I was not kidding when I said I had no plans to watch any movies this summer. I just bought a bunch of movies that I am sure I will want to see again, and I also brought my own popcorn and juice.
The first thing I did when I got home was get to work on my Netflix queue. I had a bunch of movies on the list I had to watch before I was done with my first round of Netflix. But I have no plans to watch any of them. I don’t know why. I’ve been waiting all summer for this. I even gave myself a little push, and I’m almost through my latest round of Netflix. I’m already halfway through it.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been waiting for a new movie to come out for weeks. I’m glad I finally got one, but I’m hoping it is just like the others. I’m not sure that I’m happy with the quality of the movie, but I can’t be unhappy with a little push.
I think $1 movies are a bit of a gimmick. There are a few great ones out there, but they are not $1 movies, and I honestly dont think that any of them are. The movies I saw this summer were either in the same genre, or they were all about the same thing, and not that much different (and yes I know you want to know about the excellent The Theory of Everything, but that was only a small part of the movie for me).
One of the reasons I believe Hollywood doesn’t have a good grasp on modern film-making is that they tend to focus on the big budget blockbusters that take up the majority of the box office. They tend to overlook the small budget independent movies because they are less profitable. The indie movie has a better chance of success at the box office since you can get a better word of mouth, but it is still hard to get noticed.
For example, I was at the theater last week and saw a movie called The Life and Death of Bobby Seale. It was a small budget indie film that cost around $3K to make, so I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t come close to my expectations. But I was also incredibly bummed out about the fact that I was still sitting through it.
There were a couple of reasons I was bummed out. The first was that this movie was a completely one-trick pony (besides all the acting and the movie was pretty awful). It was just a guy talking about Bobby Seale and the death of a civil rights leader, and I was ready to punch myself in the face for doing that.
That’s not to say that the movie was bad. The acting was pretty good. And the plot was interesting and at times funny. The other reason I was bummed out was that this was a summer movie, so it was supposed to be the end of the line. I was used to seeing movies like this in the summer that were just really really good.
I understand why people want to see summer movies in the summer. I’m not one of these people though, I like to wait until the beginning of the year for these movies. And I also know that summer is a time of year when I’m most likely to be doing a lot of reading and writing. So summer movies are pretty rare for me, but I have had the chance to see several.
And if you are like me, you’ll be glad to know that movies about summer go on sale at the beginning of the summer, so you can skip the summer movie season.