gratitude-a-thon day 24: movies

Give me a dark theater, or my couch filled with blankets, my family and on-demand, and I’m good. I’m SO good.

I have probably logged in as much time at the movies as Siskel, Ebert, and Leonard Maltin put together.  I am insatiable when it comes to film. And, now with on-demand, I can go to the movies 24/7, naked if I want to. (This is not something that’s remotely attractive to me, or anybody else, but I do like the fact that I could.) Anyway, I love being able to immerse myself in another world, feel someone’s happiness or pain, without having to live it for real. I’m fascinated by good special effects. I can get lost in cool places I’ve never seen before. And who doesn’t get off on an exciting chase scene. But the movies that are most appealing to me, the ones that I generally talk about for days, and tell my sister  that she must see immediately, and should actually stop what she is doing and HEAD TO THE THEATER PRONTO, are the ones that are about relationships. I want an emotional ride, a great love story, a  complicated friendship, or complex family dynamic. And, of course, a good comedy gets under my skin, too. But I’m a pretty harsh critic, judging the plot, acting, cinematography and popcorn, like an academy award voter. I’m no slouch when it comes to movies. When my husband and I were first married, and you had to go to the movie store to rent videos, (can you believe we had to do that, and NOW YOU CAN WATCH THEM ON YOUR PHONE!) we had a whole “old movie” marathon going on. We watched all the classics, like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, All About Eve, Double Indemnity, The original Postman Always Rings Twice, every single one of the Hitchcock movies, and on and on. It was really fun, and I often think about how jealous I am of my kids who still have so many amazing movies to discover, because there’s nothing like the first time. I love the previews, the popcorn,  (I give the popcorn award to Coolidge Corner Theater, plus they have wine!)  and the audience. I find it fascinating to see what makes people laugh and cry. After the movie, I like to analyze, rip apart the whole film, and discuss its flaws and successes. I recently saw Silver Lining Playbook, and boom, a new entry onto the list of “BEST MOVIES I’VE EVER SEEN, ” a select compilation, I don’t add to often. It was deep and funny and explores mental illness, and love, and family. While the New Yorker is usually a reliable source, they didn’t like it, which mystifies me.  But, hey, sometimes even the best reviewers get it wrong. (Unlike me!)

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