Wrong. To me, December means head to the nearest multiplex because all the good movies are coming out. May/June/July and December are the best months for movie goers, so I always start scanning the holiday movie releases early to see what looks great. A few years back, the DH and I spent the week after Christmas doing nothing but hitting movies–I think we saw Walk the Line, King Kong and two others that I now can’t remember that week. It isn’t the holiday cookies that give me those extra 5-10 pounds we all gain at the holidays, but the movie popcorn with a box of M&Ms tossed inside it that gives me my winter coat, shall we say.
Now that DH isn’t a huge movie goer, but I’ve trained him up over the years and he’s gotten to be a bit of a cinema fan. Luckily for me, the little hero inherited my cinema genes and he’s always up for an afternoon of movies. So while we were in Seaside for Thanksgiving, we started the holiday season off, not with tax free shopping that Oregon offers, but a trip to the local cinema to see Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. I was sort of ho-hum about going to it, but it was his turn to pick, so off we went. Wow! Was it delightful. No cursing, no flatulence jokes, no scenes that make me wonder how they got into a “family” movie and that I’ll have to “explain” later. Just a beautiful, heartfelt story about the power of magic and believing. Truly a wonderful movie that shouldn’t be missed if you like just the right touch of innocence and don’t require any explosions in your movies.
With my heart full of warm expectations, and my stomach full of popcorn, I began to get excited about the rest of the holidays. But as I’ve looked over the holiday offerings, I am feeling a little ripped off. Nothing that looks like a heart pounding good time, like King Kong, or anything that offers a wonderful look into someone’s life, like Walk the Line. There is the Bob Dylan biopic that is coming out, but that sounds more gimmicky than good story telling with 6 different actors playing Dylan. There is the Will Smith movie, I am Legend, that opens soon, but I just can’t go see that. Not a fan of “they only come out at night” movies. I mean, how do you get home after the movies, in the dark, after you’ve seen a movie like that?
So next on the must see list is the new installment of National Treasure. Little hero and I loved the first one–him because he loves mysteries and history. Me because I love both those things and two other words: Nicholas Cage. Go sit and watch Nicholas Cage for two hours? I’m there. The other films on my list include, August Rush, Walk Hard (which looks totally hilarious), Atonement, Youth without Youth and my final must see: Enchanted.
The clips for Enchanted look hilarious and the reviews look decent, and I’ve always been a Patrick Dempsey fan, so this is one we’ll all go see. Besides, it looks like it will end “happily ever after.” And as a romance writer, I can’t argue with that–it happens to be my favorite kind of ending. Like when you find one more M&M at the bottom of the popcorn bag when you were convinced they were all gone.
So tell me, what movies are you looking forward to? What are your favorites? What actor won’t you miss, no matter what sort of turkey of a movie he’s starring in (think Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider)? Favorite movie food?