Wednesday, May 18, 2011

but the eyes, find the eyes

I have a strong hankering for a matinee.

Sometimes you just need to sit in a dark theatre in the middle of the afternoon, shortening your life expectancy with a bag of movie theatre popcorn. I realize how privileged I am to have this option, and believe me it is not a privilege that I take lightly. Not like driving or voting.

All the stars are aligning for a long overdue movie afternoon tomorrow. The Resident Offspring has the day off from her summer gig at Value Village where she has been retrieving unmatched stilettos from the sweat pants aisle, staring down unruly kids whose mothers have dumped them in the furniture section while they try on blouses in Housewares, and acting as de facto Keeper of the Washroom Key - a role that wields a great deal of power, as you can imagine. It's also supposed to rain.

Bridesmaids is in the cards, I think. Chick flick with fart jokes? Perhaps, but I am willing to find out.

What movie would you see if you were given the afternoon off,
with express orders to go to the movies?
What was the last movie you saw at a theatre?


Wandering Coyote said...

It's been so long since I've been to a theatre to see a movie that it's hard to recall what the movie was...But if memory serves, I think it was The Time Traveler's Wife - and it was NOT a good experience.

Is there anything out worth seeing these days? I tend to think not.

L said...

"Bridesmaids" is on my list for the weekend, too. The rest of the population who saw it last weekend speaks so highly of it that I'm almost afraid. Here's hoping!

Karen said...

I've already got plans to see Bridesmaids this weekend. I'm looking forward to it. I'm thinking The Hangover for chicks. The last movie I saw in the theatre was Fast and Furious 5. Wasn't bad, lots of action and sweaty Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. Throw in some popcorn...practically perfect!

Coyote: Is there a theatre near you?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The Time Traveler's Wife does seem like an unfortunate choice, WC. I haven't been to a movie in so long that I have a lot of unseen films to choose from at the cheap seats, one of the benefits of never going out. We're also lucky to have a handful of art house cinemas downtown where you can always see cool stuff.

We shall put our fingers in our ears, Lesley, and not listen to the rest of the population ruin all the best jokes for us. I hope we enjoy it!

The Hangover is another movie I haven't seen, Karen, although I realize that this means I am missing out on important cultural checkpoints. Nor have I seen any Fast and Furious movies, and I am not about to start at #5.

Wandering Coyote said...

There is one in Trail that shows one movie a week, but the bus doesn't go to Trail in time for movies - it's last run to Rossland is at 5pm. We have a theatre in Castlegar that is 35 minutes from here, and it has 4 screens or something, but then I need transportation for that, too.

Allison said...

I think The Adjustment Bureau was the last film I saw in the theatre. Plan on seeing quite a few in the coming weeks; Pirates, The Hangover and Attack the Block. No Bridesmaids for me - not a fan on Kristin Wiig.

Hope you have a good time at the cinema!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I guess the theatre in Trail likely doesn't show matinees, does it, WC? Although it would still be tight, catching the 5:00 bus home.

It sounds like you have your movie viewing all planned out, Al. With the exception of The Hangover, I know nothing about the other films on your list. I am so far behind!

Wandering Coyote said...

Matinees on the weekends only, when there are fewer buses altogether.

BeckEye said...

I would definitely go see Bridesmaids. If it's at the drive-in this weekend, I may just do that.

The last movie I saw in the theater was Insidious and it was HILARIOUS. No matter that it was supposed to be horror/drama.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a drag, WC.

Bridesmaids would be a grand one to see at the drive-in, Beckeye. You will see why.
Some of the funniest movies I have ever seen were supposedly horror flicks. Sometimes when we are in the mood for a good belly laugh, we'll just rent a slasher.

Karen said...

Dang, WC, that's no good. Although with most movies out today, you're not really missing a whole lot!

Barb, I hadn't seen any of the F&F movies either but Mom and I wanted something action-y so we figured what the hell (plus, I had a free pass!). It suprisingly didn't suck.

John Mutford said...

My last theatre movie was Rio. I became a dad solely for that reason, to not look strange at a kids movie. It was pretty funny.

Can't say I want to see Bridesmaids. If Rob Schneider was a woman, he'd so be in that movie.

But I can't judge. I'd go see Thor.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hopefully there were lots of explosions, Karen, and cool guys walking away from them in slo mo, not looking back.

It might be easier to borrow a kid, John, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Bridesmaids was actually funnier than it appears in trailers. Sure there's explosive diarrhea, but it's very tasteful. So to speak.

bloody awful poetry said...

I honestly cannot remember what I saw last at the cinema - I think it was Let Me In, which wasn't too bad except for the large group of giggling teenage girls who came in expecting something Twilight-esque. My next confirmed movie date is the final Harry Potter flick. I'm crying already.

The McIlrath Family said...

I just walked out of a matinee today. I do not know what possessed me to go to Bridesmaids or whatever it was called but I did. Definitely not my cup of tea. Luckily on my way out the owner saw me and asked, "Leaving so soon?" I told him I was more of a King's Speech kind of gal and he laughed and said, "Me too. Here let me sign your ticket and you can come back anytime for a movie more to your liking." Now that was sweet. Next film, The Bang Bang Club.

I miss the Friday noon hour matinees. They no longer have them here and as a result my matinee viewing has declined exponentially.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I had heard that Let Me In wasn't mucked up, BAP, which pleased me greatly because I loved Let the Right One In a lot, and remakes are always worrisome. Boo to the Twilighters, though.
I have yet to see the first part of the final Harry Potter!

That was really decent of the theatre owner to make that offer, Toccata. It's that sort of goodwill gesture that ensures loyalty. I'm looking forward to seeing The Bang Bang Club myself, even though I enjoyed both The King's Speech and Bridesmaids. I am easy to please, obviously.

pilgrimchick said...

The last film I saw was "Black Swan," and it was OK. I think the director/writer was going for the freak-out potential rather than putting together anything that remotely resembled a coherant plot. If I were given the afternoon off, I would probably go see the new "Jane Eyre" movie. I have a soft spot for classic literature in film.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't seen Black Swan, but that was sort of what I was fearing it would be like, pilgrimchick. An adaptation from classic literature would make for a most fitting afternoon at the movies. You should do it!