I (don’t) miss the movies

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I used to go to the movies all the time. I can remember first dates, last dates, special occasions and rainy days. I remember my first movie and taking my children to their first film.  But lately, movies have fallen out of my routine. Partially because I’m doing a lot more ‘other’ things that I never did before. Partially because my wife and son don’t crave going to the movies. But mostly, because I’ve lost interest. Whenever I look at the listings, there’s nothing I’m excited to see.  Even when I look at the movies on cable, there are very few times when I say “Gee, this would have been much better if I saw this in the theatre.”

I’m trying to remember the last movie I saw in a theatre. I think I took my son to see Avatar in IMAX 3-D. I’m pretty sure that we the last one. But to be honest, I’m not 100% sure.

So I decided to look at the listing of the movie theatre near my house to see if there was anything that caught my eye. Hmmmmm let me search. Ok, here are the choices:

Captain Phillips – Hmmm, Tom Hanks vehicle. I’m sure he plays a really nice guy caught up in a tough spot. And everything comes out OK at the end.  IMDb rating of 8.1, which is pretty good. This one goes on the maybe list. The fact that its PG-13 means I can bring my son. Although the Somali pirate thing scares me off a bit.

Gravity – Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I like them. IMDb rating of 8.7, which is excellent for 56,000 users.  Metascore of 96/100. Also PG-13.  This has real potential. I may have to go see this.  Gravity seems like a movie made for a big screen.  OK, this one is officially on the must see list.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Pass, I think I’m past going to kid movies.

Insidious: Chapter 2 – I didn’t know there was a Chapter 1. IMDb rating of 7.1. Looks scary. I don’t think so.

Rush – Isn’t that the Ron Howard directed movie I see on TV commercials every 5 minutes? It got an IMDb rating of 8.3, that’s pretty good. Better than Captain Phillips. But for some reason, I have no desire to see a movie about racecar drives. I guess “Days of Thunder” spoiled the entire genre for me.  Pass.

Baggage Claim – never heard of it.  IMDb rating of 3.5. Wow, I didn’t know that ratings went that low. I spend too much time in airports. Nope. Pass.

Don Jon – the poster says its ‘Stellar’ ‘Hilarious’ ‘Genuine’ ‘Emotional’ – That must mean it sucks.  IMDb score of 7.3, Metascore of 66/100. The write up says, “A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn.” Hmmm, this is a comedy & drama? Yeah, I don’t thing this one is for me.

That’s it.  Those are my choices.

Going by everything I just read, I would say Gravity is my next movie. Except I have no time to go to the movies. Which means it will have to still be in the theatres in November when I have time.

But by November all the Oscar hopefuls will be flooding the theatres, and I’ll have a whole new batch to choose from.  Ahhhhhhh!

Well, I’ll let you know if I get to the movies. In the meantime, if you’ve seen any of these and would like to give me you encapsulated reviews, just leave them below.

Thanks, and happy viewing.

R

10.14.13

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