Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Matinee

A few weeks ago, I met up with some friends.  Our conversation turned to having odd jobs and flexible schedules.  We agreed that although we love going to movies, we rarely allow ourselves the luxury of going mid-day, even though we could.

It's ridiculous, really, to guilt yourself into not doing fun stuff just because you think you're being too kind to yourself.  Too kind to yourself? That's stupid.

So we decided we'd go together.  Sort of like having a work-out buddy, having a movie buddy will encourage us to be a little decadent and sit in the middle of a dark theater when lots of other people are sitting at a desk working.

Today we saw "The Place Beyond the Pines."  Two thumbs up.  (There were only two of us that ended up going, so it's actually a unanimous thumbs up!)  I hardly knew anything about the movie when I walked in, other than Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star in it.  I actually mis-remembered any previews I saw, thinking Ryan and Bradley were going to become bank robbers together.  Since I was totally wrong, I couldn't believe how the story twisted around.  I never knew what was going to happen next, and I love it when I'm watching a movie like that.  Great acting all around, even from Eva Mendez, which I wasn't expecting!  In fact, I went in there planning not to like her because I've heard in real life, she's dating Ryan Gosling, and I'm just jealous.  But she played her role well-  She wasn't just a pretty face.  In fact, she prettied down from this role. 

I can't tell you much about this movie without spoiling things.  But it's one of those movies where lives intersect.  The story takes place over the span of 15 years, and you see how actions that are taken go on to affect the trajectory of people's lives.  It's a pretty thought provoking movie, so I recommend going with a movie buddy so you can then go to Starbucks for a little coffee talk afterwards!

Thursday Matinee is going to be a regular feature on my blog from now on.  I'm stoked to know I'll be seeing a movie each week.  With a movie buddy to hold me accountable! 

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