I used to be a real movie buff. I mean, I used to see everything that was in theatres, just to go to the movies. Once, my friends and I went to see something and there was nothing left at the theatre that we hadn’t seen. I LOVE movies and didn’t care that it was what I spent most of my money on.
Over the last few years, I realized that I hadn’t been going to see as many movies as I did once. In face, I see maybe three or four a year instead of five or six a month. For a while I assumed it was because most movies nowadays weren’t as good as the ones I had watched back when I was a teenager/in my early twenties. Then I thought perhaps just my tastes had matured and I wasn’t interested in the same things I had been back then. This is probably a small factor, everyone changes their tastes as they age.
However, in the last little while, I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be a different factor entirely that has something to do with it.
I gave up television three years ago. I cancelled cable and got myself a subscription to Netflix and I never looked back. I couldn’t take the fact that it cost almost one hundred dollars a month for what amounted to about 5 channels that I watched regularly.
I have found that, without being constantly bombarded by commercials and advertisements, I am far less likely to buy crap I don’t need; this includes going to see movies, apparently. If I’m not constantly subjected to watching the trailers, it seems that I don’t really know or care about their existence.
When I visit my friends’ houses or I’m at my parents, I find myself being drawn back in whenever there’s a trailer for a movie that I didn’t know about. I get all excited when I see something I hadn’t before and then I want to see it in the theatre.
So, I have come to the realization that my need to see movies is mainly based on being inundated with advertisements for them on the television. I still love movies but I’ve become far more picky about them and I only ever see the ones I really want to see instead of almost everything I see a trailer for.
Next up on the list of ones that I’m definitely seeing…A Good Day to Die Hard. Because how the hell could I ever miss out on seen a Die Hard movie in the theatre?