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Thursday, October 25, 2012
MOVIES-MINDLESS OR THOUGHT PROVOKING
I heard an interesting comment several days ago that
started the wheels turning in my overactive brain. The person said that if they
were to sit down and watch a movie, it needed to provide them with something.
Essentially they were saying the movie needed to educate or at least stimulate
the brain. Now I consider myself a pretty deep thinker sometimes, and am often
drawn to movies that are “thicker” in content, but sometimes I just like to be
entertained. The trick is to understand what you’re getting before you drive to
the theatre, before you drop a twenty on a pair of tickets (going alone is a
last resort) and before you vaporize another twenty on popcorn and goodies.
Being a fan of Kevin James from King of Queens, I recently
went to see his latest movie, BRING ON THE BOOM. If I had to evaluate this film
based on its intellectual merits, I’d have to give it a 2 out of 5 stars. Maybe
1 ½. But that’s not why I went to see it. I went to this show to give my mind a
break, to escape in mindless entertainment. And I have to say, Mission
Accomplished! If I were grading strictly on whether it was a fun movie that
lived up to my expectations, I’d give it 4 ½ out of 5. It wasn’t GOOD WILL
HUNTING because I didn’t expect it to be. Kevin James made me laugh—and sometimes
that’s all I need.
(FYI—Bas Rutten, an actual retired UFC fighter was
hysterical as Kevin’s trainer)
I’ve included a list of my top ten “mindless” movies.
Let me know your thoughts about what you like to see at the theatre, or your
opinion on my list.
1)Dumb and Dumber(the name says it all but it’s a guilty
2)Ace Ventura (“three
darts is too many!”)
3)Armageddon (any movie
that leads out with a ZZ-Top song is good by me)
4)Liar Liar (Can
you tell I like Jim Carrey?)
(Will Smith and Aliens? Bring on the jujube’s)
6)Bring on the Boom
(this one’s new on the list)
7)The Pirate’s of
the Caribbean series (Captain Jack Sparrow—what a great movie name played by an
equally unique actor)
8)The Avengers (The
Hulk was the BOMB!)
9)John Carter in 3-D
(Sci-Fi from way back)
10)The STAR TREK
movies from the original series (Okay, it’s out. I’m a Trekky)
I need now is a tub of buttered popcorn. (Don’ttell my cardiologist)