-working day, what can be more satisfying than watching films and concentrating with amusement on the plots? I like seeing films, too. Although I have many film DVDs at home, I still prefer watching films at cinemas.
    Also, one has a designated seat in the cinema, and he can’t sit somewhere else; while at home, one can sit anywhere he prefers to. Since the cinema is a public place, one should not be making major noises while others are concentrating in the movie. In the comfort of one’s home, silence is not really required. While in the cinema, one can feel that the atmosphere around him changes when the huge screen show the very tiniest detail in a movie, but at home, the TV doesn’t create the same effect since the screen is not huge.


    > I think the author missed a chance to "back up" far enough from the topic.
    > The Intro is the place to establish your essay in its larger context, to place it in a bigger frame
    > Thinking up what that "frame" could be does require a few minutes of reflection, but I don't think the author worked toward that goal. I think the author got distracted by the prompt into charging straight ahead into setting up his three points, and so lost his chance to write a distinguished Intro.
    Wow, you write very well, and I guess you changed my mind! At first I disagreed with you, but now I think you're right.


    > I think a much better intro would be one that discusses some larger aspect of the theme: What do movies MEAN to us? or "How many gazillion dollars have we been spending on DVDs -- and what has happened to the movie industry as a result? Are movie houses dead?"
    I would have gone with this:
    Movies are mankind's highest realization of our archetypal desire: "Tell me a story!" When we want to stay at home and hear a story, we can read a novel, listen to our grandmothers, or watch TV. These are pale substitutes for the oceanic, multi-sensory experience of being at the movies, but nothing is as trivializing as watching a movie substitute at home. Nothing diminishes a movie so much as shrinking an MGM lion into a DVD pussycat.
    -------------------------------------------

    The conclusion too is weak and insufficiently contemplated.
    "In my opinion, watching films in cinemas is preferred than watching them at home because of the above reasons. Today, cinemas are trying to improve the standard of their films, many technologies are developed to make the viewers feel as real as possible, and this makes watching films at cinemas an impossible-to-miss chance to get.
    They can enjoy movie at any time they want, and at any position they like. There is the possibility that they can watch movie at midnight or at six o`clock in the morning. Furthermore, people who prefer watching movie at home wouldn`t have to face any traffic problem. No people want to spend the same time on the way they go to the cinema and watching movie. I believe that the comfort at home is so appealing and admirable for people. Besides that, people who watch movie at home have more freedom.


    This is awkward and ungraceful
    > In addition, it seems to be bringing up new topics -- when it's too late now to do so (not that they are developed anyway)
    > Remarks about new technology are just plain off-topic
    > This gives the impression that the author was out of ideas, and didn't care to work hard at coming up with any

    This paragraph misunderstands the meaning and purpose of a conclusion.
    - A conclusion in a tiny essay like this one is not a summary.
    - It's really almost not a wrap-up
    - It is merely a mechanism to exit the essay by "ending" it -- as opposed to letting it sound like it "stopped."
    - Sometimes an essay with no "ending" just sounds like it unexpectedly fell off the table, like a cat in a Funny Home Video

    - I think most of these essays don't require anything at all after the last paragraph
    - But I sympathize with the students' feeling that they have to turn in a dutiful five-paragraph essay
    - At least they should know that if they are writing articles for the college newspaper, it would be advisable to omit this "conclusion" completely
    - In the meantime, they should practice being creative within the structure demanded: One-sentence conclusions would be one creative way to do this.
    - If this were my essay, I would consider a last "paragraph" of one line:
    See you at the movies!
    or
    And that's why I'm catching a movie tonight. You come too.
    Last edited by Ann1977; 25-Oct-2009 at 05:53.

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    #3 24-Oct-2009, 22:29

    Re: Topic: watching a movie at a cinema and at home, which do you prefer?

    Originally Posted by hieppham90
    Topic: Watching a movie at a cinema and at home, which do you prefer?
    ---***---
    WRITING:
    Watching movies is an amazing activity to relax for many people nowadays. After a hard-working day, what can be more satisfying than watching films and concentrating with amusement on the plots? I like seeing films, too. Although I have many film DVDs at home, I still prefer watching films at cinemas.

    One of the biggest factors that make me feel like watching films at cinemas is the bigger screen and realer sound I can enjoy there.
    They believe that the cinema has a better atmosphere to enjoy the movie. ---I guess I think that is true...

    I have a TV which can play my DVDs, but I do not have enough money to buy a modern and fashioned system of projector and loudspeakers which is sold with an extremely high price at store. Furthermore, even if I could afford it, I still would not feel as satisfied as in a cinema, because I know that cinemas always invest their capital in developing the quality of their films, so the images and sound in cinemas are usually perfect, and I do not think that anyone can easily get such quality in his home.
    Besides a higher quality of the films, a second factor that makes me attached to cinemas is that I can take this as an opportunity to go out and get out of the confine of my house. After an exhausting week with a lot of stresses that have strained on me, time for resting is really invaluable for me. So I always wait for weekends to relax, at night, I want go out and breathe the cool breeze of the night, and I often go to the cinema to see a film so that I can effectively use the remaining time of freedom. This is also a chance for me to get out of my house and enjoy a new wider space, interact with people and be more positive.
    Additionally, the third reason for my statement is that by going to a cinema, I can watch the film with many people. Actually, I can invite my friends to my house to watch a film with me, but I still do not think it is a great idea, because nowhere can we find as many people watching the same movie as in a cinema. Moreover, when watching film in a cinema, one can laugh, cry and even be scared about the films with people all around him, he can talk freely with others about the film and the characters, which makes the films even more interesting and more attracting than at home.
    In my opinion, watching films in cinemas is preferable to watching them at home because of the above reasons. Today, cinemas are trying to improve the standard of their films, many technologies are developed to make the viewers feel as real as possible, and this makes watching films at cinemas an impossible-to-miss chance to get.
    Your essays are improving!

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    #4 29-Oct-2009, 04:35

    Re: Topic: watching a movie at a cinema and at home, which do you prefer?

    Originally Posted by Ann1977
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    Nicely-done, well-organized essay. This essay would score at least a B in most freshman classes in most Universities in the US.

    The use of transitions is especially fine:
    - One of the biggest factors that make me feel like watching films at cinemas is ...
    - Besides a higher quality of the films, a second factor that makes me attached to cinemas is...
    These excellent transitions keep the reader on track, and give the feeling that the author is firmly in control of the material and the essay.
    ------------------------

    The essay gave three sound reasons for this preference:

    • Better audio and visual quality
    • Getting out of the house for a spell
    • Sharing the experience with an audience

    Even more, the author used intelligence and judgment in planning the sequence of the points, putting them in their best possible order (the weakest point buried in the middle, and the strongest point last)

    However, the student had a lot of trouble thinking of how to draw out these self-evident observations. One of the biggest weakness of this essay is the large amount of repetition:
    "I do not have enough money to buy a modern and fashioned system of projector and loudspeakers which is sold with an extremely high price at store..."
    This is all padding and repetition, the long way to say, "While their quality may approach that found in cinemas, big home theater systems are too expensive."

    The result of not finding ways to bolster the topic assertions was to make the paragraphs' supporting points sound like a stretch. This is the biggest fault with this essay. Only the fact that the paragraph topics are good keeps the essay from sinking completely into an unconvincing snow job:
    "So I always wait for weekends to relax, at night, I want go out and breathe the cool breeze of the night, and I often go to the cinema to see a film so that I can effectively use the remaining time of freedom. This is also a chance for me to get out of my house and enjoy a new wider space, interact with people and be more positive.
    "

    This is not an acceptable way to say,"Besides, it gets me out of the house."
    ------------------------------------

    The author was enterprising in trying to use "personal experience" as a way to bolster the topic assertions of the paragraphs, but the attempt was not completely successful. The author needed to work harder to think of ways to state the obvious without being repetitive or infantile.

    One tactic that can be used sometimes is to acknowledge the opposite point of view: Going out is a lot of trouble and fuss when you're tired; going to the movies is expensive; going alone is no fun, so you have to mesh with the schedules of your friends. "These are disincentives to going to the movies, but even so, it is still preferable because .... "

    If the useless words, self-evident observations, and repeats were deleted (as they should be), the essay would be about 1/3 of its present length (as it should be)

    If the student needs to write a longer essay, he needs more ideas -- not more words.
    -----------------------------

    The last transition is not as good as the first two.

    Additionally, the third reason for my statement is that by going to a cinema, I can watch the film with many people.
    "Additionally" is not the best transition signpost
    > Since the author was clever enough to save the best reason for last, then "the best reason" is a better transition signpost
    > "for my statement" is not only awkward, it is an "anti-orientation" because it causes doubt about which "statement" is meant
    But the best reason for going to the movies is to participate with an audience in the shared experience.

    I debated back and forth about including an orienting phrase:
    "But the best reason to go to the movies instead of watching movies at home is that going to the movies allows me to participate ..."
    > In the end I rejected it as not necessary enough to bear all those words.
    > I also thought that the stuffy and long-winded nature of the remarks was out of sync with the actual MEANING of the words ("It's more fun!") Nothing could be less fun than reading all those words.
    -------------------------------------

    The introduction and conclusion are not particularly great. The author needed to work harder to make them smooth and graceful.

    Watching movies is an amazing activity to relax for many people nowadays.
    Such amazing piece of writing ...I really congratulate you of the way that you have in writing!!

    After a hard-working day, what can be more satisfying than watching films and concentrating with amusement on the plots? I like seeing films, too. Although I have many film DVDs at home, I still prefer watching films at cinemas.
    > I think the author missed a chance to "back up" far enough from the topic.
    > The Intro is the place to establish your essay in its larger context, to place it in a bigger frame
    > Thinking up what that "frame" could be does require a few minutes of reflection, but I don't think the author worked toward that goal. I think the author got distracted by the prompt into charging straight ahead into setting up his three points, and so lost his chance to write a distinguished Intro.
    > I think a much better intro would be one that discusses some larger aspect of the theme: What do movies MEAN to us? or "How many gazillion dollars have we been spending on DVDs -- and what has happened to the movie industry as a result? Are movie houses dead?"
    I would have gone with this:
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