Okay, I've been quite busy and haven't written as much as I would've liked to. I just finished my Creative Writing Unit and spent countless hours grading papers and not getting totally overwhelmed by that and debate and church and family and... well, you get the idea. It gets like that sometimes. That's okay, I don't mind - I love what I do. Today and tomorrow, since I stayed late at work the last two nights, have given me some writing time I hope to use well. Since Tammy's out of town I will resist the urge to watch Les Mis yet again. I can't promise anything...
I have a crusade I must go on this week. No, no, I'm not looking to get my brother-in-law recognized for his work in the first two world wars. I won't be discussing the possible conspiracy theory that Dick Cheney actually is Darth Vader. Nor will I be ranting on and on about whether or not I get to keep my doctor. I certainly will not bring up how the dream of being a U.S. Senator was crushed the day Minnesota elected Al Franken. Come on, no matter how crazy left or right you are that was the day the music died (to steal a line from American Pie) in our government's history. I realize since the passing of the 17th Amendment that radicals would be elected on both sides of the aisle and I can live with the Rand Paul's and Bernie Sander's because they truly believe in what they stand for. But Franken, I had (what I thought was) the honor of sitting in on the United States Senate a few years ago (I always wanted to be a Senator) and watched that man put his feet up on the desk with a look of disgust on his face as he listened to another Senator give a speech. Shameful. Anyway, sorry, I digress. My real issue, the one I want to champion today, is about going to the movies...
I LOVE the movies. As many of you know by now I mention tons of them right here on this blog. There are many movies I have seen dozens of times. Tammy and I go to the movies often and buy the yearly bucket that really costs them more than we pay... even at eight hundred and ninety five dollars a scoop - or something like that. The only thing I sneak in (and I told the general manager this) are my Recesses Peanut Butter cups they no longer sell there. I don't mind paying the ticket price and being gouged at the popcorn stand ($6 soda, that's with no bourbon in it) when I go. We have a great time seeing the latest films.
I don't mind watching the previews for upcoming movies. I love to find out what my favorite actors and actresses will be starring in next. It's a guarantee that we will be going to see it on the big screen if the movie stars Russell Crowe. He's my favorite and I can't wait to see Noah... I just hope it's not one of those tree hugging 'it's about the environment' type movies - because - and I'm no Bible scholar - that wasn't the point of the story. Again, I digressed. I'll like it anyway. Or if Jennifer Lawrence is it. She has become a favorite of mine now. Her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen is incredible. I nudge my wife during the previews and point - letting her know we will be back to see that one or this one. She does the same - commenting on the ones she wants to see. If it has Liam Neeson (Taken) we will be seeing it.
What I want to know is this: What is going on with the almost thirty minutes of commercials I could see at home before the movie begins? We went and saw Lone Survivor with Mark Walberg (another must see actor for Tammy) and sat through more commercials than I get in a one hour program on television. This is just plain unacceptable. I plan on perhaps starting a petition or something. I ask that you write to your local movie theater or local million dollar actor and tell them to stop this at once. It was bad enough when I had to watch one or two Sprint ads or that crazy insurance company commercial but now it's simply gone too far. I really believe this is the end of Western Civilization as we know it. I'll even pay a couple bucks more. I can handle the text your vote to or win an empty Pepsi can for answering this question or subliminal messages that turn me into a zombie that make me go and spend more money at the concession stand. But if I can expect this many commercials I'm going to just buy a very large television (50 inches really is not enough - no - this isn't a Freud thing), I'm thinking north of 90 inches and sit at home - DVR the movie - and watch them commercial free.
The worst part? They didn't even make new commercials for the big screen. Basically we have to watch the same annoying ones there that we see at home. It was time to stand up and say something... for the sake of the high school student who needs a first job, and all of us who just want to go see a flick to get away from it all.
NO MORE TV COMMERCIALS AT THE MOIVE THEATERS!
Join the fight today...
And - go see the movie Lone Survivor and tell the manager while you're there. It was quite a film. If it wasn't a true story it wouldn't have been believable. Funny how real live has a way of being more unrealistic than fiction.
The movie theater plea... go commercial free! (Maybe we can all chant this in the streets and march on Washington)
Until next time... God Bless!