Ah, movies. There's nothing like a 2 hour break from real life to be inspired, scared, thrilled, sad, or completely amused to the point of gut-splitting laughter. And buttered popcorn, in my opinion, should be considered its own food group with a Recommended Daily Allowance. Seriously. Sometimes the hubs will drop the kids off at the theatre, GO INSIDE, and pay $8 to buy me one of those big buttery buckets!
One thing that I have always wondered is how in the world you are supposed to pick your "Favorite Movie"? I mean, really! Out of the tens of thousands of movies ever produced in the history of cinematography you are actually supposed to narrow it down to ONE? Yes, please pick between Gone with the Wind, It's a Wonderful Life, Star Wars (any of them), E.T., Sound of Music, Indiana Jones, Top Gun, Forrest Gump, Lethal Weapon, Good Will Hunting, The Sixth Sense, any of the Bourne movies, The Matrix, and Rocky (Have fond memories of me and my sis sitting on the couch one weekend when we were young adults and our parents were out town. We watched ALL four of the Rocky movies in a row that were out at the time. A Rocky Marathon! We found a lot of discrepancies. Good times, good times.).
This is not to mention any number of well-written rom-coms like Dirty Dancing, When Harry Met Sally, Miss Congeniality, and Legally Blonde; and the entire suite of Disney movies! I'm sure I'm forgetting ANY NUMBER of great movies on my own favorites list but there are so many I have seen multiple times that I can't even name them all.
The biggest bummer about movie watching is when you pay big bucks at the theatre and the movie is a total disappointment. Yep, there's two hours of my life I'll never get back and $25 (remember, movie popcorn. $8 a bucket). Even when you buy a $5 movie in the clearance bin or rent a movie you still get annoyed if the movie stinks.
RAOK #23 is a little kindness at the Red Box! Now, I must sheepishly admit that I personally have never even tried Red Box. One reason is because we are lame. Apparently Red Box charges for every day you don't return the movie so for us, we might end up spending that $25 anyway on the rental. Also, we have Netflix and cable with On Demand movies. If we like a movie well enough, we'll buy it and add it to our vast enormous collection of movies. And let's just all agree right now . . . no one buys whatever comes out AFTER Blue-Ray! I'm tired of having to replace my movie collection every time new technology pops up!
So here is a little "movie love" for some stranger getting ready to rent a movie at the Red Box. If it turns out to be a cruddy movie, at least they didn't waste their money .. . .just their time!
P.S. Some random dude and his girl saw me photographing the money/RAOK card and said "Did you just see that on there or are you the one who put it up there?" I told him what I was doing and he was SO excited. Said that it went along with his life philosophy of "paying it forward'. I told him about the blog and gave him my web address. Random dude, if you are reading this, thanks for the encouragement! It's people like you that have made my mission fun!
P.S.S. Have you ever noticed that it is fine for a play to have a sad or totally tragic ending and we accept that, but if a movie does then we leave all mad because the ending didn't resolve well? Why is that?
P.S.S.S. Did I miss one of your favorite movies? Write it in the comments below (you can post as "anonymous" if you are not a google user, just leave your name if you want me to know who you are!)