I feel like TV and movies are the best way to shut my brain off. My mind is always thinking about something; my next book, promoting my first book, finances, what Meghan and me are doing for dinner, what chores I need to do, what can I do better at work to keep my job, wondering if I'm keeping in touch with family and friends enough, need to wash the car, and every other thing that might come to mind throughout every part of the day. Also, this is a reason I like to make lists so I can remember to do things, which translates to making lists for everything.
I think that's why I enjoy TV and movies so much, because I can truly just shut my brain off and get fully involved in the show or movie I'm watching. It's like they're my pressure release valve so my brain doesn't overload. Now, that being said, I went to see one movie (of my choosing) in theater last year. Before (and after) I got married, I've been trying to be more frugal with my (and now our) money especially since movies are so expensive. I used to see movies left and right when I lived in Radford, because there are a couple of great theaters that are really cheap. I'm talking about regular ticket prices of $5, with matinee being a little cheaper. And if you want popcorn and drink, you can see a movie and spend about $10 on ticket, drink, and popcorn. How great is that!
So Meghan and I each chose a movie that we wanted to see last year; we saw Bridesmaids (Meghan's pick) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (my choice). After a few messages on Facebook, I realized that I'm going to have to make some tough decisions about what movies to see this year. Last year, I chose Harry Potter over Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, (as you can tell, I love comic book/sci-fi movies, well most of them) and any other movie I can't think of right now. I have seen all of the mentioned on DVD with the exception of Green Lantern.
This year's blockbusters include The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Raven, Dark Shadows, Men in Black III, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, G.I. Joe: Retaliation (disappointed with the first, but this one has Bruce Willis), The Bourne Legacy, The Hobbit, and any other movie that might seem intriguing when I see a preview of it. There are a ton of movies that seem theater worthy and I'll have to severely narrow down my list. Eeesh.
But when I do see a movie or two this year, I am going to thoroughly enjoy it. And the decision making process begins now.