A year ago I wrote this article about how movies have gotten so bad that I just can’t keep seeing them anymore with my usual level of frequency. This is unfortunate, since I love movies, or at least have historically.
2018, sadly, was another year of really horrible movies… but… this time it didn’t bother me nearly as much, because I followed through on my pledge and barely saw any movies this year.
AND IT WAS GREAT!
Not going to the movie theater and being constantly disappointed at both new stupid movies and old stupid movies from franchises that used to be great… it felt really good. So there were many movies this year that I normally would have seen but didn’t…
I didn’t see Solo.
I didn’t see that new Harry Potter movie.
I didn’t see Tomb Raider.
I didn’t see Maze Runner.
I didn’t see Oceans Eight.
I didn’t see Venom.
I didn’t see that Purge movie.
I didn’t see Wrinkle In Time.
I didn’t see Halloween.
I didn’t see Bohemian Rhapsody.
I didn’t see Robin Hood.
And on and on.
All of these terrible movies that I didn’t have to see, and man, what a relief! My decision to cut back on movies churned out from a society suffering from slow cultural collapse was a good one.
That doesn’t mean my new system was perfect. I still got burned a few times. I got sucked in enough to see the new Jurassic Park movie, the new Incredibles movie, the new Predator movie, and all three were all shit. But hey, three horrible movies in a year is much better than 20, which is what I was doing before.
There were also a few good movies this year. Not very many, but a few. Avengers Infinity War was utterly fantastic, and a huge achievement in many ways. The movie Upgrade was sublime, and is exactly the type of movie I wished Hollywood made more of (mid-budget action movies made by creative directors). I re-watched that movie several times. Ready Player One was basic popcorn fun, but good basic popcorn fun. The new Mission Impossible movie was pretty good too.
If the buzz is good, I will cautiously go see Mortal Engines, which might be good. Pink Firefly is begging me to go see Aquaman and Bumblebee with her, so I might do that. Maybe.
I’m just pleased that my decision to see fewer movies, as sad as it was, was the right one. Lately I’ve been more focused on books and travel for my entertainment than movies. It looks like I’ve made the right choice.