I like movies…or at least I used to. I graduated from high school and entered college, somewhat unadvisedly, as a film major. I soon moved on to a different focus for education but I had just enough classes to learn to appreciate film. I’ve followed film through the years and have definitely enjoyed the movie going experience. I have tended to read reviews, even of films I’ve never seen. I would say that there were many times when I could say that I had seen a majority of the movies listed on the marquee above the ticket window. Those days are gone.
The last time Erika and I had an opportunity to see a movie we actually made it all the way up to the ticket window before decided there was nothing worth spending $10 on and going home. The last time I walked through the aisles of a video store I spent way too long trying to find something worth renting and eventually decided on an older movie that I had meant to see for some time. Nothing in the new releases seemed the least bit interesting.
I read the other day that 70% of movies these days get mediocre to bad reviews. Of the 30% that are reviewed favorably I find most to be either too political or too prurient to be of interest. I don’t think I’m more sophisticated. I still prefer a good action movie to a drama. Some of my favorite movies of the last few years have been animated. My appreciation for The Incredibles has not been a secret. I’ve seen all 10 of the top 10 grossing movies of 1997 and 8 of them in the theater. Of the top ten grossing movies for 2007 I’ve seen 4 and only two of those did I see in a theater. I have no intention of seeing the other 6.
There are a couple of movies I’ve enjoyed on DVD lately. I liked Akeelah and the Bee. I also liked Son of Rambow. I didn’t like Journey to the Center of the Earth. This pick was entirely my fault and Erika is not to be blamed. For what it’s worth she warned me. I don’t even want to talk about Nim’s Island.
I hope to enjoy a good movie going experience again soon. I’ve got my eye on a couple of Christmas films.