Movies Are For Fun. Deal With it.

Going to the movies has become a timeless activity.  Even our parents and parent’s parents went to the movies.  They’ve become a common place in American culture and have a profound influence on the way people live their lives.  Fashion, language, technology and even politics have been influenced by the silver screen.   Hollywood is an important institution, whether you want them to be or not.

I love film.  I love everything about it.  Going to the movies is one of the highlights I look forward to most.  Every week my friends and I try and see at least one flick.  They’re not all gems, but we don’t care, we love to go, sit back, and slip into a moment of time where nothing else matters.  Of course the world doesn’t end while I’m sitting there for one and half to two hours, but during the time I’m sitting there I can disconnect myself from everything.  No work, no responsibility and most of all no commitments.  I can be a part of something better.  A fantasy world if you must.  All I need is my concentration, a nice bag of popcorn and sense of imagination and innocence.

A lot of people take the movies way to serious.  Let me be clear, I am not one of those people.  I love them for what they are; arts and entertainment.  I don’t see them as anything more or less.  Sure there is creativity involved, and a really well put together shot, an amazing dialogue between characters, a musical arrangement and score, or an amazing story can all come together and create an amazing piece of art.  Just like any artwork, it’s all subjective and one person’s Van Gogh is another person’s trash.  I get that.  I don’t think every movie is amazing; there is a lot of shit out there.  Mostly shit.

I don’t expect most people to share the same attitude and approach to movies I have.  I’m openly and fully admitting I’m the minority in this regard.  People seem to have this vendetta against movies though.  As one friend recently put it, “Going to movies is the ultimate place to complain.” He said, “People complain about everything, the price, the concessions, the story, the acting, the special effects, EVERYTHING.”  Why is that?  Movie patrons are crazy about this, and it makes no sense to me.  As influential and prominent movies have become in our society, there seems to be a pretty big disparity between people going, and people enjoying it.  I get there are reasons why people simply cannot or choose not to go, but I think most people make bogus excuses.

“I’m NOT paying $10 bucks to see THAT movie.”  I’d be lying if I said I’ve never used this line.  I don’t see every movie hitting the theaters.  There are some I won’t waste time to go see.  This excuse is more of the people complaining about the cost.  Like $10 is so far beyond their budget they may not be able to make a payment for their shitty car this month.  Let me start by detracting any potential arguments.  I’m going to narrow this down to a more select group of people.  First off, this includes only the cost of a ticket.  I’ll get into concessions later.  Secondly, if you have a family and you’re bringing 4-6 people to a movie, then yes that can be a little too pricey.  Thirdly, if you’re actually in a financial situation where you literally don’t have any extra money to spend, and you spend your free time at home, or not really doing anything with money involved then fine, you’re exempt.  This goes for people who say they don’t have ten bucks or they won’t spend it on a movie, when they obviously do.  In my experience the people who say they don’t have it, usually can be found buying a 13th drink at the bar, not finishing it and throwing that money away.  These same people go out for lunch or dinner 5-10 times a week and spend at least $8 per meal.  There’s nothing wrong with either of those reasons, but be honest about it.  “No man, I don’t really want to spend money on a movie, I’m going out this weekend” Or, “I like to spend my money other ways bro.”  Fine.  I can respect that.  I hate when people just say, “No way dude.  I’m not going to waste my money seeing that.”

Concessions are a whole different ball game.  You either buy them or you don’t.  No one is forcing you to buy popcorn, candy or drinks.  “Dude, after popcorn and a pop, it’s like $23.”  Well don’t fucking buy the popcorn and drink if you don’t want to spend that much you fucking dolt.  I buy it because I like it.  Not because I HAVE to have it.

My final rant is directed at people who just think movies are a waste of time in general.  Like they have something soooo much more important to do.  There are 168 hours in a week.  Average sleep cycle is 7 hours, so I’ll take off 49 hours for that and 40 hours for the workweek.  That leaves us with 79 free hours.  Now obviously people have responsibilities and other things going in their lives.  But if you’re like me or anyone else contributing to this blog, mid 20’s not married but social, and have professional career oriented jobs, you do have some free time to go see a movie.  In fact I’d be willing to bet you have plenty of time.  Complainers act like the two hours they were in a movie were the only two hours in their life where they didn’t have to be doing something or be somewhere.  Yet, they’re commenting on Facebook or, “pinning” every night.

I’ll end it with this.  If you don’t like the movies, fine don’t go.  Don’t however be appalled when I say I go 3 times a week, or I really love watching movies.  It’s not that outrageous. They’re supposed to be fun, and I keep it that way.

-Phil

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Philmcast 6.19: Jeff Who Lives at Home & Project X DVD releases, That’s My Boy & Moonrise Kingdom Reviews

Our first ever podcast is complete as we discuss some recent DVD and theater releases; as well as preview what movies recently hit  theaters.  Also check out two trailers we discussed in the “Philmcast.”  We also posted this hilarious scene from season 2 of Louie; now out on DVD.

Here is the trailer for Disney’s November release, Wreck-It-Ralph. “The bad-guy character in a classic game who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy.”

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in the summer movie, The Campaign, where two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.

One of Louis Ck’s most expensive scenes ever turned out to be one of his funniest.   Try not laughing at this clip from Season 2 of Louie; now out on DVD.  Sorry for the poor quality.  It’s the only one we could find.

Top 5 Baseball Comedies of All Time


I’m not a big fan of baseball. I tend to think it’s a long, drawn out, boring game but the same can not be said for the way I feel about baseball movies. Baseball movies rule. There’s a case to be made that I like baseball movies more than other sports movies. Sure, the other sports have their gems; Rudy, Space Jam, Mighty Ducks to name a few but there’s like eight great baseball movies I can name off the top of my head and that just isn’t the case for the other three major sports.

Baseball seems to have the market cornered on movies. Especially when it comes to comedies. Just think about all of the great baseball comedies that have come down the pike in the past 20 years. There are so many memorable characters, one-liners and entertaining premises from movies about a sport that puts me to sleep every time I watch it.

So in celebration of the halfway point of the baseball season I thought I would celebrate the top 5 most memorable baseball comedies of all time. You tell me which one is the greatest.

1. A League of Their Own- Some people would call this a chick flick… I like to call those people dopes.  I know, if someone told me that I was going to enjoy a movie that starred Gena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna I’d probably say no way in hell and I would be 100% wrong. The plot centers around female characters but nobody can deny that it’s the male actors who steal the show.  Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Garry Marshall- these guys are hilarious from start to finish AND let’s not forget about the dude who played Marla Hooch… what a hitter. The movie is not only funny but powerful and exciting. The ending isn’t exactly a crowd pleaser but it’ll get a reaction from you nonetheless. An A PLUS in my book.

2. Major League and 3. Major League 2- I was very close to putting Major League 2 ahead of Major League. I know, blasphemy, right? I’m always amazed when someone says the second one sucked. They’re two totally different movies, but they’re both great in different ways. I don’t really care that the first one is rated R and the second one is PG-13. Say what you will, Omar Eps did a fine job replacing Wesley Snipes in the second one. You’ll never see me badmouth the guy who played Black Hammer. Both movies are also extremely quotable. From “up your butt Joe Boo” to “he’s gonna need a rocket up his ass to catch that one” I quote the Major League series at baseball games the same way I quote Happy Gilmore when I play golf.

4. The Sandlot- If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s you’re required to love The Sandlot. It’s a true coming of age tale and one of my favorites. Like Major League and A League of Their Own, Sandlot has more lovable characters and memorable quotes than you can shake a stick at. On top of being funny as hell, Sandlot also has a great story which is beautifully simplistic. It’s about a bunch of kids trying to get a baseball back, but throughout the film it feels so much bigger than that. Every time I watch the Sandlot it brings me back to the days when losing a baseball signed by the Babe was considered the biggest pickle of all-time.

5. Rookie of the Year- This one might be my most controversial pick. Many are probably putting Bull Durham or Bad News Bears in their top 5. But I grew up with Rookie of the Year. I think it’s down right silly and deserves to be in the top 5 list. It has an unbelievable cast considering it’s supposed to be a stupid kids movie. This movie stars Daniel Stern, John Candy and Gary Busey. Stern and Candy are two of the greatest comedic actors of the 90’s and Busey is batshit crazy. How could I not include it in the top 5? From start to finish this movie never takes itself too seriously. It’s one of those movies that I’ll never seek out to watch but if I stumble upon it on HBO I’m glued to the TV for the next 90 minutes.

-Mark

Drive Home Reviews: Men In Black III

Been a hiatus since the last Drive Home Reviews, but they are officially back (at least for the next week). This time we went and checked out Men In Black III, a movie that we were all moderately excited for, and ended up being very happy with. Check out our thoughts and insights in the video below and leave some comments on what you think of MIB III and Drive Home Reviews in general.