going to the movies (alone)

IMG_20150811_1501114_rewindMy usual volunteering partner was gone for the day, so I got off of my shift a few hours early. About two and a half hours really, a perfect chunk of time for a movie.

I checked my phone every few minutes as the bus turned from street onto bridge, bridge into Chinatown, and finally into the heart of downtown. I raced up to the top floor of a shopping mall and ran up to the tired college student behind the glass. I was late, but like all movie theatres, there were 15 minutes of ads before the actual movie.

What movie was I watching? Paper Towns. I’ve talked about how much I liked the book, but the movie was different. John Green himself has said that the movie and book aren’t meant to be water and ice. The movie was good, kinda cheesy at some moments and lacking in interest at others, but not too shabby. The entire time I was sitting there, in the middle of the theatre with no one to either side of me, I could help being… uncomfortable. There was a family of girls above me and a couple my age (hands intertwined for all 118 minutes of it) below. And, being the weird person that I am, I kept imagining a shooting like the one in the news.

Going to the movies alone was weird. I got distracted a lot. That might have been because of the movie but I had a desire to check my messages, my social media, as if to remind myself that, yeah, I had friends. It happens at parties too, when there’s a moment of not-doing-anything, I grab my phone and check in with the internet. I used to be good with being alone for a while. I had fun hanging by myself all summer. But this past year, I met people I actually wanted to spend time with.

So I guess this desire to not be alone all the time is not a bad thing. It does make movies weird though.

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Kingsman.

(photo creds)

For the first time, I went to see a movie at an early screening. That movie would be Kingsman. An action film about a private secret service agency and a boy, filled with CGI graphics. It was such an exciting experience, and was a fun end-of-midterms treat. I don’t have any photos because I was too excited and also because there were movie theatre employees with night vision goggles ready to take me out of the theatre at any moment. Yeah.

The boy, Eggsy, is a troubled seventeen year old whose father died training to be a Kingsman. Anyhow, Eggsy gets into the training program and has a hilarious montage-style journey, making it to the top two candidates before failing a test and losing. He goes home, back to his drunk and violent step-dad, helpless mother, and an arrogant gang of teens with money.

Now, another story in the film is about a rich software guy who, after spending millions on global warming research, finds the best solution is to drastically reduce the population. He gives out free SIM cards with free calling, texting, everything (awesome  right?), and the ability to make people crazy violent( nanowaves, of course). That way, people kill each other, and the few people he saves can continue on with their lives.

The Kingsmen (and Eggsy ) then have the job of killing this software guy and saving everyone.

Good things: Music (AMAZING), CGI (when the girl with knives as legs cuts people’s arms off, that’s too weird for me.), and the actors are all pretty great. It also prompts you to really consider, how can we really solve global warming? And, is it going to happen in our lifetime? Or ever?

Bad things: The characters aren’t every developed, it’s mainly just an action movie, and CGI can be overwhelming at times.

Favorite part: All the people the software guy saves have a chip in their neck that protect them from the waves from the SIM cards. The chip can also explode the person’s head off, in case they talk about it before the whole plan occurs. The Kingsmen take advantage of it, and decapitate every single person with the chip (politicians and rich people and all the software guy’s soldiers)- WAIT FOR IT – to the song Pomp and Circumstance. It’s the song used at graduations, and with the exploding heads made to look like colorful, non-gory fireworks, it is a pretty amazing scene.

Watch the movie if it sounds good to you. See the trailer here.

What movies have you watched this year? What movies do you plan on watching in the theaters? Let me know in the comments below!
Note: I have no affiliation with the movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service besides watching it at an early screening, one that I went and got tickets to myself.

Kingsman.

(photo creds)

For the first time, I went to see a movie at an early screening. That movie would be Kingsman. An action film about a private secret service agency and a boy, filled with CGI graphics. It was such an exciting experience, and was a fun end-of-midterms treat. I don’t have any photos because I was too excited and also because there were movie theatre employees with night vision goggles ready to take me out of the theatre at any moment. Yeah.

The boy, Eggsy, is a troubled seventeen year old whose father died training to be a Kingsman. Anyhow, Eggsy gets into the training program and has a hilarious montage-style journey, making it to the top two candidates before failing a test and losing. He goes home, back to his drunk and violent step-dad, helpless mother, and an arrogant gang of teens with money.

Now, another story in the film is about a rich software guy who, after spending millions on global warming research, finds the best solution is to drastically reduce the population. He gives out free SIM cards with free calling, texting, everything (awesome  right?), and the ability to make people crazy violent( nanowaves, of course). That way, people kill each other, and the few people he saves can continue on with their lives.

The Kingsmen (and Eggsy ) then have the job of killing this software guy and saving everyone.

Good things: Music (AMAZING), CGI (when the girl with knives as legs cuts people’s arms off, that’s too weird for me.), and the actors are all pretty great. It also prompts you to really consider, how can we really solve global warming? And, is it going to happen in our lifetime? Or ever?

Bad things: The characters aren’t every developed, it’s mainly just an action movie, and CGI can be overwhelming at times.

Favorite part: All the people the software guy saves have a chip in their neck that protect them from the waves from the SIM cards. The chip can also explode the person’s head off, in case they talk about it before the whole plan occurs. The Kingsmen take advantage of it, and decapitate every single person with the chip (politicians and rich people and all the software guy’s soldiers)- WAIT FOR IT – to the song Pomp and Circumstance. It’s the song used at graduations, and with the exploding heads made to look like colorful, non-gory fireworks, it is a pretty amazing scene.

Watch the movie if it sounds good to you. See the trailer here.

What movies have you watched this year? What movies do you plan on watching in the theaters? Let me know in the comments below!
Note: I have no affiliation with the movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service besides watching it at an early screening, one that I went and got tickets to myself.