Why Did I Just See ‘The Interview’

I just watched ‘The Interview,’ that new Seth Rogan film. I wasn’t going toThe Interview Poster see it because I heard it was terrible, but with all the publicity (I wasn’t going to let the North Koreans try to keep me from seeing a movie!) and after seeing that it had an IMDB rating of 7.9 I thought it couldn’t be all that bad.

It was ‘all that bad.’ In fact, it was worse. I think the North Koreans were doing us a favor by trying to keep Sony from releasing the movie.

I wondered how such a terrible movie could be rated so highly. Years ago I saw ‘Something About Mary,’ after most of my friends said it was a great movie. I thought it was trite, infantile, and not worth more than $1.50.

So, I did a little research and found that ‘The Interview’ was different in that most of my friends who’d seen it also thought it was terrible. I found that the movie had a 10.0 IMDB rating before it was released. In other words, the North Koreans don’t have access to IMDB, but Seth Rogan’s and James Franco‘s fans and many, many Americans who also don’t want the North Koreans to tell us we can’t watch a crappy movie if we want to spend $8.50 to watch a crappy movie.

I just gave ‘The Interview’ two stars on IMDB. That may have been generous, but I like Seth Rogan and the movie did have one or two funny lines (although I can’t remember either one of them). I noticed that in the day or so since I checked IMDB the movies rating has dropped to 7.8, so if it was once 10.0 and it’s now 7.8, it seems there are quite a few people, like me, who are also rating it closer to what a movie we wouldn’t even recommend to a North Korean should be.

There is one question I should be, and am, asking myself, should I trust IMDB in the future? Probably not. Maybe I should start checking Rotten Tomatoes before I see a movie from now on.



Revisiting Old Friends

Once every few months the urge comes over me and I know nothing more is going to be done that evening, no more writing, noHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets perusing of recipes, no time with football or baseball or Facebook or even a good book, especially a good book.

Some old friends hato must be  revisited.

I stare at my small rack of videos.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or perhaps Shrek.

It is not an easy decision.

Should I visit with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape or maybe Frodo, Samwise, Gandalf, and Galadriel? Of course it’s been awhile since I took the time to visit Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey.

There was a night a year or so ago when I found the decision so difficult that I fell asleep while trying to decide. The decision does not entail merely choosing which group of friends to visit, but when to visit. Should it be the Fellowship,  the Return, the Towers, or Shrek one, two, three or Forever, or the Stone, the Goblet, the Phoenix, Azkaban, the Chamber,  the Hallows one or two?,

It’s times like this when I need a sorting hat.

Silly, I know. Every now and then I need an evening of escape, better in some ways than re-reading a favorite book. I rarely re-read a book, simply because there are so many new books to read. Right now I have a stack of 15 books waiting to be read and by the time I finish all of them my total of books read will probably include another 15 or 20 more. It is much easier to visit a favorite book somewhat vicariously — by watching the movie. Of course that cannot always be done. For instance, I recently watched Ender’s Game. The movie was disappointing. I doubt re-watching it will bring back to mind all that the book was, but maybe.

In the end, I managed to choose a movie to watch, I did. The Chamber of Secrets.

Was that the right choice?

It doesn’t matter, because no matter which of the 14 videos I revisit, I always enjoy whichever one  I choose.