Monday, April 20, 2009

The Movies I Will Actually Pay $8 to See in a Theater

I am cheap. Super cheap.

I will not see a movie in the theater unless I am positive that I will like it. Unfortunately, very few are worth the price of admission plus the extra $5 for a gigantic, bladder bursting Diet Coke. Oh, and the $20 I have to spend on dinner before hand so that I won't be tempted to eat the yummy but artery clogging theater porn, I mean popcorn (sorry for the accidental/purposeful slip, but the MC requested porn about 5 different times today. It's too bad- I don't even giggle anymore when he calls it that. I just answer back, "sorry, mom doesn't have any porn today").

But this summer will be different. I fully anticipate shelling over hundreds of dollars at the Larry H Miller Megaplex theaters in Salt Lake and Ogden (they have reserved seating- brilliant! Layton theaters, take notice!). There are so many great movies out there, most headlined by some serious eye candy.

Therefore, I present my list of the movies I will actually enter a theater to see this summer. I am sure no one really cares what movies I am seeing, but humor me here. I'm doing this mostly so that I won't forget any of them- and besides, they are a no-brainer date night (just as long as I keep the chick flicks to a minimum).

1. X-Men Origins:Wolverine- There could be no dialogue or plot line in this entire movie and my sister Fancy and I would still go see it. Hugh Jackman, on a giant screen, for 2 hours. Enough said

2. Star Trek- When did the wannabe King of Genovia dump Princess Mia and time travel to the future to become an angst and demon ridden Captain Kirk? As distracting as he will be, I'll still see this 1000th remake of the Star Trek series to support my favorite creepy serial killer Sylar (aka Zachary Quinto).

3. GI Joe:Rise of Cobra- I loved GI Joe as a kid- the toys, the cartoon, the lunch boxes.... I think my Barbie even had a love child with the Cobra Commander at one point (my bad boy thing started pretty young).

4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen- What amazes me about how much I loved the first Transformers movie is that A) there were no attractive actors in it- okay males, don;t form a mob. I meant male actors. Megan Fox doesn't count. Stop drooling. And B) I found the toys annoying and totally incompatible with any of the soap opera-esque dramas that I created for my dolls.

5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- Although we did get Twilight early, it still didn't completely buffer the disappointment of having the latest installment of my favorite movie series of all time pushed back 8 months. Half-Blood Prince was my 2nd favorite book in the series, and I can't wait to see Harry and Gini FINALLY get together on screen. Oh, and Dumbledore's rotting hand.

6. Night at the Museum II- The first was brilliant, so I have high hopes for the second. I love that Ben Stiller and other comedians are making more family friendly films. It almost hurts to say this, but even Adam Sandler gets props for Bedtime Stories. I actually laughed for real during it, not just to make the King think that I'm enjoying his movie choices.

7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past- I had to throw one chick movie in here. I'm not a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey, but I think Jennifer Garner is one of the most beautiful and charismatic actresses of my generation. 13 Going on 30 is one of my top 5 "I need a girl movie marathon" picks.

8. Twilight Saga: New Moon- Technically, this is a late fall movie, but I am so excited for it that it will remain firmly planted in the back of my mind until November. I am a loud and proud member of Team Jacob, and even though I've read New Moon 5 or 6 times, it still breaks my heart to that Bella left Jake heartbroken to save Edward. Hopefully, Taylor Lautner's portrayal will do this amazing character justice.

So that's it- my list of the movies I can't wait to spend lots and lots of money to see this summer. I probably shouldn't calculate how many plants and trees I could buy instead. Or power tools. Shoot- why did I have to even start thinking about that? Now the nagging internal debate will begin.

Nope, they are worth it. See you at the movies.....or maybe Home Depot........but maybe.......Crap!!!!!


  1. Seriously, I'm the same way. I'm a cheapskate, but sometimes movies just have to be seen in the theatre. Maybe James can convince Icentris to auction off Megaplex giftcards again. Kory and I have been using ours for like a year's the gift that keeps on giving. :)

    Anyway, I totally agree about Jennifer Garner. I love 13 Going on 30. Also, I CAN'T WAIT for New Moon! Most of what I've seen so far looks amazing and the Wolf Pack looks fantastic! :)

  2. I'm thinking that it should be mandatory to take wives on all business trips from now on. But if they don't go for that, I'll definitely have to show up to the next auction and guilt everyone again into not bidding against me for the gift cards :)

    Didn't you just love the Wolf Pack teaser shot that came out this week? Seriously, vamps have nothing on them. Well, except maybe for Jasper.

  3. I love this post. You really crack me up!