Just out of college, I worked for Buena Visa Home Entertainment doing customer service for French-speaking Canada. It was a pretty fun job for a new grad. Lots of neat perks like getting the promotional products, and best of all getting free DVDs.
The DVDs were being released and still having compatibility issues with some of the DVD players out there. Therefore, those of us with DVD players would get the movies to take home, watch, and then keep! The only drawback was that we were required to record any glitches, navigation errors, layer jumps, etc. that happened on our player.
Snow White, Unbreakable, Pearl Harbor, Toy Story 2, the Sixth Sense. I got all of them before they were released and watched the movie, the commentary, the trailers, the foreign languages.
This turned me off of movies for SO LONG. I could absolutely not sit through an entire movie to save my soul for the next .... oh .... 10 years almost. Well, actually, if we're at home watching a DVD, I still often have to pause it so I can have a break and go do the dishes or something else with my hands.
As far as movies go, I'm a shoot-em-up kind of girl. In order to keep my attention, it's got to be an action flick. I want you to spare me the Howard's End Pride and Prejudice Boleyn Girl Baloney. No thank you. I actually find these to be painful. I'll take Die Hard or The Usual Suspects any day. I like suspense and plot twist and intrigue!
Last night, I went to see the Dark Knight. AT THE IMAX. It was in-effing-credible. I even metered my liquid intake for hours beforehand so I wouldn't have to get up and pee in the middle of the excitement. This is the first movie in AGES I've actually been so excited about going to that I bought tickets in advance and had Bubba and another friend leave work early for the 4pm show (I couldn't see myself staying up for the 10pm show, you understand!). I got there a few minutes after 3 to wait in line for a good seat. That is dedication for a lady who's 9 months pregnant, let me tell you.
The acting was incredible - the critics aren't kidding when they say Heath Ledger basically has the Oscar in the bag for best supporting actor. He made the movie. And the scenes were awesome. Chicago makes such a good Gotham. Bubba has worked on designing a couple of tall buildings there that made it onto the scene, so that was kinda cool. The writing and action were spellbinding.
One drawback: Tad, this sweetest fetus, does NOT like loud noises. She was writhing basically the whole time which turned out to be a little less than comfortable for yours truly. I didn't even eat treats to make her dance! I hope she's not the kind of baby that wakes up with every honking horn! Ugh.
Anyway, the movie was awesome and the IMAX experience made me have total sensory overload for the rest of the evening. I couldn't really do anything. I felt like I had to come home and stare at a blank wall for a few hours and then go to bed! It was hard to make conversation over dinner. Impossible to turn the TV on.
The movie was so overwhelming, my brain was mush. I still haven't decided if that's a good thing or not. Maybe it's the ultimate diversion...