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The Movie Thing
Sunday, Nov 5, 2006 from Spokane, Washington
Hollywood probably drives a much larger part of the United States than I’m willing to acknowledge. From the big bucks to the obsession with movie stars. And wherever you are no matter what the movies are there are people going to the theatre. Of course the great American tradition that my generation missed out on was the drive-in movie theatres. I still need to find one of those to go to on this trip. No matter how many movies I see, even if they’re the same thing again and again that we always see, going to the movies is an experience. You spend a ridiculous amount of money, you eat lots of junk food, and you watch in laughter, tears, or screams as you get your eardrums blown out.
However, I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the theatre before tonight. Tonight was the first time on the trip going out to a movie. Before that, wow, I’m sure I must have gone to one sometime this summer. Although I love movies both my family and roommates (at MSU) would be able to tell everyone how stubborn I am when it comes to going to a movie. I think it’s the whole money thing and rather spending it elsewhere.
Anyways, tonight Doug, Betsy, Alden and I went to “Flags of Our Fathers.” I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems like there has been an excessive amount of war movies in recent years. But it’s always a hot topic for movies. I’m not sure how big of a fan I was of the movie, but a great lesson in history, depending how reliable the factual information was. One of the greatest monuments in the country and I had no idea all of the history behind it. It seems like the American war movie will never get too old for the U.S. It really does seem that our country just loves war. But I’m not about to get into some political mumbo jumbo. Yuck.
Anyways, it took two months to get to my first movie on this trip. I’m hoping that it doesn’t take two months before I make it to another one. Maybe I should try to make it to one per month, or one per 3,000 miles, or one per 300 photos, or one every 5 states. I’m sure I’ll see a few more.
Posted: Nov 5, 2006 | 400 words | 3 Comments
Comment by Nancy
From San Luis Obispo, CA
Guess what else we have on the central coast of California???? A DRIVE IN MOVIE THEATRE!!! Another adventure for us Bugsy!!! Can't wait to see you!
Comment by elayne
From seattle, WA
Bit of trivia: Spokane is home to Eastern Washington University (okay, west of Spokane in Cheney), home of the states ONLY 4-year degree in film. That ticks me off. Seriously, besides North By Northwest, there is ZERO industry out there. UW should have the honor of having the program to match the growing industry here. Okay, stepping off my soapbox. I did shoot a music video in Seattle, directed by a Spokane resident. So they're not all bad, I guess. Did you get to see Coeur d' Alene? I love that town.
Comment by michelle
From east lansing, MI
interesting that you mention the number of war movies out there... think about the number of museums dedicated to war around the world. thousands, right? and how many dedicated to peace? just one. it's in chicago.