People say this to me (and sometimes my boyfriend) all.the.time. And it's true! I love going to the movies. I love the anticipation of waiting in line to buy your tickets. I love the warm buttery, often slightly burnt smell of big, greasy tubs of popcorn. I love sitting down just as the previews start and whispering an immediate judgement on every trailer along with the rest of the theater. "Omg that looks hilarious!!" "Ohh I read that book- did you read the book? You HAVE to read the book!" "Seriously? Who would ever go see that?"
But most of all, I love the moment right before the movie starts. The lights dim, I take a deep breath, and I anticipate the journey I am about to go on. That moment, right before the opening credits, I think "this could be a GREAT movie."
You know what? A lot of times its not a great movie. Its not even a good movie. And although I am the eternal (maybe pathetic) movie optimist who will continue to buy tickets and occasionally be pleased, most people I know are not so forgiving. They will go the movies (or rent a DVD) only if someone has told them to. And thats where I come in.
I love movies that entertain me, make me laugh, make me cry, or make forget I am in a movie theater on a Sunday afternoon. I should confess... or really proclaim proudly... that I LOVE chick flicks. Romantic comedies, tearjerkers, chick flicks can get a bad rap but they are fun, they are entertaining, and they are a great escape. This goes for non chick flicks- raunchy comedies, action and suspense thrillers... these movies will not win academy awards. But thats not what I (or you) want in a $20 date night or a DVD on the couch. I've always been frustrated that movie critics will give chick flicks eternally average (many times bad) reviews despite their differences. I'll admit it.. some are terrible. Did anyone see Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigel? Perhaps the dumbest movie of all time. What about The Notebook with Rachel McAdams and NoahCalhoun, err.. Ryan Gosling? Perhaps one of the greatest chick flicks of all time. Did you know they got similar reviews from some of the top newspaper film critics? This tells me chick flicks deserve more love and affection. And how I am willing to give it to them! Especially if it somehow involves Ryan Gosling.
I think Oprah once said "take your own gifts and use them in service to others." That was terribly paraphrased and might not even be Oprah. But the point is, I love movies. I watch movies all the time. And selfishly (aren't all blogs?) I want to write about them for my own personal enjoyment. As Amy Adams says in "Julie and Julia ".. "I could write a blog! I have thoughts!" But I hope, if anyone reads this...I know my friends might read it... once... that people can benefit from my movie reviews, recommendations, ramblings.
I am not a writer. I am not an expert on making movies. I am not film critic. I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Wait, thats Julia Roberts in Notting Hill? See what I mean about romantic movies? Anyways, I'm Chick Flick Chic.