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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