Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Riske Business: 15 Reasons We See Movies We Don't Want to See
I need to see a movie to feel comfortable enough to have an opinion about it. I know I will not enjoy certain movies but it doesn’t matter – I have to see it before I say it’s stupid or any other form of bad. On the flip side, I’m done with the Transformers series and Adam Sandler movies so I’m just not going to say anything about them anymore.
14. Let’s Go Slumming
At certain times of the year I want to see a particular type of movie. Around the holidays, I want to mix my Oscar bait with movies that are schmaltzy. In the early part of the year, I want to see garbage. I’m burnt out on prestige and want to see a junky genre movie that isn’t trying to be anything other than a junky genre movie.
13. Double Features
I tend to see two movies when I go out to the theater. I just enjoy the experience more that way. I’m always mapping out which second movie would work best before or after the show time of the main feature I want to watch. In many cases, I end up seeing a second movie that I would not have seen on its own.
The movie opened #1 (or to big grosses) and you want to see what the fuss is about.
You get the errant text message about seeing a movie you don’t want to see and decide to go in order to hang out with your friend. Another scenario is the family movie outing, which almost always gets boiled down to the lowest common denominator.
The most frustrating example I have of this is the movie Just Married. I wanted to see 25th Hour. My girlfriend at the time wanted to see Just Married. We argued because I knew if I didn’t see 25th Hour that weekend (I was on winter break in Chicago), I wasn’t going to be able to see it for months (I was in school in Indiana and it took a while for them to get the indies, ironic because it’s Indie-Ana!). I lost the arguement in every regard. We saw Just Married, still had the arguement and I had to wait four months to see 25th Hour. Dating sucks sometimes. Oh yeah, I’m also selfish.
10. Do You Like Fiction Movies?
The movie in question looks lousy, but you tend to enjoy action, horror, Pixar etc. and you hope that the movie exceeds your expectations and delivers the goods.
Starting anew is exciting. Who doesn’t love kickoffs? I can’t imagine missing the first movie of the summer no matter how bad it looks (cough, Van Helsing, cough). This also applies to the first major release of the year, the first awards-bait movie of the fall and the first movie of the holiday season.
8. Taste This, See if it’s Bad
This might be my own personal malfunction, but sometimes I’ll go to a movie ironically after hearing it’s crazy bad and actively want it to be bad. It’s stupid, but either way I win because I’m a) proven right and feel superior or b) proven wrong and the movie is good.
I hate when movies get ganged up on and called bombs even by people who haven’t seen them. These are the types of movies I am more willing to give a pass to and secretly crossing my fingers are good to shut up the haters.
6. Go Big or Go Home
For some movies I think I might as well see it in the most expensive way possible. That means taking in a garbage movie in D-Box or IMAX 3D because it stands the best chance that I’ll like it by watching it under exaggerated and optimal conditions.
Who hasn’t been here before? The movie has an actor/actress/director you are a fan of and that trumps how shitty the movie looks. I am especially susceptible to this for directors such as Jason Reitman, who proves the point that I will see every one of his movies because I plan on watching Labor Day. You figure even if the movie is terrible, you get to spend time in a world you enjoy or with a performer or filmmaker that will at least make the experience somewhat palatable.
It’s Friday night. You want to see a movie and nothing good is out so you default and see whatever is new. This is how I will end up seeing Maleficent -- well, that and my fandom for Elle Fanning, which is weird because she’s 6 years old but whatever, she’s charming. I hope she has a long career.
3. I Never Had a Choice
There is no way to avoid certain movies. It’s an appointment. You have been marketed to death and the day has come where you can finally see the movie and put it behind you.
2. I’m Doing My Homework
Certain movies become acclaimed out of the festival circuits, from reviews or from garnering Oscar consideration and you feel you owe it to yourself to the see the movie. You are a movie lover after all, and should want to see everything people are saying is the next great thing.
Someone whose opinion usually matches yours puts a movie over and all of a sudden this movie you didn’t want to see feels different, like it was now made by your friend. Your friend takes on a responsibility for the movie and if the movie doesn’t work for you, you question his or her judgment.
Do you see movies you don’t want to see? How come?