Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekend Musings: Going Out

I haven't been to a movie theater in months, and I almost want to say over a year.

After hearing about Seventh Son's dismal opening weekend, I knew its theater run would end soon. A movie with a decent reception can last three to five weeks in certain movie theaters. A bad release is two to three, and sometimes barely two. Movie theaters need to make money, and stocking a movie that isn't bringing in a crowd is bad business.

Monday I went to see it. I haven't been to the movies in so long that I forgot where to go to find showtimes. I stared at my computer screen. How can I forget where to go? Netflix and YouTube really has changed my life.

I went through IMDB and discovered a nearby theater I had never heard of. It must be new. The best part was all matinee showings are a flat $5 all week. When I went last to my regular theater, during a matinee with my student discount, it was $10 and not even a smile.

Ticket, candy, popcorn and a drink was less than $20. And you know what? I don't even eat candy or popcorn, and I don't drink soda, but I didn't mind, since I know I'm helping this business. I spent money and I felt good.

Seventh Son was good. It's everything I expected it to be, a generic fantasy action adventure. That may come off as a backhanded compliment, but I love that shit. Conan The Destroyer? Yes, please! Krull? Give it to me in my veins.  I was caught off guard by how direct a lot of the dialogue is. There is little ambiguity in terms of morality of character loyalties. It's wonderfully straightforward and simple.

Invest in yourself. Spend that time binge watching Netflix with family or friends, or by yourself. Go the movies. Check out the beach. Learn to enjoy the small vacations of the week. Our personal lives don't automatically work for us, we have to work it, just as hard as any other job.

Since we're talking of Seventh Son, and Julianne Moore is the main antagonist, I'll bring out one of my favorite quotes she gave in an interview that I'm relating to at the moment, "I discovered that [practice of self-reflecting] was as important as my professional life. I didn’t spend the time; I didn’t invest… You have to make your personal life happen as much as your career."