Friday, February 10, 2012

Five Things on Friday - Go to the Movies Edition

I love to go to the movies. It's partially because I love movies. They're like short stories and I love a tightly crafted story. But it's also because I just love to go to the movies. I love the dark, cool quiet. I love the big screen and the booming sound that completely remove you from your own life for two hours. I love the weird decor. There is no other place on Earth where giant velvet drapes, rope lights and bright orange and purple "go." I like the popcorn and the half gallon of Coke.

I used to go to the movies a lot, and then I had kids. Now I consider going to the movies to be one of the world's biggest treats. Here are:

Five Movies I'd Like to Treat Myself with Right Now
1. Woman in Black - I'm plotting to take my grandma (who is increasingly living my dream of becoming a hermit) to see this next weekend. We share an intense love of ghost stories and all things horror. Grandmommy, however, doesn't like the slasher end of the spectrum, which makes movies that are absolutely perfect for her few and and far between. I think the last one was The Others. Combine the creepy feeling, the Victorian flair and the Daniel Radcliffe of it all and I think we have a winner.

2. Chronicle - I love a good sci-fi. I also love a good twist on the super hero genre and Chronicle promises to be both. Also, I love high school movies. I don't know why.

3. Contraband - Mark Wahlberg. Is there really anything else I need to say? Okay, so it's also an action movie, and it doesn't seem like it's going to take itself too, too seriously. This is a risk we run with Marky-Mark.

4. Iron Lady - This is a biopic about Margaret Thatcher, a woman I find fascinating. If I ever get to see this, I guarantee it'll be all alone, but I'm in anyway.

5. Joyful Noise - This doesn't seem like the strongest premise ever and I'm not even 100% sure what it's about. Frankly it doesn't matter. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. That's all I needed - two of my favorite women doing their thing. I kinda can't wait.

Sooooo.... For those of you counting, this is my 500th post. Which kinda blows my mind. Who woulda ever thought I had so much to say. I really, really appreciate all of you coming along for the ride - it's been wild, but I would have given up long, long ago if it weren't for each of you.

I'd like to give you each a puppy. But I can't. I can't afford that many puppies, plus the shipping would be a bear. And of course, I'm not at all sure that you guys would even want a puppy. So, in lieu of that, and in honor of me babbling along for 500 whole posts, I'm giving away one $25 gift certificate to AMC Theatres.

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what movie you would like to go see right now. If there's nothing out there, you may feel free to leave a comment about the horrible-ness of modern cinema.

A couple of notes:

  1. I'll take entries until next Thursday night at midnight. I'll announce the winner in next week's Five Things. 
  2. Only one entry per person, please.
  3. I will choose the winner using a random number generator to be all fair and pants.
  4. I am not in any way affiliated with or reimbursed by AMC Theatres. They don't know who I am or what I am about. If I died tomorrow and started haunting their corporate headquarters, they wouldn't even recognize my ghost. They'd be forced to hire a medium to get rid of me because they would have no idea how to put my soul to rest.
Have fun!


Suze said...

I totally want to see joyful noise, for exactly the same reasons as you. I mean, I LOOOOOVE Dolly. Love. Her. I read a review that said this movie makes Glee look subtle, but I don't care. I'll probably have to wait until it comes out on DVD and just have movie night with my neighbor, since neither of our spouses is remotely interested in watching it, though.
And do you even know how my 4yo daughter would plotz if we got a puppy? Good thing that's not a possibility :)

Joni said...

Well, I live in a different country now, so I would be able to receive neither a puppy NOR a movie certificate from you. (If you draw my comment as the winner, can I choose to just give it back to you?! If not, then don't draw my number.)

However, I would just like to take this moment to say that I am so glad for your blog! It not only has gotten me back in touch with you, but also with Suze! (Hi, Suze!) And it's real. And funny. And creative. And I like you. So there.

But I don't know beans about modern cinema. Partly because I'm so uptight about all the language and violence and innuendo and disrespect that's in even "family" movies these days. But also because they're dern expensive and I'm irrevocably cheap. So there you have it. I choose Redbox 100% of the time IF there's a movie I happen to want to see. Of course, not anymore because they don't have Redboxes where I live. So now I'll just be completely out of the loop when before I was only MOSTLY out of the loop.

Lisa said...

...What's a movie?

Kidding, of course. With this whole baby/lack of sleep thing I'm lucky to get through an entire episode of 30 Rock. There have been several movies in the past year that I really wanted to see, but Nick and I are both homebodies and lazy. Netflix is the greatest enabler. That being said, I'm curious about The Artist, the silent film. I don't know a lot about the plot, I love the look of it, and I find it hilarious that people actually demanded a refund thinking their theater screwed up.
I don't have to be in the drawing, I really just wanted to congratulate you on 500 posts!