August 24, 2010
Cool Fire Freeze Frames
AW and I have pretty much written off going to the movies. Much of it is because, to paraphrase the old Snoopy cartoon, "We love mankind, it's people we can't stand." Seriously, who wants to sit in front of people talking on their cellphones or people who repeat every other piece of dialogue or people who bring their entire dinner to the theater? And don't get me started on the guy to the right who has no regard for another person's personal space.
Other reasons to avoid movies at the movie theater: Anxiety over getting a good seat; ridiculously loud THX sound; 20 minutes of crap before the trailers; 15 minutes of crappy trailers; bad, overpriced popcorn; those tubs o' soda; lousy prints; ballooning ticket prices. Oh, and laziness.
Laziness may be the key. Or more likely, it's convenience. If you can afford a big enough screen and decent sound (simply routing your DVD player, cable box, etc. through your stereo works just fine if you don't want to deal with the whole 5.1 surround madness) and you have access to HD movies on cable and, most importantly, streaming Netflix, why bother spending 2-3 hours with strangers in a dark room with a sticky floor? Which reminds me of another reason not to go to the movies: Whose bright idea was it to make average movies last beyond 2 hours? In the old days, when I used to walk to school shoeless in the snow, only event movies were 2-3 hours and they would mercifully have a built-in intermission. Can you imagine the horror of sitting in a movie theater for 2 hours and 26 minutes (2 hours and 26 minutes!) watching Sex in the City 2?!?!? You couldn't pay me enough money.
All of this leads me to the real purpose of this post: Thanks to the convenience of being able to watch almost everything imaginable right in the comfort of your own home, if perchance you want something else to eat, need to go to the bathroom two hours into Sex in the City 2 or, most likely in our case, get another bottle of wine, you can press the magical pause button. Two nights in a row there was an extreme need for more wine so I pressed pause. The following are the two random freeze frames that brightened up our living room (the first one's obvious; a cookie for whoever guesses the second one):
Well, I thought they were kinda cool.