Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I have a new thing I'm trying this year. It's hard. Not hard in a sense that it's physically demanding or anything like that, because in the grand scheme of things, it actually has no bearing on anyone's life.

But it is hard. Harder than I thought it would be.

This year, I'm not watching trailers on the Internet. I love movies, but the constant Internet coverage of them is lessening my enjoyment of them. It's gotten really bad lately. There are too many movie-bloggers fighting for "scoops" that they will literally print any crock of shit to get hits now. Some of them, anyway. We've talked about that before.

I still know about films that are in the works and I know what projects the directors that I like are working on, but I'm trying to end it there.

Not interested in the "first images from..." or a "sneak peek at..." I just don't care. Well, that's not true. I do care, but I only want to care when I'm sitting in a dark theater and the trailer starts playing. That's the first time I want to see anything from any movie from now on.

I remember back in 1998, the trailer for STAR WARS: EPISODE I was supposed to play in front of MEET JOE BLACK. I tried watching it online, but we only had dial-up at my parents house, so it didn't really work. I went to the theater that night to see a movie—can't remember what, but it definitely wasn't MEET JOE BLACK—but that's what I was looking for. I showed up about 45 minutes early for whatever it was I was seeing just to go in and watch the EPISODE I trailer on the big screen.

When THE DARK KNIGHT trailer was released, I didn't have the Internet at my house yet. I left work at the Happy Sumo early, walked upstairs and sneaked in to whatever movie it was playing before, watched it and left.

If that's what I have to do in 2013, so be it.

I'm done with Internet trailers. Take that movie bloggers.

Wish me luck.

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