Why do we go to “The Movies”? To be entertained, to be thrilled, to be frightened out our wits! And, of course, to be transported visually to places we’ve never seen before, or those where some of our fondest memories of life were born.
But what about the “pre-show” stuff that we must sit through if we take our seats before the “Previews of Coming Attractions” begin to roll? Is it intended to be an “enriching experience” for the audience, or just a way to prompt us to run out the the lobby and buy a big, overpriced bag of popcorn and a super-sized soda?
Sure, maybe our brains get a little exercise trying to solve the “movie trivia” puzzlers that flash on the screen. Okay, I wouldn’t have known that “Rapid Ralph The Rabid Rodent Eradicator” was one my town’s local businesses if I had not arrived in time to see his home-made commercial run before the feature presentation.
I tend to check my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter accounts while this cinematic drivel plays over, and over, and over again. But last Sunday, during the “opening act” for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, I saw a “mini-documentary” that is part of a project by online video service Hulu called “Cinelan – 3 Minute Stories.”
The good news about these little flicks is that you don’t have to plunk down several dollars at your local movie theater on the odd-chance that one of these clever films will be playing before the “big flick” is shown, nor do you have to sign up for a Hulu video plan. Since Hulu invites folks to embed Cinelan movies in blogs and Websites, just sit back and watch “The Sound of Revolution” here on Tales Told From The Road (right after the ads, of course).
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