Sequels, Captain A, and the Wild Blue Yonder

22 Jul

Out of the way world, I have a day off today.

A complete, legitimate, entire day off.  The world is mine, and I shall take it by storm.

Last night I put in an 11-hour day at work because I’ve completely lost my freaking mind and then went to see Horrible Bosses to make myself feel better.    It didn’t really work.  It started out all right but then went off the deep end with vulgarity and cheap shots.  That, and all the previews -the best part of most movie-going experiences – were incredibly depressing.  Not because they were bad – which they were – but becayse one was for a romantic comedy and the other five were all about dooming situations from which there was no or little to no salvation.

I’ve been doing this thing called ‘it’s stupid to pay for TV’ and refusing to pay people to bring advertisements, poor customer service, and terrible programming into my living room.  It’s been working out pretty well for me.  The only thing I still can’t get the hang of is not having any idea what movies are playing or what they’re about.   So when, from an outsider’s perspective, I noticed a lineup of movies that included Fright Night, the fifth installment of Final Destination,  and (my favorite) a weekend in paradise that takes a terrible turn with seemingly set up shark attacks in the aptly named Shark Night.

Of course, one could argue that the preview for the new take on Footloose is just as frightening.   With a movie year featuring 27 spin offs, remakes, and sequels, these are dire times indeed.  Really.  27.  You can read about it here.

Without constant contact with the television world, I was unable to anticipate the apparent hype of Captain America.  On my way out of the theater,  my eyes were accosted by the sight of a gentleman in the popcorn line in fully blue spandex and shield on his back to celebrate the opening.   I would have taken time to debrief on the experience with Dave, but I was promptly greeted by a variety of audience members who were sporting various shield shirts and American apparel of all shapes and sizes.

Apparently, I missed the memo that we were all going to get excited for this.

Anyway, yesterday evening was a somewhat failed attempt to kick off my 3-day independence fest.  I also somehow got suckered into buying a bottled water, thereby losing $4.50 of my hard-earned American dollars, destroying the planet, and demonstrating a complete lack of lesson acquisition from my recent post, Why I Stay Indoors Reason 129: Movie Theaters. 

Today I will do better.  I will sleep in this morning, head firmly suctioned to the pillow and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the autopost feature.  I will spend way too much money on gas, prepare for a complete mental shutdown, and drive into the wild blue yonder to Virginia.

Somewhere in its bosom lies a Lollipop Tuesday of epic proportions.

Prepare yourselves. 

Blue sky 2

Image by Fabio Marini. Click for more details.


10 Responses to “Sequels, Captain A, and the Wild Blue Yonder”

  1. pegoleg July 22, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Enjoy your weekend in paradise, Virginia style.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      it’s quite a culture shock, actually – what, with all the plantations and confederate flags.


  2. Lori July 22, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Kendall took some kids she was babysitting to the movies a few weeks ago and when she got home, exclaimed to me, “OMG GUESS WHAT!” To which, I replied, “what?!” She proceeded to tell me that 3D shark movie is coming out. And that she’s very excited. Why was she so excited? I’ll tell you why. She and Sam are both avid Shark Week watchers. They love it. Kendall can almost tell you the entire show lineup, all of the major shark attacks in history, what to do if attacked by a shark, and so on. We recently learned that the very first day of the very first Shark Week was the day she was born – July 27, 1987. Sometime I’ll have to send you the pictures of Kendall and Sam outside of the Discovery Channel building in Silver Spring, MD which decorates for Shark Week. That’s right. They put fins and a tail and a shark face on the building. Google it.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      what an intriguing fact about Ms Kendall. I’m starting to think I should get into this whole Shark Week thing. Maybe check it out. Because people are CRAZY about it and I have no idea what it is.


  3. egills July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Jumping up and down in anticipation for what goodies you come accross for Lollipop Tuesday.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a well earned rest.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

      1st part accomplished. 2nd part – hopefully tonight 🙂


  4. knotrune July 23, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    I never get film info from tv anyway, always check the internet for reviews etc.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      yeah, I’m starting to think I’ll have to do that or be left behind.


  5. Jules July 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    IMDB, Jackie. IMDB.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      you and your logical suggestions.


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