I believe this was the subject of a Seinfeld episode but I’m really not sure about cinema etiquette when it comes to shhhhhhhhhhhhing someone.


On the weekend, I was at a movie screening and there was a couple sitting nearby who felt it necessary to talk throughout much of the movie. What is the appropriate thing to do in such a situation? Should you just try to ignore them? Should you politely ask them to keep quiet? Or can I just sneak in a quick “shhhhhhh”.


Now I’ve been told that shhhhhhing is rude and abrupt. Perhaps it is. But is it justified if someone is rude enough to talk through a movie? I think it is but I’m sure we’ll all have differing points of view.


The bottom line is that I didn’t shhhhhhhhh in the end. I’m not really a shhhhhhing kind of guy – despite the fact that I have used the word shhhhhhhhhhhhh (with varying numbers of h’s) throughout this entire email. There’ll come a time though when I’ll feel compelled to do it. Hopefully I don’t get beat up as a result…




On to more positive news and the British Academy Awards were announced overnight. I was very pleased to see the wins of Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet. They make my Oscar bets look a little sweeter.


Here’s a wrap of the major winners…


Best Picture – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director – Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Actor – Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Best Actress – Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Best Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)


I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, I’m getting tired of Slumdog Millionaire winning so many awards. What I’d give for a huge boilover at the Oscars! I’d love to see Milk or The Reader spoil the show.


In next week’s huge Film Pie issue, I’ll have my full form guide and you can enter my annual pick the winners competition. Start thinking ahead…