Every time I leave a movie I always think, "I should never watch movies again."
And then I remember that I told myself the exact same thing last time I watched a movie, but ignored it. When we were in Thailand we went to a really cool theater in the Siam Paragon to watch Indiana Jones 4. I had fond memories of the first three and even fonder memories of the video game.
Within about ten minutes I knew that I was not going to enjoy the movie. I gave it the benefit of the doubt until about halfway through and then I walked out and went down to check out the mall.
A few days later the guys were watching a movie on TV. Again I watched part of it and left to write halfway through.
Sometimes the movies aren't even that bad, but I realize that even if it's mildly entertaining, it's still a waste of time.
Today Todd and I watched a movie that has Kristen Bell in it. I loved Veronica Mars, the TV show, so I thought I might like it. It was better than the previous two movies, but was still terrible.
So why do I keep watching these movies occasionally when I know that I'm going to think that they're terrible?
It's because once in a while they're really good. And when I see a good movie, like the Godfather movies that we just watched, I think "Hey, if I had stopped watching movies then I wouldn't have seen this one.
But the problem is that I probably dislike nine out of ten movies. That means that I'm spending 30 hours of my time to see one good story. That can't be worth it.
Anyway, I'm really only writing this because I just saw a movie. I probably see 5 or less movies in a year besides documentaries (which are almost always worth it), so it's not actually a huge problem.
Maybe now that I've written it down I'll be a bit more selective about movies that I watch.
Hey, I just did a post on the same issue recently, albeit in my case I decided to resume watching movies after years of not doing so.
I just go see movies because it relaxes my mind. It's probably my ADD. After them I feel really rejuvenated and refreshed, especially action, thriller and crime dramas.
I've got tickets on Saturday night for Dark Knight, being from the same country as Heath, it's like a tribute with my mates and I.
I usually only see movies if it is a social event, that way if the movie sucks you still have fun because you are in good company. If I know a movie is gonna suck beforehand I say no, and make people do something else! I tend to check reviews at a glance to get an idea.
Also, I really enjoy good movies. Even thought I definitely have seen plenty of bad movies the good ones absolutely overshadow this.
ps: I'm psyched for Dark Knight too! Already got imax tickets
Check out the rating of a movie at www.imdb.com and stop wasting time watching movies that most people think suck anyway. I'm quite sure I'm going to enjoy or even get impressed by a movie after i've checked it at IMDB.
Keep watching movies, there are LOADS of very good ones but you have to get off the beaten tracks, thought you would know that by now traveling the world and all that. Another way to find good ones is to rely on professionals, check out http://www.afi.com/10top10/ for top American movies or check out http://www.criterion.com for top Art House films.
Basically, stop watching snacklike movies, the moment the credits roll you've forgotten what it was about. That's not a real movie expierence. A real movie will keep popping up throughout your life.
Same problem for me.
There are a few movies IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve enjoyed but most are junk. One of the options for me would be only watching time-proven movies but they are not showed in cinemas and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to invest in home cinema.
I'm soooo excited about The Dark Knight! The reviews are amazing. I haven't been this excited about a movie since I was six years old and the Power Rangers movie was coming out.
Wanted was BAD.
I'm working through a bunch of classic movies right now...
In general I'm VERY picky about what movies I watch. It's rare I'll watch something that didn't get at least an 8.0 on the IMDB.
The only finite resource in the world is time.
Movies in small doses can be good. Haven't been to a movie since December. I hate having to just sit 2 hours in one place just to watch a movie. I watch movies all the time on my laptop, i can watch it when ever i want, where ever i want and for how ever long. Unless it's a good movie it takes me atleast 24 hours to watch a movie.
I just like stopping whenever I can instead of being forced to sit in the same seat for hours on end.
I hadn't seen Mystery in half a year or so. Lots to catch up on.
"How have you been?"
When I found out that the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was getting great reviews by viewers and critics alike, my immediate reaction was one of disbelief. This was a movie that I had automatically written off as not worth my time just by viewing the trailer. Let me explain how I came to my first conclusion that this movie would be mediocre at best.
Red flag #1: talking animals. I don't know about everyone else, but I have a hard time taking talking animals seriously. There's a time and place for them, namely Disney movies and children's cartoons, but in a serious live-action movie, there are limited ways to pull it off. Granted this is a Planet of the Apes movie, meaning that talking apes are essentially a requirement, but it felt too much like I was watching a live-action interpretation of Tarzan, complete with over-characterized talking animals that just didn't quite fit well enough into the real world.
Red flag #2: the predecessor was no good. For those of you who don't know, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which also left me largely underwhelmed. This was the primary reason I assumed "Dawn" would be garbage. It wasn't until the reviews started rolling in that I began to consider the possibility that this could be a good--or maybe even great movie... I've never been so wrong, and this movie definitely doesn't deserve the No Nonsense Seal of Approval.
This movie made me realize more than ever that it's not just the movie industry that is going downhill, but today's audience as well. The story was utterly predictable and flat-out boring. But what baffles me the most is how unbelievably far off the reviews were. I've heard people say that this movie was like "The Godfather with apes" and that the story was "engrossing" and "intelligent." Looks like moviegoers have really lowered their standards and forgot about movies that actually are engrossing and intelligent, most notably The Prestige, a movie that really should be the paradigm of modern storytelling.