Shannon Stacey

Making time for movies

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We rarely go to the movie theater. Our town only has a “cinema pub” with the big tables and the super expensive menus. I don’t mind the fact wine and cocktails are on that menu, but it’s about $120 night out for my family. (It’s the appetizers that really get us, but nothing saps willpower like things that are fried and/or involve cheese.)

For a while, trips to the theater were reserved for Harry Potter. Then the Marvel movies. My husband really wanted to see The Hateful Eight, and I made it very clear that 20 years of being a passably okay wife and mother had earned me the right to see San Andreas on the big screen. Of course we went for The Force Awakens.

But most movies go unseen by us. We see the trailers on the television and I say “Oh, I want to see that”, but I never do. I think “I’ll wait until it comes out on video”, but by then they’re largely forgotten. We don’t watch a lot of movies. By the time we watch our regular television shows and then spend free/rerun time catching up on the shows saved on the DVR, there’s no time left for movies. I really miss movies.

I think if we had a regular movie theater, I’d be more apt to go alone. Get myself some popcorn and settle in for a movie. But with the seating around the tables at our cinema pub, it’s more awkward and I’d have to really, really, really want to see the movie.

Thanks to the magic of the iPad and iTunes rentals, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, HBOtoGo and whatever, I can watch whatever I want, dammit. And I’ve decided to watch more movies instead of glomming TV series that rarely hold my interest after a few episodes, but that I can’t quit because I started it.

So far I’ve watched Sisters (which was a huge, horrible disappointment) and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, which I’d somehow missed, but was awesome. (Not quite as awesome as the first, but they rarely are.) Next up: Trainwreck and Creed.

What movie have you seen and really loved lately? I’m so behind!

4 comments to “Making time for movies”

  1. library addict
      · April 5th, 2016 at 9:18 am · Link

    The last movie I saw at the theatre was London Has Fallen. It had some nice moments but wasn’t as good as the first one (which was a good “bad” movie).

    The last movie I saw at the theatre and really loved that I can think of at the moment was Tomorrowland. I don’t think a lot of others liked it, but I took my niece and I thought it was a fun girls-can-be-the-protagonists-just-fine film.

    I have a gazillion DVDs of movies I didn’t see yet, oh look it’s on sale, click. I think my to watch pile is almost as big as my to be read list.

    Going to the movies three to four times a month with my BFF is what I miss most about living in Las Vegas.

  2. Jaci Burton
      · April 5th, 2016 at 10:04 am · Link

    We watched Trainwreck this past weekend and thought it was really good. Last night we watched The Duff, a cute teen movie. It stars Mae Whitman from Parenthood, whom I love. :-)

  3. Shannon
      · April 5th, 2016 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I haven’t seen London Has Fallen yet. Actually, I haven’t seen Olympus Has Fallen yet, though I did see and love White House Down.

    And I really need to watch Trainwreck. I’ve had it on my iPad since it released to iTunes.

  4. Heather B
      · April 9th, 2016 at 9:15 am · Link

    I’m in the same boat. I don’t know why I don’t go see more movies. Especially since I have a husband who works in a different state and is gone Monday-Thursday every week, no kids, and a nearby theater with $5 Tuesdays. I don’t even have an excuse.
    I thought Trainwreck was a lot funnier than Sisters. I didn’t hate Sisters, but it wasn’t nearly as funny or as clever as I usially get from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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