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A Presidential Movie Review

This past Spring and Summer I participated in a certain activity more often than usual. This activity involves $8 tickets and $6 sodas, along with sitting alone in the dark amongst a bunch of people you don’t know. I’m, of course, talking about going to the movies. All of the movies that I watched were all “The” movies. You know, like The Hunger Games, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider Man, and The Dark Knight Rises. That is, all but one. The one movie that wasn’t a “The” movie was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

I’ve given all of these movies reviews, in one way or another, except for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This was a great movie. It took a really great story and turned it on its head. It takes real life occurrences and twist the reasoning around to include Vampires. The DVD just came out a week or so ago and I’ve been enjoying it all over again. The reason that I’m talking about all of this now is because I went to the movies again this weekend. This time I went to go see Lincoln, staring Daniel Day-Lewis.

[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illin...
Abraham Lincoln (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

This was a wonderful movie, but I want to tell you about a past moving going experience first. Back from before I joined the Church. Before going to the movies was a bit of an event. I usually went with a buddy of mine, cause we always wanted to see the same movies. What would usually happen was he would pick me up about 30 minutes early, and we would ride around trying to get in the right frame of mind, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, we would get high, because this was supposed to add to the experience.

One of the last movies I did this with was 300, the one about the Spartans. I walked into the theater sufficiently stoned.  While standing there the worker called over to us and said he could help. He just so happened to be the son of one of the guys we work for. That was only mildly nerve-wracking. We both ordered large sodas, for reasons that I shouldn’t have to explain. That movie was also a great one, from what I remember. What I do remember is about half way through I hadn’t started “coming down” yet. This was making me nervous. For the entirety of the second half of the movie I was sitting there wishing for the movie to not end. Not because I was enjoying it so much, but because I was having a hard time feeling my legs. I didn’t want to risk falling on my face in front of a bunch of people.

I had a similar experience while watching Lincoln. Lincoln is a 2 and a half hour-long movie that focuses on the events around the time before, and directly after when  the Amendment 13 was passed. Day-Lewis looked the part, and even sounded like you would expect Lincoln to sound. All of the actors did a wonderful job. It was also interesting to see what all really happened, or so they say, around that time in History.

Lincoln next to Lincoln (Day-Lewis)

After buying our tickets we went to the food counter where I purchased a large soda. I’m sure it measured out to about a quart of cola (Pepsi that is). I like having something to drink while I watch movies. This can be an inconvenience at times. About half way through this movie I had the urge to “pee like a race horse.” I was having a different thought process as opposed to the other movie. This time I was wishing for it to be over, as were many other people. After it were over I headed to the men’s room, with drink in hand, and took care of business. I was the only person that brought their drink with them. I suspect this was because they didn’t want to even see a drink after waiting that long for relief. The way I saw it, I paid $6, by golly I was going to finish it.

How does your moving going experience usually go?

19 thoughts on “A Presidential Movie Review

  1. As a family of six, going to the theater is rare. It’s just too expensive. The redbox and HBO have replaced the big screen. It’s ok though, I really like staying home and watching on the comfort of my couch. The only time we go is if the movie demands the big screen, such as Batman or Star Wars.

    1. I can dig that. I was at a Church function last night and we were talking about that. You can imagine how many kids a bunch or Mormons have. One guy said “me and my wife is $20, take the kids have to sell the farm”…that’s paraphrasing of course.

  2. I HAVE to have popcorn, the smallest one, but unfortunately with that fake killer butter on it and Junior Mints. I try to buy the Junior Mints outside of the theater so I can get the small box and not the huge movie sized one. I mix the Junior Mints in the popcorn and have the time of my life!

    I love DDL. I’m going to have to see this movie.

  3. Dear Jon,
    The movie 300? We own that one. (I’m a Gerard Butler …ummmm…..fan. (stalker). And can I tell you? I cannot imagine seeing that one on any kind of buzz, legal or otherwise. HOLY CRAPOLY!!!!
    I cannot wait to see Lincoln. We see a LOT of movies. We live in the super small South Dakota Town with a $3 movie theatre and the best popcorn known to mankind. Cheap Cheap Cheap. We go to everything. Usually twice. And, it’s always the good ones they show. I don’t know how they do it. Seriously.
    300? Dude. I cannot even get over that one.
    Love, Lis

    1. Yeah, it was pretty crazy. That part in the middle when Butler is killing people in slow motion? I couldn’t tell if that was real slow motion, or just me.

      That sounds great! We have a $2 place about an hour from here. It’s not worth the gas though.

  4. I have to admit that when I first heard about Lincoln, I thought it sounded totally gimmicky, but now that everyone is talking about how awesome it is, I will consider seeing it in the theater. In all likelihood, we will wait for it to come out on DVD or Netflix because we don’t get out too much these days with the baby; I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I would feel comfortable leaving her with a babysitter.

  5. there is no way I could sit through a 2 and a half hour long movie. My family takes bets and times how long I will actually sit at home and watch a movie.I have not been in a theatre since 1992. I did manage the Avengers on DVD– and I loved it.

  6. I’ve become spoiled and only want to see movies in theaters that have stadium seating. I’m a coke and chocolate kind of girl, and I can sit through a movie pretty well. Thanks for the recommendations!

  7. I require popcorn, and every so often, Raisinets. I love those. And the tub of Pepsi, of course. I usually start getting antsy at about the 2 hour mark. If movies are super long, I start getting kind of fidgety. I can’t remember the last movie I saw in the theater. It might have been the Dark Knight Rises, which was awesome. I still want to see Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, because the book was GREAT. I was skeptical about the idea of Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, but now that I’ve seen how he looks, and how he sounds, I can totally get behind it. I’ll be seeing it by myself because Mr. Weebles hates history movies.

    1. Oh, I forgot all about Raisinets. I’ll have to remember that next time. I have the bladder of a camel, or something like that. Even when I drank I never had to worry about “breaking the seal”. Any amount of time doesn’t bother me.

      Dark Knight Rises was great. Vampire Hunter is really good too, but a bit different from the book.
      I’m pretty sure Daniel Day-Lewis can play any stinking character, after seen this movie.

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