A Sudden Movie Critic

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Walking to and from the movies is often the best part of my day.

I am two-and-a-half weeks in to what promises to be a fascinating exercise in writing and popular culture: I have signed up to be a movie reviewer for at least the next three months.

I acquired this position because I was one of the first to answer a posting on Craigslist. Lesson: Clicking “refresh” over and over can pay off.

I am paid for my efforts, which enables me to say that this is truly the coolest job I have ever had. So far, I have watched sixteen movies in as many days.

While this is only a drop in the bucket of what I will ultimately watch and review, I have already come up with a few observations:

  1. I see a movie every day. If I miss a day, I see two the next.
  2. To watch these movies, I must choose between a theater that is infested with bedbugs and one that is a fire trap.
  3. Walking to and from the movies forces me to leave my home and is often the best part of my day.
  4. I have never been paid to write whatever I want ever before. This is amazing and a potentially life-changing opportunity.
  5. If a movie has a cast of mostly white men, it is a comedy or drama or thriller. If a movie has even fifty percent women, it is a chick flick, a costume drama or possibly a family film. A movie with mostly black people is either overlooked or something sexist by Tyler Perry. A movie with people of other races or ethnicities must surely be classified as foreign or independent.
  6. Trailers have taken on a whole new meaning. Instead of thinking “that movie looks so terrible,” I think “NO EFF-ING WAY. I’m going to have to sit through [eg Jackass 3-D]?!”
  7. I am sometimes the only person in the movie theater.
  8. When a couple other people are also watching a movie at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday, I wonder about them.
  9. There are many more bad movies than good ones. Like, a lot.
  10. So far, the best movies I have seen are Let Me In, The Social Network and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The Social Network is the only one of these that I would have seen under normal circumstances, so there are definitely nice surprises.
  11. So far, I am the only person reviewing movies for this nascent site. Having my voice and opinions carry so much weight in a commercial enterprise is stressful.
  12. The biggest downside has been my neglect of saucysalad.com, which is super important to me.

The site is not entirely live yet, but when it is, I will be sure to promote it ad nauseum.

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2 Responses to A Sudden Movie Critic

  1. Chris Arnold says:

    Hey Rebecca,

    Thanks to your intriguing Facebook update, I have stumbled upon your online empire. Looking forward to your reviews. Sounds like a sweet gig!


  2. royaroo says:

    I’m totally looking forward to reading your movie reviews!

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