It’s a new year and with that comes resolutions. It’s a chance to look inward and take stock of what will improve our overall health and happiness. This year my resolution are pretty simple – in 2015, I resolve to watch more movies. As I’ve written about before, watching movies has kind of fallen by the wayside due to the everyday busyness of life. I’ve been reading people’s top 2014 movies lists and much to my dismay; I’ve seen nary a film on any list. I wanted desperately to see Gone Girl, but never managed to make it to theatres. I’ve heard great things about Boyhood and Nightcrawler yet haven’t had the chance to see either film. Something’s got to give so that movie watching can once again become a regular activity in my life. And I think I’ve figured out just what needs to give to make that happen.
I’m very fortunate to work only until noon on Fridays. Right now I use my free Friday afternoons to grocery shop or do laundry or some other household chore or errand. I’ve decided to take back my Friday afternoons. I’m going to give up the errand running and the chores and start using Friday afternoons to go to the movies!
I used to go to the movies regularly on Friday afternoons, especially during the summer months to watch the newest blockbuster on opening weekend. It was the perfect start to the weekend and it was nice to see newly released films before the hype, the Internet buzz and the spoilers ensued and ruined the movie for me.
By going back to Friday afternoon movies, I will be able to take advantage of matinee pricing. There may be smaller crowds so I can pick any seat I want. And I won’t have to avoid talking about films with other movie-lovers or dart around the Internet trying to avoid a spoiler about one film or another. I will be able to enjoy watching movies the way I used to – when they’re newly released and when I’m most excited about seeing them. I’ve really missed the theatre-going experience. While life is chock full of so many competing priorities and responsibilities, it’s vitally important to make time for the things that bring us joy. Going to the movies has always been joyful for me. So I resolve that 2015 is the year that I will go back to the movies!
Do you have any 2015 movie-related resolutions?