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The Movie Diaries
by Aidan Abhorrent

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I. Must. Have. That. Car.

I. Must. Have. That. Car.
I constantly feel stupid, when it comes to movies. Growing up with my brother, who's a cinephile, I never stood a chance. If I know one or two lines, he can quote the whole movie from memory. I thought I was rid of that when he moved to Vegas, but now I have a new issue at hand: I feel like an idiot every time my boyfriend gives me a shocked look when I haven't seen such-and-such-(usually-80s)-film. He even brought over a stack of DVDs and left them here, which I'm sure meant nothing on his part, but I'm taking as a subtle hint to watch them (which I'm failing at, seeing as how I fell asleep less than thirty seconds after he put one in the other night).

So, I've decided to give myself a challenge. For five days, in lieu of my usual entertainment methods of reading, playing video games, watching TV, and online shopping, I'll be watching movies instead. I'm interested to see what toll this takes on my psyche, as well as see what I've been missing (and I'm looking forward to hopefully being able to say, "Yea, I've seen that" to my boyfriend every once in a while).

I'll start on Saturday (02-02-08) at eight o'clock am and go until Wednesday (02-06-08). I'm not going until Thursday because Thursday is my column deadline. Every day I'll list the movies I've watched and talk about what's going through my head. Basically, I'll be keeping a movie diary.


SATURDAY
When good actors go bad.

When good actors go bad.
(02-02-08)

Movies Watched: TRON, MINORITY REPORT
Today was a busy day and I had a lot of stuff to do outside the house. I'm impressed that I even got two movies in. I wasn't thoroughly impressed with either one, really. Half-way through Minority Report, I got a killer headache. However, thanks to TRON, I will never look at my computer in quite the same way. Really. Typing this right now is making me antsy. I'm also going to forever greet people with, "Greetings Program."

SUNDAY (02-03-08)
Movies Watched: DEATH PROOF
Waking up at quarter to three in the afternoon, then having to run errands and do chores does not make for a good movie watching day. I've grown to hate the "pause" and "previous" buttons. However, Tarantino is an effing genius and I want that car.

MONDAY (02-04-08)
Movies Watched: NATIONAL TREASURE, THE INSATIABLE, SIGNS
I'm going to buy The Insatiable just for the convenience store clerk. Seriously, that guy is the type of person I want to be. Plus, I want to have Sean Patrick Flannery's love child.
I'm starting to think it's very sad, though, when formerly good actors (like Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise) go completely insane. It truly is a time of mourning for Hollywood.

TUESDAY (02-05-08)
Movies Watched: THE ONE
Today was not a good day to be me. Sleeping is good,
When good actors go bad.
but it doesn't make for effective movie watching.

WEDNESDAY (02-06-08)
Movies Watched: SAY ANYTHING, SUPERBAD
"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen." I swear, one of the most disturbing movie scenes I've ever seen is where Diane's father is curled up in the bathtub after his credit cards are declined. And, in all fairness, I have seen Superbad before, but I fell asleep during the last ten-fifteen minutes of it, so I watched it again. And, honestly, I just ran out of movies to watch that I hadn't seen.

All in all, I learned a few things about myself.
One, if I ever try to do something that should be relaxing and mentally beneficial to me for a week straight, Life most likely will not allow it to happen properly. Undoubtedly, outside circumstances (like constant errands and relationship drama) will interrupt what should be an easy task (like watch movies) and make it the most difficult thing, ever.
Two, there is a reason that I don't see movies. Most of these, I never saw because they didn't look interesting. And, when I watched them, I didn't really find them that interesting. There wasn't anything I outright hated, but aside from Death Proof and the Insatiable, I wouldn't put any of these on my "to buy" list. I probably wouldn't even rent them again.
Three, after watching nine movies in only five days, and not doing anything else, I AM SO SICK OF MOVIES!! Ugh! Someone pass me a book.

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Aidan Abhorrent
Aiden is a queer punk rocker feminist with a loud mouth and too much to say. Studying psychology and sociology makes her think she knows everything about everybody, which she very well might.



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