Thus, I must be dragged to "the movies," and promised:
- a ride
- paid ticket
- snack (or dinner before)
- carbonated beverage
With all of the aforementioned promised, I may accompany you if one or more of the conditions apply:
- I think the movie is worthwhile
- It's been a while since we spent time together
- I owe you a favor
- I really need to kill two hours
- You offer a future favor
- Bodily harm is threatened if I do not partake
As you can imagine given the multitude of prerequisites, I do not see a lot of movies in the theatre. I have been known to watch movies on TV or even rent one. The casual nature of home viewing lessens the harsh reality of a crappy flick and generally costs less. Having befriended film buffs and even students of the motion picture arts and sciences, I am looked at as an anomaly. So be it! There isn't much I'm dogmatic about, and as I said, exceptions are made so I really don't see the need to defend my preference to not engorge myself with whatever gets slapped up on the big screen this week. My tastes are for older films or any that rely on more than lasciviousness, cheap tricks or pedigree. Sure, I'll laugh over a dumb comedy, but I have my standards.
Hmmm, did someone just wax the floor? I seemed to have slipped a bit dismounting the ol' soap box. Turning rant off, carry on.